John Muir


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The Sequoia line is well marked all along the flank of the range No tree is less liable to get lost No one of the [Conifer] seeds so profusely In a single day could count every seed in the most fruitful Sug [sugar] pine Not so S [Sequoia] smallish seed Enough in this [grove] sufficient to plant the globe dying but so also all forest trees. They live their appointed lives like [Mastadons] of veg [vegtable] Kingdom Like other Mastadons will be known only as fossils as said to be [body] in [ ]

Winged all round fly [gloriously] like a boys kite when full Human Species also its [hounds] Human crop count be raised about [the] [sea]

(Timber) [nev [never] like the [red] wind of [ ] Very [durable] bright to be planted not quite so rapid as p [pine] or fir Yet fine saplings arrowy only [30] yrs O [old] One = Boasted disinterestedness busy and doing for [other] coming generations posterity Might plant a tree, other generations camp here Campers on the globe Pilgrims & strangers you all know the see saw songs- then why not do instinctively or [otherwise] lend natives a hand Branches break go to pieces like the chalky bones of an old man

[Then] what [good] [times] [ ] for the Botanist in this forest Kings & what wealth besides in the rich & rare flora that blooms beneath them. Then too the [silver pines] may have [many] [ ] facts [ ] with the age of [soils] the appreciation of Nature in [ ] changes that are going on Seq [Sequoia] pillars are monuments of change. The quantity of denudation or [deposition] in the [ ] since they were [reared]. Yesterday a formed tree 15 ft in dia [diameter] & probably 2000 yrs old growing upon a crushed [ ] heap of glacier [ ] that had descended the mountain side in a grand avalanche landslip When some massive [ ] shaped rock, had stayed its progress [above] a few yrs ago the upholding rocks decayed & [in] [ ] [ ] [when] [ ] [ ] was greatest they gave way [carving] a second landslip of the same material wh [which] [come] having [drew] in avalanche order bearing its load of grand trees in magnificent disorders new [soil] field was thus made & nature at once began to [plant] it I counted no less than [from] a single acre The [new] soil is like the old only [finer] but the drainage has been changed & if [suitable] moisture then we find other trees [ ] the Yel p [yellow pine] & fir sproutlings & saplings all shooting [ ]

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