John Muir


Louie [Muir]


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2the spruce as far as I have seen all the rest of the ground is embossed with plushy grass & ferns (4 kinds) & heathwarts (Cassiope, Vaccimums, Empetrum, Kalmia, rhododendron, Loisleuria etc), primula, geranium rose Tofieldia dwarf willows, dwarf birch, Alder, daisy, fritillaria cypripedium a magnificent purple orchis blue bell, sedums, saxifrages, potentilla, [gemm?], buttercups, rubus, ribes, anemome, etc etc etc scare a square inch of surface up to a height of 1500 or 2000 feet above the sea is bare It is all one rich furred carpet or bossy plushy mantle embroidered with purple & golden flowers. The rhododendron is purple, only a few inches high, large flowers It is just coming into bloom & the extensive beds must make glorious shows when it is in prime a week or two later. The spruce ends about the middle of the island & thence Westward 1500 miles there are no forest trees of any sort. but endless wealth of grass ferns & flowers. Tomorrow or next day we will return to pick up the parties we left on the peninsula & island & thence we mean to go to Unalaska stopping at several islands by the way, Thence to the seal islands, Thence to Indian Point on the Siberian Coast & St Mathews Island in Behring Sea thence home perhaps.02598


Kodiak [Alaska]

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Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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