August-November 1875, Sequoia Studies from Yosemite, South End of Belt at White River Image 34
[sketch: Group of Young S [Sequoia] on inter wood meadow edging- 50 to 70 ft h]
From the Southernmost of the K R [Kings River] Sequoias there is a break of about ½ m [mile] to those of Kaweah at Hydes M [Mill] Here they attain full possession of the forest for several miles in a SE dir [direction]? covering the hill South of [mill] in magnificent order. The sky outline as seen from it I will never forget such swelling domes of verdure so effortlessly poised in the cool blue sky.
Hydes Mill booming and [moaning] like a bad Ghost has destroyed devoured many a fine tree from this wood. 2000,000 feet lumber this year - has been running 3 yrs. When felled the S [Sequoia] breaks like glass from 50 to 25 percent unfit for mill, not so Seq [Sequoia] Sempervirens. From Hydes M [Mill] across all the N [North] Forks the S belt is broken only by deep cans [canyons] & v [very] dry ridges. On all the ridges from 5 to 7000 ft h when the soil is sufficiently moist they occur growing [thriftily] with no visible thought of dying, abundance of young mid aged to follow the fathers to the the highest deeps of air & sun Near Bald mtn [mountain] Dome there is a lone S [Sequoia] about 3 ft dia [diameter] young & thrifty
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 15 cm.
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