John Muir


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The apparent separation of the anther is only a line drawn to show that something else is to be written. The organs of plants form a circle, and considering the cotyledon as the primary, least developed organ, the leaves exactly opposite, or half way to the pistil would be the most perfect organ. In plants of distinctness of variation this point of greatest variation is always about midway betwixt root and flower. [Drawing of variation curve]. The simpler plants may be considered as a series of concentric cylinders. The leaves form one or many cylinders, of which only a small portion of the upper end is free. The whorls of the floral organs are fringed ends of other cylinders. It is only where many individual plant existences mass into groups of greater or lesser complexity upon one root that the simplicity of this arrangement of plant bodies is hidden. 23. N.W. 8. Clouds .10. Bright, balmy, vegetation deepening with inconceivable rapidity. 24. S.E. 7. Clouds .25. 25. N.W. 8. Clouds .25. 26. N.W. 8. Clouds .10. 27. N.W. 10. Clouds .05. The wavy hills are mantled in the most abundant, most divine of all gushing, living plant gold. The most glowing landscape the eye of man can ever behold. The light-colored radiate yellow Comp. is upon warm banks. The frothy white plants of ravines and dimple cups show like patches of unmelted snow, and purple gilias and lilies and heliotropes blend in sweet measures with the grand hill waves of heavenly gold. 28. N.W. 5. Clouds .05. 29. S.E. 8. Clouds .25. 30. N.W. 8. Clouds .05. 31. N.W. 6. Clouds 0. Sun gold to sun gold with not a cloud to separate April 1st. N.W. 5. Clouds .05. 2. N.W. 5. Clouds .00. 3. N.W. 5. Clouds .00. 4. N.W. 3. Clouds .00.

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