90 3rd day Wild geese flying the mtns [mountains] to the lakes of Mono Walker etc. heard last night & last before travel by moonlight Nook 16 tufts Cheilanthes grac [gracillima] Still more graceful than [common] by the bland tempered atmosphere of [home] 5 tufts Gymnogram [Gymnogramme] 1 bush Penstemon in [center] Sprays reaching out to [mounds] Carpet 5 inches thick Selaginella, 2 Liverworts (flat thallused) 3 mosses some in [fruit] one [liverwort] very flat & green set [among] mosses 2 lichens [Lall] reverberated View of half the Val [Valley] 1 bunch Pel mucro [Pellaea mucronata] Cone 5 ft deep 15 long
91 3 down through other forms of being & absorbed & assimilated portions of them into himself thus becoming a microcosm Most richly divine because most richly terrestrial just as a river becomes rich by flowing on & on through varied climes & rocks filtering through many mtns [mountains] & vales constantly appropriating portions to itself rising higher in the scale of rivers as it grows rich in the absorption of [of] the soils & smaller streams etc To ask me whether I could endure to live without friends is absurd. It is easy enough to live out of material sight of friends but to live without human love is impossible Quench love & what is left of a [man’s] life the folding of a [few] jointed hinged bones & [square] of flesh Who would call that life
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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