24 Seen from the summit of Mt Dana Mono Lake appears to be nearly circular. Upon the NE side Dana there yet exists a small active gl [glacier] & at its foot a small lake remarkable for the perfect greenness of its water v [very] precipitous on this side on account of after sculpture by means of this small gl whose work is now nearly accomplished Some 8 gls are to be seen from the summit of this noble mtn & a dozen lakelets. The summit plants are phlox diffusa?, polemonium, large comp an erigeron & yel draba. A little below summit the small yel Ivesia Muirii is ab.
(notes from “The Hebrides to Himalaya”) lol [between ] wh rush the mighty tides wh swirl & roar round hidden reef. Fairy islands in the far dist seemed to float ethereally on the opal [tinted] sea Nor is the beauty lessened when the receding tide waters expose the dark rocks fringed with golden sea-weed. Ben Cruachan proudly seen her triple crest standing on dark relief against the delicate white vapors wh cling to her so lovingly sometimes veiling sometimes crowning this stately queen as they float around her in ceaseless motion. Gloomy valley beside the dark waters. (Natures enthralled with gross [superstions]) turning [superstions] to their own account (like certain worms that feed on poisonous [plants]. JM faint whisper from the silent past.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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