69 of the Sacramento plains these plains of Bear Creek & Sacramento & [Pitt] are well [bogged] & [swamped] & timbered. ? & of great geological Significance. Lassens Butte far west of main divide. Marysvilles Buttes in [Ind] [plans] what are they geologically the Sacramento plains were brown & warm in rich sunlight the north was full of fine black vigorous fertile storm clouds wh [which] evidently meant the approach of snow or rain in large quantities. The view N [North] Westward was mountain & valley in dark shadow, over-
70 clouded yet visible for many a mile mtn [mountain] over mtn fading blue & chill in endless [perspective]. The marshalling of the clouds in this direction was truly sublime grand [ ] masses would gather slowly & repose in huge banks & precipices while whiter & nearer clouds scudded hither & thither over & in front of these. Now rising high above them then swooping as if on a mission requiring absolute haste as if guided not by nature but by man Yet no amount of violent onset of the
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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