John Muir


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cloudy, nearly complete cover. The blue of small patch of sky in rift reflected on sea forming a lovely field of deep indigo blue near horizon, appearing very bright and beautiful amid the general leaden color of the water. December 20th Sunday. Temperature 5:30 A.M. 62. Clear, bright most all day. Temperature 7:00 P.M. 62. Albatrosses following ship seemingly night and day. December 21st 6:30 A.M. Temperature 63. Passing small islands on both sides. Have now crossed the mouth of the Great Bight. Dull foggy rainy morning. Expect to be in Adelaide harbor between 12 and 1 o’clock. Arrived shortly after 1:00, but on account of bad management did not get off for the City until 3:00 P.M. Distance to wharf 3 miles, wind very high, no harbor, got jolly tossing, fearing capsize; had 40 minute ride on train, reached city about 4:20 P.M. Curious scirpus with flat broad stems and leaves like those or iris, 3 or 4 feet high in large clumps and fields, holding the sand dunes, very striking, making big show. In Botanic garden, magnificent old aboriginal Eucalyptus. Trees 6 to 8 feet diameter, 75 feet high, and about the same in width. Magnificent dome-headed Auricarias - Cunninghamia, Grevillia, etc. Caledendron, beautiful flowery tree, Cedar of Lebanon, Deodar and Taxodium, etc. No open places, all planned for shade. Fine town 130,000 population, on level or undulating coast plain, bounded at

Date Original

November 1903


Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.

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