15 Is conscious of the pine tree multitudes in the free woods Though open to everybody-who publishes the sheet music of winds, or the written music of [water] written in river lines. Who reports the works & ways of the (ever changing deeds of) clouds. Those wondrous creations coming into being every day like freshly upheaved mountains & what record is kept of Natures colors the clothes she wears. of her birds -her beasts her livestock.
Hawks [live] on beautiful food. bats on finely painted moths and beetles, squirrels on nuts with [fairy] wings. the deer on blooming shrubs & dusty flrs [flowers] but the hawk on beautiful birds the very darlings of Nature. Today saw hawk watching blue jay in chap [chaparral] where he was driven for shelter
16 The foliage of p. [pinus] contorta much yellower in mass than others. no trees needles [shine] more silvery than this, long brushes all silver on one side as sun strikes- fi[ne] effect. No other conifer comes together in groups of 3 or 4 to make so perfect forms of one nor does any other fork into two & threes so [airily] elegantly all sep [separate] heads forming one slender wandy spire
Libocedrus Libo [Libcedrus] approaches [wet] meadow most closely can grow in wetter & dry soil. is the most angular & uncircular in bole, foliage most transparent, warm yel [yellow] like Sequoia.- is no match for pine when in opposition for soil & light When these conditions as well as temp [temperature] are suitable for its [opponent] rival, has knotiest trunk most sharply & deeply furrowed & ridged
Infinitely less noble in [gestures] & presence less to say to humanity is probably older inhabitant of planet
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 15 cm.
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