14 V [very] little volcanic rock seen from this road at Placerville & summit very heavy deposits of ancient drift seen around Placerville. July 3d 1878 [Pica Amalidis] Abies magnifica showing its first fringes of Yel Lvs [yellow leaves] some of the bud caps still on. Fine forests of Doug Spruce profusely fruited along the cool shady glens of the South Fork. Tall [arrowy] loose. Sugar pine sparse & poorly developed. Cones about 15 in [inches] long. Libo & Yel Pine [yellow pine] well developed the former taller than farther S [south] Few Monticola. Juniper. No Albicaulis nor Will Spruce The summit of pass covered with P [Amalusius] & Pinus Contorta
15 flat meadowy moraine strewn on W. Steep boulder [bushy] on S. 7000 to 7500 ft high— Picea [grandis] concolor tolerably well developed [but to] as to individuals & numbers First found at about 3000 ft reaches to summit in stragglers P. [amalitus] [magnifica] seems everywhere repressed & diseased much lichened leaves very short—soil granite. Noticed one specimen of Yew brevifolia. No Torreya. July 1st Found the nest of small [ ] nest pendulous fastened by the rim all round—not deep on Quercus. Libocedrus. About 10 ft h with pale yellowish sprays here & there sometimes only a single leaf
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