John Muir


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36 150 ft height of vert [vertical] branch of Ten [Tenaya] Fall. Like the Nevada the Tenaya Crk [Creek] divides a few hundred yds above the fall, & like the Nevada the right fork descends in cascades boulder broken, the left in vert [vertical] fall. The two forks of Tenaya Crk [Creek] are about equal as regards the quantity of water. They are separated by a rounded mass of smooth granite with vertical face. [sketch: Cascades] The stream for a mile or so above the fall is exceedingly woody & wild foamful & mingled with trees that stand in it & over it with boughs shadily interlaced & overarched. Oaks & alders, mostly latter, but in some places maples & spruce predominate, both above & [below] & in the fall There is a most picturesque blending & intermingling of luxuriant 37 trees & rocks. The view from the head of the narrow vert [vertical] fall is marvellously lovely & rare. Such meeting & departing glancing & leaping of water divided & adorned by great rocks of [every] form mossed & ferned, here & there patches of calm. Gardens set in the very midst of impetuous cascades their gray rocks bossed with green mosses & plumed with ferns & heuchera A few hund [hundred] yds back the stream may be crossed by 3 logs Several [places] the precipice is more than vertical by means of the diamond clog of 3 Brothers etc. running nearly N [north] & S [south] [determining] the inner slope of Tissiack Cath [Cathedral] Rock are here seen cutting through [dome] etc.

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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