16 [opposite] wall cutting into each other. Same as in the distant slate (Gardens) The main wall on the N [north] side is about 1700 ft [feet] at lake (Lake 7800 at sea) is timbered at this height with P [pinus] contorta, Flexilis Monticola country slopes gradually back to (high divide 10,500 to 12000 ft) a few miles NE [northeast] from walls On this divide the only side stream wh [which] enters the valley in it takes its rise a multitude of small rills glide & leap down from snow patches & moraines & unite in a fine broad plushy meadow gay with all the precious plants [of the] high mtns [mountains] At height of 10,000 here it is about 4 ft wide & a foot deep when its currents is 2 or 3 miles [back] It descends in easy leaps & [tumbles] among stones of avalanches & [moraines] singing gaily & adorned with purp [purple] spruce & honeysuckle & Bryanthus & larkspur & tall Senicios just at the top of the Valley wall at all of about 9400 ft it enters a magnif [magnificent] meadow slightly sloping with abundance of fallen P. Con [pinus contorta]
17 This garden is so remarkable for its gen [general] luxuriance, [ab] abundance of [ ] with ample purp [purple] flrs [flowers] tall Senecio , (5 ft) Larkspurs Spireas, golden rods, Bryanthus, over [ ] places Kalmia, Cushions of rich mosses Tall lilies, veratrum etc. through this the happy stream meanders half hidden nowise uneasy about its approaching leap of 1000 ft. On the W [west] side of this grand meadow garden is a very small garden patch adorning an ice cold spring that issues from a moraine foot this consists mainly of the great pink mimulus flrs [flowers] 1 ½ inch in diameter & stems 3 ft high so close that one might gather 1000 [ab] an armful with these are a few blazing [sunflowers] & massive veratrums & bell lilies & daisies This stream has small forks running to W ward [westward] main runs NE [north east] From the E [east] divide of this little basin a grand view of the summits Lyell, Matter[horn] & Lyell [Creek] in general, to obelisk [ ] may be obtained.
Original journal dimensions: 15 x 18 cm.
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