16 For the formations of the best pot holes hard granite of equal texture & a constant water supply whirled in a deep current with grinding boulders in suitable quantities & size
Had [swim] in shadow L [lake] with ducks crept up to ducks that floated with heads under wings. When creeping had visit from mtn [mountain] quails one hen with beautiful feathers coming down on [thighs], [dainty] - [ ] – within [3 or 4 ft] Sq also, spangles lilies fly angels, beetles violets & lupines & purple grass. Warm yellow
17 light of Aspens orange lvs [leaves] fluttering above
Approach to Shadow L [Lake] Snow Mtn [Mountain]
Merced Lake colors Soda Springs
Shadow L [Lake] lay on [boulder] ouzel came close & wagtail to my hand so did jay but he almost tumbled head over heels in his fright he is distrustful a kind of sneak & scamp a dammed rascal of birds
Sunrise & sunset reflections [trickle] of wavelets [hush] winds [ ] frogs
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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