9:00 A.M. Still finer, taller forests of same trees, now pine, now larch, now birch predominating. Elevation about 1300 feet, some crowded growth of young pine as slender and tall as the wood crowded Contarla. The other trees also correspondingly slim. When open, all kinds more leafy, more aboundingly, triumphantly luxuriant with still nobler forms. (Sketch, detail of young larch). At size of say, 30 or 40 feet high, they are extremely graceful, beautiful happy trees. The pine also richly clad in leafy out-curing feathery limbs. Workman along track nearly all uncaring. Mosquito nets black over heads. Noticed pink flowered spiraea, small along track this morning and Crataegus and Mountain Ash in station garden. Many clear streams which swell the flood of majestic Yenesei. The drooping branchlets and scattered branches of the birch give it a loose, don’t-care undignified expression, but like the other trees is taller, larger here than elsewhere. Patches of rye and buckwheat here, some beaten flat by heavy wind and rain. Noon at Ouk, an old village with church here. Barometer 1900 feet. A little way back crossed the old exile road, well built, posts guarding sides of embankments and bridges. Lovely forests, streams fern meadows, a grand walk excursion for the strong, but not with blistered feet, or with chains on festering ankles,
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
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