John Muir


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Circa Date

circa 1887



Tenaya Fall

For about 30 yards above the brink the stream flows down a solid generally flat pavement of extremely compact granite at an angle of 18° [degrees]. In high water it is about 75 feet wide & wildly varied by three parallel troughs extending in the direction of the flow of the stream. These troughs were formed by the action of the water upon partially developed cleavage joints, [they] are variable ­in width [&], slightly sinuous & have large smooth boulders firmly wedged in them here & there in narrow places & these producing all kinds of wild dashes & leaps & arching bounds in the swift [rushing] torrent

The vertical portion of the fall is [not more than] about 80 ft [feet] high

Alder, laurel, fir, spruce, & oak about them mingling freely with each other & getting well bathed by the drifting spray.

Ferns – Woodwardia & the delicate Adiantum reach fine development at foot of the falls & the various rock ferns on the drier rocks

The left half of the fall is turned abruptly like the Zambesi [Zambezi] Falls of Africa


Lake Nevada storm night snow

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