John Muir


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Asters and Solidagoes becoming scarce. Carices quite rare. Leguminous plants abundant. A species of passion flower common reaching back into Tennessee. It is called Apricot vine - has a superb flower and the most delicious of all fruits I ever ate. The pomegranate is cultivated here, it is about the size of an orange, has a thick though skin, and when opened resembles a many-chambered box full of transparent purple candies. Towards evening came to the country of one of the most striking of southern plants - the long moss. Tillandsia [it is] called, though it is a flowering plant and belongs to the same family as the pineapple. Dense impenetrable cypress swamps which are pressed and level on the top as if they had been constantly rolled while growing. The cypress is the only level-topped tree that I have seen. The branches, though spreading, are careful not to pass each other, but stop suddenly on reaching the general level as if they had grown up against a ceiling. The groves and thickets of smaller trees are full of blooming evergreen vines, and these are arranged not in separate groups or delicate or delicate wreaths, but in bossy walls and heavy mound-like heaps and [Drawing - “Grass”]

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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