John Muir


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glaciated granitic (?) rocks. Moutonees 4 or 500 feet high with sheer faces all in one direction. (Sketch) At night sea phosphorescent, beautiful silver fire in foam waves and a multitude of more permanent star-like masses close to ship’s side, in the churned gray water like stars in Milky Way. December 30th. Temperature 7:00 A.M. 68°. Cloudy, slight rain. Land in sight most of morning, forested. Expect to arrive Sydney at 5 or 6:00 this evening. Arrived at 5:00 P.M., docked and got our luggage through Customs House and up to the Australia Hotel. December 31st Mild, rather warm. 75° at 7:00 A.M. Walked in Botanic Gardens, ground beautifully modulated glacially with fine views of arms of the harbor bay. Saw cypresses, Macrocarpus, Pinus insignis, Magnolia grandiflora, Libocedrus, etc. Araucaria excelsa, Cookii, Bidwelli. The Cookii from New Caledonia is like excelsa but much richer in foliage, the leaves far more numerous all round, branchlets smaller and less angular. A magnificent tree seemingly not a whit less beautiful or interesting than excelsa. A wonderful race of trees. Bark peeling off in horizontal stiff curls or rolls like that of cherry; color on fresh surfaces, deep rich purple. January 1st, 1904 A good deal of noise last evening. Ships gaily decorated with lines of flags. At 11:00 started for gardens. Spent 2 hours. Many were eating lunch picnic style. Saw many interesting trees - Turkey oak, Q. Cerris, large handsome drooping branchlets,

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November 1903


Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.

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