21 with scarce a tree or mountain climbing weed to prove the existence of a seam Climbing out of this rocky amphitheater the bottom of the main river canyon is seen to be completely dome blocked these domed masses that break up the simplicity of the [canyon] are [mountain] in size (1000 ft high or more) & very irregular in form, nowhere else in the can [canyon] is thin large surfaces of granite [barebone] [like] & gl [glacial] polished, no person can fail to be impressed with the washed seamless swept appearance & with its dazzling brightness (for height of largest of these blocking mtns see note) crossing this dome [damned] portion of the canyon another Yo Sem [Yosomite] about 1 mile in length & breadth is found. Its bottom is one grand grove of close planted P. Contorta, with rarely a small gap of sedge meadow the [ ] beneath the trees where 22 small sunny gap[s] occur is blue & yellow with [mimulus] & penstemon & everywhere with tall wavy grasses This Yosimite Valley is a great favorite with the deer. The wavy flank of Mt. Clark forms the S wall of the valley, while [much] beveled & [remote] granite headlands & waves form the N & E walls A large tributary canyon enters the main trunk here [on the] [N] coming in from Cath Pk. [Cathedral Peak] & is the principal [carver] of this valley The river enters the valley on the SE [coming] by a very unique cascade ( ) in height (Trees) 2 Junipers near mouth of highest S flank of main Merced 1m[mile] ab [above] Merced Lake, First very picturesque gnarly & sharp 33 ft cir [circumference] Second very fine symmetrical tree 28 4 m cir. Most noble juniper ever beheld, nearly 50 ft h also in same [Canyon] S side several very erect Young Junipers straight but more tapering than pines terminal [shoot]
Original journal dimensions: 15 x 18 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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