John Muir


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20 Wherever we find a talus we see at once on looking at the wall against wh [which] it rests the angular surfaced scar marking the portion of the wall from wh [which] the talus was derived, but whenever we do not find a talus then the wall above has no angular scar but is ether [either] flat & plain or if irregular all irregularities are rounded off on the upper side showing that no rocks had fallen from it since the evacuation of the valley by the ice. To this simple rule there is are no exception & it is proof of a kind that is within the reach of everyone. Therefore the talus are altogether superficial. They were produced [ ] Proof [Saw] one formed earthquake not in all my thought. Effect on scenery “ “ streams, falls

21 Shadows Shadow clouds snow clouds view of both val [valleys] from Sunnyside a picture a map, Garden landscape that shows the apish efforts of art. As incomparably more delicate & perfect in its blending of various trees & meadow with grove, as the living sun excels a canvas[ed] circle of white paint. The whole val [valley] from top curving around the skirts of South [Dome] along the sides out & in the [pro] salient & retreating angles of the wall down to Cath [Cathedral] rocks Groves not continuous generally formed along the walls the [center] meadows but these are wonderfully varied The river [does not] [never runs through the] keeps away from the [ ] groves where it has the choice of [a] meadows for the simple reason that all of the groves are on

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