One of the loveliest picture series of those pictures of round-headed trees ever saw. Charming day. Strange medley of all nationalities - Greek, Turk, Circassians, Tartars, etc. Found a young man today who speaks fair English. Was educated in Mission School at Constantinople. Speaks affectionately of his teachers. His uncle, an old man, is with him, who has lived most all his life in the Caucasus, a great hunter, tells of bouquetin deer, grouse, etc. Chamois nearly extirpated. Tells also of fine timber. Oak 20 feet in circumference, etc. After 6 P.M. We have been making a bee line for Batoum which we expect to reach about midnight. Never shall I forget the Caucasus shore of the Black Sea. July 17. Rose at 4:30 o’clock. Found ourselves at wharf. Mountains cloudy, foothills brushy. Drove out a few miles after leaving satchels at station. Fine views of sea and foothills and busy wharves. Big petroleum business. Drove little way up into hills amid cabins and pastures. Fine vegetation. Rhodo ponticum common, rank
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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