John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887



& as a universal solvent appropriating something of each to itself.

Illilouette Fall, base of 1500 above the main valley at Hutchings Hotel. Slope of Canon 20° [degrees]

The fall is not situated exactly at head of the Canon but near it on the East side. Canon was occupied by a glacier that was perhaps the last to vanish of all the residual gls [glaciers] of Yosemite The head of the Canon is wide & womblike showing that the glacier lingered long, & the wall at head [it] overhangs showing that the glacier undermined it

The fall January 9th all in shadow excepting a little of the tops. Sun strikes bottom of the Canon 200 or 300 yards from fall for a short time

The fall at this winter stage of water is somewhat columnar or fluted, about four parallel columns.

[sketch: Illilouette Fall in winter About 600 ft high]

The valley cloud-blocked across from the lower side of Cathedral Rocks to El Capitan

Light yellow above on loose fringe with here & there reddish tinge lower. The bottom


[sketch: View of South Dome from the Canon of Illilouette near the head]

is pale gray & orange dense & rocky looking

Jan 9th.

Tissiack is bathed in yellow light with a veil of clouds stretched across a little below the vertical portion with gaps in the clouds showing sunny patches & gauzy flecks revealing the yellow light beneath.

Down the valley direct light is streaming through the lower cloud. The wind is blowing the tops of the clouds aslant making them appear like huge overleaning rocks – crags red & yellow

How eloquently every pebble in the margins of the river is told by a shimmer of silver light

Tissiack, now that the sun is set over the valley wall, glows on all its the upper portion like

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