John Muir


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of well-rounded and [piled] cumuli frequently opened here and there towards sunset offering suggestive views. Walked around the Jocko Hill, 5 miles or 6. The forest in great part deodar, oak (like agrifolia), chestnut, large bossy round-headed shiny-leaved trees making pure forests some places on way up. And magnificent rhododendron, 30 feet high, round headed 18 inches thick, a fine tree. Many deo[dar] trees near farms stripped of limbs for fuel. The largest deodar 3 feet diameter, 125 feet high. Young often slender, now in full flower male 1 to 2 inches in length. Yellow standing upright covering broad limits, 100 to square feet, making all the trees at first yellow, then brown as the flowers wither. Most of flowers seem to have ripened pollen a week or two ago, though the dust is still flying, the fertile flowers very much smaller, vary about 5/8 inches in length, somewhat like small male flower. Not as in abies, compound usually to top branches but sparsely distributed over high and low. Many of cones now opening and falling apart like abies leaving dead axis. The cones are also shaped like those of ab(?), blunt and short a compared with diameter 2 inches x 3, like compressed corn color - don’t know how long take to ripen cones. Leaves on growing terminal stand wide apart but on side shoot present or clustered almost like those of larch. Seen against white sky the trees on ridge look at distance like Redwood. At evening the mountains cleared some places. October 18th. Clearer than before this morning. Saw stretch of 200 miles or more. Had pleasant chat with Mr. Freemantle. Took stage, Tonga mail at 1:30 P.M. Arrive at Kalpa 8:00 P.M. Took train and arrived at Delhi, October 19th, at 3:00 A.M. 3 good-natured men drinking whiskey and eating, fine appetite. Note on bottom page 55. Cotton seen 100 miles south of Delhi. Fine hills 1000 to 2000 feet high.

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