John Muir


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The view from the edge of the Nevada 15 or 20 yds [yards] from extreme verge of fall is one of the most exciting I have yet seen. The [quantity] of lateral dashing upon angle of bank. The surging upon [rounded] [knobs] the swirling and churning in potholes up [glancing] in shallow curved basins make altogether the wildest combinations of water more [merits] I have yet beheld. No other stream is so [ ] and so elaborately prepared for its fall as Nevada. The number of feldspar [rims] in [Lib Cap] will explain the numerous slides also the cause of corrosion


View from head of [falls] of valley cloud filled as if an urgent [ ] the downreaching of [special] clouds with winglike arms held steadily like those of a hawk [in] swooping leisurely to its nest Wild [ ] of dark and white trees faintly outlined in always seem to take it leisurely and tranquilly [receive] cloud advances unshrinkingly Irised clouds in Lit Yo Sem in the [every] brown purple and yellow orange spery pines cast upon with magical effect vast corona of burning silver cloud bank in west

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.

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