but a sealed book to all however talented who are in the habit of making theories without first gathering facts. Meadows all becoming smaller every year. Since coming to sunny side snow thinned on N [north] side gradually broke up like a cloud but a strip of [waving] [curving] [outline] still rests on S [south] side, the curves measured by the size & [time] of shadows just as the moraine groves are & some of the [bends] of [river]. Shadows outside [ ] [ ] the mts [mountains], also sheltering hundreds of small gl [glaciers] at present day. Beauty & life of [sunshine] covered the [Sierras] while yet covered [clouded] by that vast ice cloud, on breaking up lingered masses just as the breaking snow cld [cloud] in the bottom of vall [valley] 29
Yosemite Lake Sunny side sprinkled gardens sheltered from blast of falls by [ ] & rocks Green velvet lawn like Eng [England], largest [gymnogramm] found here & [Broader] Next an open sun [sunny] space with but few gnarly oaks. Ceanothus [ ] & manzan [manzanita] & huge tufts of [pel] [pellaea] [mucro] [mucronata] Oaks largest of [ ] Avalanche path from [creek] 1st stream in spring [broad] white sheet 80 or 90 ft [feet] now small, full of birdlike whistling trills & warbles. [like [ ] ] 2 lakes etc Rushes across [sunny] in glancing cascades
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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