Axytropis, charming primula, stollarco, mats of pink ball, shrubby chamnestis, sitcha criguna, arnica, tussilago, anemone, viola, dwarf willow, pink anemone, [very] fine claytonia, etc. Great banks of snow indicating violent winds on dusty snow; some banks seem perpetual, have terminal moraines and a sort of [glacial] motion; some reach sea level. The country seems brown and barren with green sticks here and there, no hint of wondrous floweryness. The shore bluffs rugged and deeply worn, made of all sorts of lava. [Sketch: Cape near landing July 15.] Some of it bedded horizontally. Myriads of puffins and murres. A fine pure white Pt. Barrow gull shot, a snowy owl, 2 young blue foxes and 1 old, the mother, pitiful things laid on the wet deck. Many nests robbed of young and eggs and parents killed. Many left to starve. Plovers and sandpipers. [July] 16. Making straight course to Unalaska dull weather Burroughs sick. Sighted one of the Prebiloffs as we passed 25 [miles] to [West] of us. [July] 17. Arrived Unalaska at 4:30 this morning. A charming calm, balmy day in landlocked [mountain] locked bay. The sweetest fertile sunlight on the green slopes unruffled by either rocks or bushes, grassy to top around harbor. Volcanoes to Northward, Makushin seen early, later clouded. Corwin about to leave for [North].
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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