John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887


107 see preceding page.

Yosemite Syringa leaving its wealth of white fragrant bloom upon the rugged granite boulders about the Bridal Veil

Pothole Garden

10 Artemisia

15 Ivesia

29 Erigerons (blue) narrow leaved

2 Yarrow

4 grass tufts, of 2 species, & a few sedges

6 Mimulus

1 Polygonum

2 fern fronds (Pellaea)

The boggy part of the basin filled with mosses.

84 fascicles of yellow pine needles had 25 needles forming one tassel.

One branch 6 years old P. [Pinus] contorta had 356 pairs of needles

[Picea grandis] Abies concolor at Shadow Lake 61 inches diameter 4ft [feet] above the ground

[P (Picea) grandis] A [Abies] concolor 22 ft [feet] 10 inches circumference at head of lake, the noblest specimen in the basin growing on rich aluvium [alluvium].

Cone of yellow pine at Shadow Lake 7 inches long 3½ in dia [diameter] at base. growing in dark purple clusters of 2 or 3 on two year old wood.

Vol [volume] No [number] 11


3d [third] Yo [Yosemite] Lit [Little] Vol. [Volume] No [number] 12 pg [page] 122

Or 4th of other number

Heavy tributary from Cathedral peak with considerable pressure from Mt [Mount] Clark tributary together with thrust of main Lyell glacier have made basins for a lake & meadow & grove here among the hardest of deep sunken domes

Nowhere will you find waving luxuriance of forests & broad leaved grasses planted more abruptly against glossy unflawed porphery [porphyry].

The lower the domes the harder they are both from having been less exposed to the weather & from their depth below the slates.

[sketch: Sec. (Section) of channel of Merced]

Above this Yosemite the river pours between domes so resisting that it has not cut more than four feet into the granite in making itself a channel as may be seen by the fact that from the bottom of the stream to the clean striated glacier polished rocks on its banks the height is only 4 feet, & the highest water mark only 7 feet. Some spots where the rock is more resisting the whole amount of erosion by the river is less than one foot.

The river enters the valley by a broad cascade spreading like a fan making a grand display

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