John Muir


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19 thus forming a headland between wh [which] as in most instances has a split face [sketch showing headland formation] See 2nd Yo & 1st Yo & every other Yo the several streams of ice may be simply one crest divided stream as in the case of this small yos [yosemite] or different streams as Ten [Tenaya] & Nevada gls Ill [Illilouette] etc. [The river enters this valley by] It is [ ] possibly to pass along on the leveled glassy flank of the [canyon] at the head of this valley & so on into another small expansive wh [which] if ever a lake basin is now completely filled with drift & at such an angle that the river goes bumbling through the groves that shade it at a half rapid whiteness, the bottom is as wholly planted with azaleas - at the [bottom] foot of the valley [occur] huge blocks of granite in an avalanche 20 slope shaken by the earthquake into the narrow [canyon] the river makes some very loud voiced cascades in making its way through these at the head the river [ ] by a stair like [series] of cascades coming from a narrow & [ ] pass[able] gorge several [plats] of sedge & [ ] occur on the N [north] side wonderfully simple & separate in their [ ] regularity, no broad [leafed] or course [robust] plant is to be seen only such as are companions to each other in all ways, these gardens are made by small out spread slow currented streams depositing a few inches of vegetable matter on the smooth rock thus forming a smooth garden of smooth [equisized] plants [watered] from beneath the walls of this basin are very picturesque especially on N [north], On the E. [east] the walls present the appearance of huge swelling vines

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