12 I have [also] seen lun [lunar] bows at base of the first main fall in the gorge [above] between Lower & Upper About an hour before midnight 11 o’clock [P] an arc of bright color spanned across a numerous company of dancing waves wh [which] so foamy white amid walls & shadows so black seemed like a dance of ghosts beneath a mystic circle of colored spray
13 Avalanches of snow in the Sierra[s] Avalanches of sn [snow] occur in greater or lesser abundance as far down the flanks of the Sierra as Yosemite & [extended] to [summit] of range In [Yosemite] Valley a great number but these are small & of comparatively little significance as far as they are regarded as instruments in bringing about [effecting] geological changes Those of the high Sierra wh [which] I know only from their effects are on a grand scale. Those of Vall [Valley] most abundant in the Channels of Sent [Sentinel] Cascades & Gl Pt [Glacier Point] & Clouds Rest Astonishly [astonishingly] graceful as [they] glide with loud rush & boom first opaque & enveloped in dense cloud of spray [their] long hairy [banners] [streaming] backward about them as they reach the bottom & disappear in forest but when snout of avalanche is [hidden] lost in the trees
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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