John Muir


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ascending making a cone of pale green foliage [sketch] neatly thatched with tips. The old throw out limbs of different lengths at different angles, some horizontal, some stiffly downwards or upwards. When growing with dark green picea or gray green sylvestris pine, the difference in color is very contrasting and serves t make manifest a greater number of trees in a forest displayed on mountain slope. All day we have been in what may be called mountains, the laboring engine creeping from valley to valley, ridge to ridge in deep loops and curves, and all the way beautiful or sublime as scenery all the way through forests carpeted with profusion of flowers and grasses. Bluebells, larkspur, daisies, etc., geraniums all wild until the railroad came. Trees pass in review as we look from car windows. Station before Taichete W. of 1200 feet. August 8th Calm, cloudy. Temperature 62. Elevation 1400 feet, near Taichete at 6:00 A.M. Cosiderable areas here and 30 miles west covered with dense sapling forest, the same species as yesterday. On dry ground the woods are open and the largest trees very large, as if survivors of a great fire of centuries ago. The largest Pinus sylvestris have yet seen are here, truly noble trees of impressive mien, 5 or 6 feet diameter, 100 feet high. So also larch - measured one this morning, 5 feet diameter, some fully 100 feet high.

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