John Muir


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13 like rock its upper side portion is grandly plain & massive & to the student of rock forms presents some very instructive lines The next wh [which] is the last of the N wall is a perfect Liberty Cap in form & size & on its existence & shape to the same strength & internal structure & gl [glacial] action that combines to produce the Lib Cap of 1st Yo [Yosemite Valley] wh [which] indeed more belongs in 2nd The first rock at the head of the val [valley] on S side opp [opposite] the Lib Cap is a noble mass of granite 2000 ft high of the utmost simplicity & strength of structure It is an irregular dome in form with many [ ] & hollowing in compliance with peculiar [of] structure The lines of its grand sweeping curves sway so softly that [now] would [ ] it had been [moulded] from [some] soft like clay or [wat] [by] the very gentlest forces Yet is it of the hardiest granite its curves determinedly [bows] [wh] [bestowed] [the] [chg] [wh] [it] [passes] & the [softness] 14 Steadfastness of Junipers & sweep of these curves maintained against the the most irresistible erosive agent in existence The next on the s side are two very [well] individualized rocks with imposing fronts forming the main portion of the walls There upper [portions] are rounded in the direction of the wall & split like the S Dome & with fine flowing skirts that come down its the level of the meadows with folds that are yet finer than those of [ ] the rock is about 2000 ft h above the rim or 8300 ab [above] sea over the upper shoulder of this Tissiack like rock is spread a grand ribbon of white water elaborately embroidered towards the end of July this fall is nearly dry but in Early Spring it is 60 or 70 feet wide & sings loud enough to be heard for miles below these two rocks there occurs a slope that is darkly timbered with firs & pines from top to bottom This portion of the wall is covered with a moraine soil & reaches back to the divide between the waters of the Nevada Creek

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