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Also found new sp of Spermophile silvery white Tamias Subipena of common. At Markleville, bought supplies - one store and saloon hotel. Followed good mtn. road up East Carson - fine stream bold barren, bluffs. Many old mills now running. Fine Gilia (red) 2 ft high (aggregate?) Crossed river and turned up Silver creek to head of pass to Big Trees and Mokelumne. Camped in aspec grove, made me grand fires and transfigurated all within reach of the camp rays. Made 2 photos by this light, delightful evening. Light thunder shower P.M. Aug 19. Lovely morning. Found ouzel this A.M. ideal stream for. Took walk up ridge to 8500 ft. Many fine junipers, very massive in foliage and perfect unwounded largest 6 to 7 ft dia handsome when young regular cone to ground like Sequoias or Libo. Grand monticola leafy to ground. Trees 200 yrs old thus leafy slender bunches tufty. Top branches apparently dead from red and yel and brown of open cone clusters - which are very abundant. Start over Silver Pass to Mokelumne about 10am. Spruce white, leaves fragrant in flowers mostly, gone to seed, very handsome Zanschenia, Godelia, Monardella, Yel. Ereogonum Sprengnes, smallest Eriogonum. View fine down river E Ward but very complicated lines from irregular clvg and mixture of volcanic rocks old river deposits etc. This country slowly recovering from sheep- was swept as naked there was little to tempt sheep owners to continue to fight for more perfect destruction. In my walk this morning saw a few handsome mtn hemlock at 8600. On summit magnify. Mtn ps. Largest 6 ft dia, finely balanced in protected hollows. Beautiful mtn hemlock ab. Among the finest ever saw some 100 ft high 4 dia still perfect in form. With all intermediate to graceful dry barren hill sides. Contorta also very large and fine some 3 to 4 ft dia, 100 high exact in taper and branching as if young growing with slender ones. Birds Lewis woodpecker. Aadubon warbler humming bird with crop full of gnats etc. Passexiella longtailed hawks, chipmonks, 4 spottedab. Weasel yel bellied. Yesterday saw fisher emerge from stream and run into willows.

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