23 drooping showing wonderful vitality, on same hillside are 30 or 40 Junipers that have been over swept by snow avalanche or rock avalanche crushing trunks yet have they put out vigorous growth upon their [ruins] making precious tangles for Juniper birds In highest Lake basin on main Merced 1 Mile above Merced lake at mouth Lyell fork on S side is an arched pine P Contorta, 4 inches dia at base. 55 ft long regularly arched with snow yet maintaining form (Aug 10th, 1873), height of arch in middle 14 ft [sketch of arched pine) Cascades of Fork of Merced next S of Lyell fork [reckoning] from where they unite with [cascades] very channelless, with picturesque [gardens] & groves, often divided into broad [par] strips one free fall near top 50 ft., Forked cascade in this forked canon whole alt from [junction] to 50-ft. cascade near top 400 ft (from [junction] to main Lyell fork 150) [sketch of canon and cascades] Truant gypsy waters with no visible means of direction or support ([along] in patches upon the solid ground 24 are small gardens of cassiope & Bryanthus & Spirea & of pines & Spruces (P monticola & contorta & pond[erosa] [The whole altitude] On the fork next SW from 1st Fork S of Lyell F is a very picturesque [little] fall about 30 ft h with [grove] in front just at junction with the Cascades of 1st fork [sketch: 3d Can[canyon] reckoning Lyell 1st] AB is line of [canon] AC of [cleavage] wh is here well developed yet AB crosses Yet only by the [better] [development] of small portion of cleavage.
Original journal dimensions: 15 x 18 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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