62 spread thin, thin & transparent as sheets of glass on glacier smoothed rock. Now lost in groves of willow [burrowing] like a [mole] threading in the dark beneath sod that covers a changed glacier lake out [away] again in a rough rocky grove dashed white against boulders groping this way & that whirling [dizzy] in pools overshadowed with willows Calm again not a [foam] [bell] to [seen] its voice whispers low [winding] solemn as a river meandering slow through a green [plushy] meadow starred with white & blue daisies shaded with purple bloomed Bryanthus or the [red] [down] Cassiope down down white & blue [daisies] white & blue violets [over] gravel & sand [crystals] [garnets] & [mica] & [pure] crystal quartz [Tiny] falls & cascades innumerable beauty divine adorning all the basin with white water lace & as all these come to a [center] what a meeting of silver voiced streams like blossom covered branches hinting at trunk Now the stream is large & flows with river stableness, hoarding back the united riches of all [her] affluent, [with] leading a peaceful life shadowed by [array] close ground
63 pines (P [Pinus] Contorta) the [immediate] banks with dark heathery carpets of bryanthus in shady borders of groves & in [pure] [places] reaches by clumps of overdipping willows & tall sedges & bush [honey] suckle [drawn] [margins] are glorious by white & purple Spireas [&] rising from flood [limb] [of] covered with blue & white daisies & patches of purple mimulus & the small gilia. Those [ball] flower plots were formed by flood waters leveling & arranging material washed from moraines They occur in recesses between the curves of domes. The basin of Yo Crk [Yosemite Creek] was eroded from the solid granite by glaciers is paved with domes It may be compared to a cistern lined with large boulders half sunk beneath the surface. No where in this section of the Sierra is the dome struc [structure] more [conspicuous] Some of these are sunk deep only rising a few feet above the gen [general] surface others hundreds of feet Some are free on one side while the other is still deep buried in the mtn [mountain] side They are v [very] at near the fall & the Creek flows [windingly] through the dome tops that are clustered together
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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