12 Of chapparral that clothes the slopes & benches of the wall beyond. gradually it steals up on the fall until it is wholly overcast from base to summit. In this shadow dwell in the colder year that [succeeded] the glacial [winter] a small residual glacier one of the few that lingered on the north wall. It sent up a long winding [prolongation] through the canon at the west of the falls Traces of this [glacieret] are to be seen upon the East side of the jagged gorge down wh [which] the stream chafes & dashes to its [the] final leap over the lower fall [these] traces are first moraine matter wherever the ground was sufficiently level to retain it. Also several patches of the original striated & polished rock surface on wh [which] the glacier slid The coolness of this afternoon shadow
13 & the abundant [dewy] currents breathed over it from the fall. [have] nourish a rich profusion of Azaleas wh bloom in September long after all the less [favored] thickets of the bottom of the valley are withered Here too in this upper garden are incomparable ferns Aspidiums [Aspleniums] Pelleaes & woodwardias, [All] well cheered & glorified with Asters & goldenrods & homely bee haunted mints Even close to the fall & behind it in a kind of cave are a [few] [ventussome] artemisias & [asarums] undisturbed by the rockshaking avalanches of water. The basin unto wh the main current falls when undisturbed by winds is about ten feet deep. & 15 or 20 in dia. [diameter] irregular in shape. That it is not much deeper [seems] to be caused by the protective action of the water in the pool. & [ ]
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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