46 at all shiny like the orthodox species of the hearth that sings so much & is so much sung. They climb grass tufts & cherry bushes awkwardly seemingly in search of insects. One could fill a water bucket with them in a few minutes They are gross eaters chiefly carnivorous. Excrements a favorite dish. No characteristic gl [glacier] trends in Augusta Canon or mtn [mountain] Edwards Creek a handsome cool stream drawing its sources from the E [east] slopes of the [Desatoya] Roses willows aspens. Smith Creek the finest in Nevada so far. Antones Ranch. Big Creek still finer in the [Toyabe] 6 ft wide loud sounding
47 fills its truly magnify [magnificent] canon val [valley] with rushing rippling murmur It has like Kingston Creek & others been stocked with trout. The val [valley] of Big Creek is the most beautiful & fertile of all yet entered in Nevada the slopes braid into one another in the gen [general] view in charming order all smooth & green like those of Oakland hills yet truly grand in magnitude. The E [east] wall 5000 ft high green to top with nutritious grasses. Alders willows birch brier along stream. Penstemon [Grant] larkspur [zygadenus] Geranium etc. with handsome iris & grasses. on the heights the Rocky Mtn [Mountain] Columbine large blue penstemon potentilla – one fern. [scara]. 2 pines. Fremont & “white pine” probably flexilis, young [limbs]
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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