70 Its banks or rather those of the calm deep lagoon like outlet are the most beaut [beautiful] ever seen, — are willowed & flowered superbly, old logs, etc. leaning oaks noble pines . one would say that a stream bank with willow bushes over leaning, & with golden rods & lilies (pardilinum) [sic: pardalinum] & green grass for covering is about as [common] a stream
71 bank as may be. Yet these are arranged to a beauty I never before saw equalled. [where] Can [Canyon] val [valley] wall W [west] side when descended on S [south] side El Cap [Capitan] 2000 ft deep val [valley] is deeper. This about avg [average] of immediate walls. When night came the gray starry sky when it [met] the moon lit wall of El Cap [Capitan] seemed to blend with it the granite luminous an ethereal as sky. A noble company
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
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