John Muir


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branches beginning to sprout, those of the does remarkably slender and elegant in curve, more slender than those of the common black-tailed deer. All were in the velvet, some of them beginning to peel off and was hanging in loose shreds and rags about their heads, which gave them a singular, appearance, as if they had been fighting a rag bag. The young naked horns were slightly bloody. The so-called velvet is a close downy fur, very fine and soft, about 3/8 to ½ inch long, with a few hairs here and there rising above the plushy surface, nearly an inch in length. It invests all the horn from base to tip, but the growing points not so densely covered. It gives an extremely rich and beautiful effect, nearly black, and it seems marvelous that so magnificent a growth as those massive horns should be renewed every year. The eyes are large and in expression gentlest of the gentle, the head, contrary to

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Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

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