As soon as any mishap befalls the main axis as being burned off at top or broken down with snow or stormwinds every branch beneath no matter how situated at once seems to become excited & anxious that the onward growth be continued & branches wh [which] before grew contentedly outward now turn upward – rush to the front to take the fallen leaders place.
The Sequoia belt extends from Old Mill Flat N N E ward [north northeastward] almost unbrokenly a dist [distance] of ten or 12 miles, to near the S.S.F. of K R [Kings River] In some places 2 miles wide, forms the bulk of the woods. Forms beautiful meadow edgeings in many places. Here are no evidence of decadence, for every old & dying tree one or more in prime, & for every one in prime many young trees, saplings & seedlings. Here as elsewhere they seem to follow streams, small cool oozing brooks in wh [which] they dip their roots but they mostly make those streams
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 15 cm.
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