[John Muir]


[Strentzel Family]


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3oddly commingled on good rising glacial ground. The Sound is fairly dotted with islands some of them more rocks tufter with Couifers, Merizies Spruce & Hemlock & Cypress. The green damp crowded leafy luxuriance of the woods on the level bottoms of the main island is is indescribably extravagant. Generation after generation of trees fall upon one another & waste to humus until moss & logs & leaves form a grass ten of twelve feet thick upon which the present forest is growing. In many places not a root of trees even 150 ft high touches the ground – [illegible] I mean. They are growing on a tangle of mossy decayed & decaying spongy logs – the constant wetness preventing fires. I noticed four trees today growing astride a prostrate trunk & that again on others now decayed. A section cut near the shore through the mass of roots & logs & humus for a fishing station made some strange developments. Dead stumps 75 ft high accumulate wet massy cushions of moss, & polypod[illegible] find their way up there & flourish on them & so do young hemlocks & spruces, making green lively gardens in the air. The direction of the flow of the ice that 00859


Sitka, [Alaska]

Date Original

1879 Jul 15


Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 1114

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Page 3


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