[Summer] dd R [dead River] deposits at Columbia seems in this region to have followed the limestone, limestone rugged pockety bottom admirably calculated for the preservation of gold. Much of the deposits here seem reformations of the dead river [gravels] together with other rocks
The boughs of the Young Yel [yellow] pine bend gracefully in the wind All turn on one side. Silver flakes & patches shine on librocedrus, only here & there a [plain] at such an angle as to reflect the light.
7400 Anderson Cabin
Yel [yellow] mosses & lilies growing out of them
Peculiar needly shadows of dead tuberculate forests with gray of barkless chap & twigs The bark falls off about time the roots give way
Although the old burs are torn off by the outgrowing wood layers still they are kept in some sense alive or at least fresh, because they are open only when the branch they are on is dead. Occasionally a branch is fire killed. Then the cones will open on it alone Some cones of fire killed branches also remain closed for several yrs, 2 at least
This tree is never spiny but always produces a thickety willowy soft appearance The young Yel [yellow] green-grayish when old
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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