John Muir


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84 Top Fall (Up) [Upper] Yo [Yosemite] Gorge lol [between] Up [Upper] & Lower visible throughout. After first large fall in gorge a pool then other fall then pool then other last consid [considered] fall Before going over brink Yo Sem Crk [Yosemite Creek] comes calmly & gracefully swaying this way & that at 100 yds from [brink] makes fine cascade of 25 [or] 30 [30 or 40] the pool round & deep. After resting here makes another cascade into other pool somewhat less than the first From this 2nd pool it passes down a hollow curve in a sheet of superb lace until it reaches brow where its lace tissue is dashed & ground into white meal by roughness of bed Several seams crossing here thus fully prepared it goes to its grand descent covered with crisp mantle of glassy beads & [foam] Trees cedars yel p [yellow pine]

85 Warm yellow beauty of happy pine grove first lighted no underbrush they stand opening in majesty from a clean sheet of rose tinted snow striped barred with pale blue shadows green of the pinus singularly warm & yellow A few every tip free & defined as church spire though massed below A few tall dead masts are white & one that has not [been] long dead has its leaves of beautiful brown beyond the groves in [shadows] are wonderfully sombre as black & massed as in a moonless night the meadow snow is cold [blue] No light equal to light of moon in exhilarating power or in color 2nd rock avalanche started about 200 ft at level of sunny overturned oaks laurel ceanothus whose red roots together with pale brown of dead laurel foliage produce pleasing effects in color

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