10 a round knoll in mid [middle] of gen hollow [sketch] plenty of water from ditch all kinds of flowers among wild oats & [nut] trees. Laid out in 71. The old grave yard on S [south] side neglected The close relation of [ ] in mtns [mountains] softens all [ ] brings “a’ home” like the approach of death Yellow pine comes in [ ] then just above a [ ] [ ] soon rise to 3000 ft then fairly in the fragrant woods, close growth of underbrush— & larger pines sug [sugar], Yel [yellow] libo, Doug sp [spruce], fir Lava cap on gravel wh [which] rests on stratified lava [detritus]
11 (white) Wheat field at 3400 ft on land occupied once by Fir Black oak, Libo, fir & 2 pines. Green July 1st probably ripen mid July—southerly exposure. Libo with plums pale yellow with nat’ green. [Mullion] along Placerville road. In going home from visit to the Knoll graves-reading epitaphs noting the enduring love of the dead in fresh flowers etc passed a cottage on hill overlooking the graves heard a fine voice sounding a fine song sweetly thru the [gloaming] caught a glimpse of woman in white. Farther on from the same source heard plaintive & [assumed] Mary to
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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