John Muir


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a few Nyssa red, liqid amber, yel maple, 2 hollys, magnolia glauca and grandiflora. Catesby oak, blue bark. Seedling 2 yrs old, 6 inch stem naked, whole height 2 - 5 width 30 inch needles curved down to ground tent - like, 1818 needles from last yrs’s shoot. [sketch] Woods near Archer trees about 100 ft h, a few I measured 110, 2 ft dia, most about 18 inches, trunks branchless 2/3d of height or more, branchlets and trunks naked up to 3 to 4 inches of end in old trees terminated by radiant tuft of needles about 6 or 8 inches long; young much longer, a foot or more. Can usually see thro’ the trees, a few dense forming shady bossy mound, tho’ largest I saw 3 ft dia branches down to ground nearly. It stood alone. Forest floor open, sunny, covered with rather tall grass, a good many goldenrods, 2 sp Cyca, a nice rosacious plant, a few asters, etc. In some places dwarf palmettos take place of grass; no fire can kill them. The long leaf not so hemispherical as Cuban wh at top branches thus: [sketch] The former has branches lower. In many places the Cuban makes a forest of palm - like

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Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15 cm.

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