John Muir


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43 The shores of B.C. [British Columbia] W.T. [Washington Territory] & Alaska is the green the leafy portion of the Pacific lands. Those of Cal [California] the [flowery] the petals portion. A mile of Cal Shore has a 1000 flrs [flowers] for every one found to the north where sunshine is rare or tempered in filtering through [wet] clouds. It is too the thick [creamy ] [sun] gold shed down so [lavishly] day after day month after month that Cal owes her crowded beds of purple & yellow bloom & it is to the lavish abundance of dew & rains falling & [filling] from damp clouds month all thru [through] the summer & to the snow desending all thru the winter that these

44 green [ ] are then surpassing exuberance of fresh green [leaves] Dark green forests came down to the [sea] [feather] every hill & mtn [mountain] all the way up the slopes however steep however stony to the summits or to the snow line. The streams are perennial. The woods evergreen [ ] in moss moss about their roots underbrush of hazel [spirea] dogwood & wild roses about their trunks & their [spiny] tips rising above the one another in marvelous [profusion] dipping into the moist sky & clouds & [ ] [ ]

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