July 5/01 Sugar p [pine] flrs [flowers] not yet open at 7000 ft? Sunset Rock On steep slope near O mead [meadow] among cean., manzan, wild cherry, & chinquapin chaparral a close growth 25 or 30 to sq rod of young seqs [sequorias] 3 to 6 ft h seem to be doing well [Sketch: SE of O mead looking down on domes in [mid] of basin [while] on the rim ridges [rise] [the] grand giants all around] [Sketch: New head covering lightning killed top] The older & more injured & stormbeaten the the browns both bark & foliage. The younger more thrifty the paler the brown of bark, almost lavender colored. Tufts of foliage on old smashed trees bright levels green very handsome relieved on [from] bark & each with its patch of shadow. In gen looking over the forest the foliage of Seq [sequoia] is browner & yellower then that of any of the other conifers only in youth dark bluish green. The mound of cones bark flakes & [ ] & twigs at foot of trees
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 15 cm.
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