John Muir


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rays of [various] length infinitely fine & colored like rainbows may be looked straight in face The [ ] [motion revolving] in a glow.

Large contortas stand long after being fire killed when not exposed to wind. The [rosing] main roots un-rottable slowly wasting. Small tree narrow based [easily] overturned.

Some wild cherry still in bloom (July 18).

Large dodecatheon making brave show in cold mead. Also polygonum with white heads inch long – stems a foot root lvs [leaves]in dense masses 8 inches high.

Tall potentilla [cinquefoils] in flr

Larkspur a foot high v common on dry as well as meadow ground

Along the road yesterday Zauchneria in patches on sandy ground made glorious scarlet patches.

Menzies penstemon on rocks very rich purple show &

showing Nature’s gardening in striking way.

Porcupine Crk 10 ft wide in rocky bouldery channel – fine stream – long stretches of meads & everywhere contorta some v large, 100 ft h 4 to 5 dia the largest make fine varied sky edging. Beauty brought out by campfire

[Porc, pure] Meads white violas v ab[abundant] meadrue, eunanus Yel v small purp ½ to 1 inch high in millions on dry margin among big gray rock masses. also yel with lower petal with dark streaks others with one streak – branching stems lvs or [convolute] plain or slightly toothed or [many/very] dull green 1 inch l[long] or less v ab – petals brown beneath Small larkspurs, erigerons [fleabane] blue

Contorta 390 yrs old on Porc crk

A good many Mtn Hemlock along road near Tenaya Elevation 8600 ft

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Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14.5 cm.

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