John Muir


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fragment of one thing a full harmonious unit in itself - the one grand psalmist of the world. One of the most common plants of my pasture was the Agave, used for fencing and occurs wild everywhere. One day in looking back from the top of Morro hill as I was returning to the Island Belle, I chanced to observe to poplar-like trees about twenty-five feet in height. They rose from a dense field of cactus and vine-knotted sunflowers. I was anxious to see anything so home-like as a poplar, and so hastened towards the two strange objects in hopes of being able to penetrate the jungle that protected them. I reached them in some way, and was surprised to find that my poplars were flowered Agaves, the first I had seen.

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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