18 [sketch: P [pine] Contorta 2 ft dia [diameter] 30 h (20 dia) Lake Tahoe growing on gravel [shore]] bases. Young fert [fertile] cones reddish purple. The base scales curving up regularly around them like a calyx [sketch: young cones] A portion of young shoot always leafless more or less according to length of whole shoot. [sketch] Bud scales handsomely relfexed.
19 The leaves remain longer on the branch according to shelter from winds seldom fall from healthy trees before 6th yr [year] seldom remain longer than 8 yrs on Yel P [Yellow Pine] var Jeff. The denuded mtns [mountains] about the lake region & foothills in general are being covered with a second growth. What will probably be their fate? Apt to be too dense. Danger from fire. The sterile cones of Jeff P. [Jeffrey Pine] much shorter & paler colored than those of Yo P [Yosemite Park] 20 to 30 in cluster-- the larger the cluster the fewer the needles in tassel [ ] it [sketch]
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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