John Muir



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""When California was wild, it was one sweet bee-garden through its entire length .... "" Muir laments that ""of late years plow and sheep have made sad havoc in these glorious pastures, destroying tens of thousands of the flowery acres like fire .... "" After describing his experience in the Great Central Plain throughout the seasons as it was a decade and more ago, Muir aptly predicts: ""The time will undoubtedly come when the entire area of this noble valley will be tilled like a garden, when the fertilizing waters of the mountains, now flowing to the sea, will be distributed to every acre, giving rise to prosperous towns, wealth, arts, etc. Then I suppose there will be few left, even among botanists, to deplore the vanished primeval flora.""


The Century Magazine, v. 24, (n.s., v. 2), June, 1882


pp. 222-229

Bee-Pastures of California: In Two Parts:-I.



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