John Muir


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and good sized patch of P. silvestris, or Riga Pine, are from 100 to 140 or 50 feet high and hone to three feet diameter, planted in straight rows about 20 feet apart (?). It is the tallest and most uniform patch of manufactured forest I have seen. The larch is especially fine and wild-like, making rounded head where it has room, fruits profusely, has rough bark, pale feathery branchlets and leaves. Much paler than pine or spruce, the growth of the trees during the last 50 years has been very slow. An increase in some cases of only 2 inches in the diameter. The P. excelsa is very grand spruce in wealth of boughs sumptuously clothed, top seldom at all sharp; neither are the heads of the sylvestris poor and rather rounded. Birch along the river and around meads tall and fine, so also alders. Pyrola here and there, spiraea, vaccinium and other Alpine plants or far northern.

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Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.

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