John Muir


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Departure Bay Aug 17/96. Bright Day. Sounds Douglas squirrel, crows, stella jays, hum of bees, gentle sighing of the wind. Douglas spruce main bulk of the forest. Fine majestic specimen of abes grandes, which are more densely branched and leaved than concolor. Bark closely furrowed but not deeply. Grayish. Many old trees dead at the top. Branches not regularly whorled even on young trees. The leading shoots seldom straight. Broad leafed maple five or six feet in diameter, 100 feet high, mingling branches with Douglas and grandis. Fine effect. Tall alder. Thuya abundant with very heavy dense branches and leaves. Yellow green foliage, some dark. Fruit very abundant. Rose, gaulthera, rubus, etc. ferns, pteris and aspidium, polypodium, luxuriant, vase like clumps of asplenium lonchites seven feet in diameter spreading. Frongs five feet long. Leaves narrowing only on the margins of bays or meadows or streams. Calm hush in the depth. Strawberry, dogwood twenty feet high, willow, cherry forty feet, now ripe. Alder is cut for powder. Gooseberry, wild apple, crategus, small rose lineae borealis abundant. Dogwood, reddish gray bark, 18 inches in diameter, 50 feet high. No limbs for fifteen feet large red showy fruit.

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