John Muir


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Murryana springs up in dense growth over nearly all the burned areas. Grows exceedingly slender, called Lodge-pole pine. Flex also v slender when growing with it. Few trees old looking except on rocky ridges and islands in bogs where have escaped fire. Some about 80 to 100 ft 12 to 20 inch dia, mostly smaller, say 5 to 8 or 10 dia. The bark gray or brown over large areas. 3 to 4 species of Eriogonum, one white in solid rings. Flax and bluebells ab. Spiranthus and habenaria the only orchids. Linnaea rare hereabouts. Arctostapholys in rather small patches; handsome yellow columbine, common anemone here and there; Solomon’s seal, fine ceanothus near Mam Springs; ledum here and there about first meads going S; very fine purple geranium near Mam Sps. The greatest pleasure I have found in this world was in discovering great minds in sympathy with my own, and this pleasure I have found mostly in Harvard men. H men present and absent, I thank you for sympathy, for sharing with me earth’s noblest enjoyments, noblest work. The thoughts and recollections connected with these men are among the sweetest and best enjoyments of my life. H men present and away, I thank you. These remembrances keep me eternally glad. “Life is no resting, but a moving. Let thy life be deed on deed. Who trusts in God fears not his rod.” Where mtns. Plains, forests all wild; where time is wild. Delightful to recall the memories of these men. So little done, all still seems left to do.

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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