not seen him that he might have had a lamb in peace. The flower hungers and watches for the sunshine, the sparrow for the grass seeds, and the wolf for the sheep. [Jan.] 25. W. S.E. Clouds .80 all kinds. Cool. A yellow flower of the Umb. came to the warm side of sandy hills to-day. I notice too that one or two of the mosses have adjusted their cowls. [Jan.] 26 W. S.E. strong. Clouds .95. All species, mostly of large pattern. Rain 1 hour towards evening from finely developed cumuli. Two plants are now in flower, an umbel and crucifer. The little white cress is the first, perhaps, of all, and is eagerly sought for by sheep. It occurs in patches of miles in almost unbroken extent. Size governed by soil, from 7 to 15 or 20 inches high. The old grasses do not now rule the landscape color, they appear as if separate from the ground floating on the surface of the green. Magnificent double rainbow over the foothills. [Jan.] 27. W. N.W. Clouds .07 grand islands and rocks of the finest textured cirrus in some places resting upon the ground. At one time in the morning observed a well-defined colorless bow from the sun shining through one of those foundering mist clouds. Had very heavy rain during the night, perhaps hail also. Dry Creek is booming full now, and behaves like a river. I have to pasture my muttons upon the north side of the Creek now. Found another flower to-day, making a beautiful trio in all.
Original journal dimensions: 14 x 18 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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