Here & there a small patch of sand upon which were written the footprints of ducks & blue cranes & the water ouzels, ever present in long [ ] [ ] where water [blooms] in whiteness. A little bluish, black-headed wagtail & abundant [signs] of [grizzly]. Immense deposits of [sand ] [where] cascade & next [lower] [stream] leaps valley both very graceful falls. 9 streams 1st day 5 new plants  new bird  new dragon fly & crusty winged lancer. Trees mostly small oaks of valley nutmeg new element in bank [hearty] groves of beautiful [ ] hundreds along four ms [miles] below Yosem [Yosemite]. One [tissue] of pictures & of [ ] cascades, Rocks domo-[peakular] cleavage about as Yosem [Yosemite] rock in [ ] in a few places. River now at [ ] work of life but with all the beauty & poetry of unmarred nature. Wished to camp in [mid] [of]
stream on smooth flat rock [but] [he] said would have nightmare. Lake ½ m [mile] long duck cranes islandic rocks [Turning] [behind] beheld red [ ] [ ] of the [ ] [weathered] into long [strait] [ ] [ ] with the [ ] [ ] [&] [the] [white] oak & found among other [ ] [ ] [ ] of a gold [seeker] beautiful yellow & purple [ ] [ ] [ ] Slate very [meta].[sketch] contorted granite passed gradually into slate. Calycanthus, trees with shadow [ ] Hot winds. New [mont] very rough while passing [ ] [last] bar of granite [cephalanthus]. (Pelican Purple dead) Sedge for bank on slate. [sketch of woman] [Och] down the river! No road & my soul it’ll take two days & I don’t [no] & nobody else [dose] [shure] [ye] [can’t] [go] 2nd night Ab of [Bullerflies] 3rd day ouzel hummingbird on red flowers on rock for breakfast. New [adiantum] every hill & [mountain] [ ]
circa July 1874
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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