John Muir


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intricate range of gl[acial] sculpture I ever saw. The sun shining on fields & strips & patches of snow & ice as we approach Orca. Clds white streaked with purple bars make grand addition to the noble mtn range A 1000 pks[peaks] big & little around the horizon. Saw large broad low-descending gl[acier] near the mouth of Copper River [Sketch: Below Dalton [dirt] gl[acier] dist[ant] gl] At 8 PM arrive at Orca |o| a small island & mainland a cannery. P.O. store. ½ the salmon catch already put up. Large ship at anchor ready to take it away. The mainland slopes steep heavily timbered Men[Menzus] Sp[Spruce]. Mert [Mertensia] hemlock with Paton hemlock forming timberline at height of 2000 Some of them 20 ft high. The other hem[lock] & sp[ruce] 4 to 5 ft dia 150 ft h[igh] Broad light green down-swooping spaces richly embossed with alder willow balsam [poplar] have been cleared by snow avas [avalanches] [Sketch: Looking N entering P. Williams S.[Prince William Sound] June 24, 99]

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