John Muir


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presenting a stiff short [round] sharp needle curved like a thorn 2 to 2 1/2 inches long, pale bluish green. The branches beautifully arranged in imbricated bosses with shell like outline curves no [other] member of the coniferera So preeminently a fruit tree seldom more than 15 ft high. The cone laden branches all within easy reach accessible to a [child] as if made purposely for human food, glad & exultant are the Pah Utes the Arabs of the sage deserts where the plentiful young [brown] cones [ ] bountiful crops & when gathered by the squaws & superannuated old men [loudly] they proclaim their joy at the [pinenut] [dances]. They sit the long winter nights [circling] [their] fires in sheltered hollows where the snow mantle is spread & the storm winds blow [passing] the dreary [time] [in] [perpetual] [feast]. Old & young [eating] [nuts]


Alt Walker Riv where [issues] from the mtns 5180 So sweet & wholesome good as the best filberts & about as large No trouble cracking the soft shells Other pines [yield] good edible nuts as the [sugar] pine & sabine [Pinus Sabiniana] but these swing their cones aloft far beyond reach & have to be chopped down or climbed. [Summits] beautifully lichened. [Ivesia], spirea, [daisies] lupinus, phlox, grass, yel [ ] [rayless]

In the Fremont Pine woods the principal brush is sage with linosyris. few gilias wild roses along ravines. A large crucifer. [ Here] & [there] a [few] small v [very] small patches of carex. Scarce a stream in the whole Carson R strong enough to sing audibly none of the impressive rush & roar & white waterfall boom of the Sierra Canon. [Yet] in the deathlike desert silence waterless gullies & gorges there is a most startling awakening thunder clouds - grand [bossy] [Cumula]

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Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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