John Muir


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Pale pink waxy bells narrow throated [rubus] [lvs] black 8 ft h [high] dwarf cornel red [ ] skunk cabbage maple 2 sps [species] birch avg trees 2 to 3 ft dia [diameter] [waving] in gray sky [solemly] The growth of trees on this gl [glacial] soil with a foot or more of [humus] & [berm] decaying timber of many generations is [marvelously] rapid. The stand of a [Menzies] Spruce 3 ft dia [diameter] [showed] only 48 [rings] One 5 ft dia measured 240 in height. A Doug Spruce 10 ft dia “ arbor vitae 12 “ “ in Vancouver woods. Trip to Port Blakeley [morning] white subdued sun [splendor] soft [haze]

grayish headlands dim as if very distant, bay calm. [dumpling] swells ashy black & deep black on slopes of swells. Shores showing gray [heads] of sandstone mostly fringed with bushes or ferns. In gen [general] views [sh] scar or mark of man[s] is visible excepting the telltale [smoke] enough of tall trees left of [Thuja] & hemlock & Doug Sp [spruce] to make a seemingly dense forest. In the woods however all the best merchantable [timber] has been cut for a distance of 10 to 20 ms [miles] from shores. In the lowest bottoms [Thuja] is the main tree Douglass Sp [Spruce] on the [ ] grounds with quite a sprinkling of [Merten] Sp or hemlock Same [Menzies] Sp [Spruce] or Sitka pine also. The underbrush is made

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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