(Sketch entitled “Up from Kasbek station”) Anemones blue and yellow, blue bells large and swarf, clover yellow and red, phlox, silene, gentian, pink polygonum (Rhododendron Caucasicum) birch, poplar, Erigerons, Alchemilla, charming umbellifera, white flower. Heath, many mints, one with large pink flowers, very strong. One of the most interesting thyme? The yellow clover seems steeped in honey. A slope smooth, just steep enough to make walkers cautious. 1 mile long, ½ or 3/4 wide one garden of brilliant flowers, the richest of Alpine gardens, most perfect ever saw. Not a leaf or petal out of place - one of Nature’s masterpieces.
Glorious view of Elbruz, 18,300 feet to Vladikavkas and Mineral Station about 30 or 40 miles from latter at elevation of 1000 feet.
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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