John Muir


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February 27. Arose at 5:00am and enjoyed fine sunrise, a strip of rosy red sky along horizon on which a tall Takitea [Kahikatea, white pine, Dacrycarpus dacrydioides] forest was outlined. The broad river in front of it, dark sky above; later gold yellow. Take steamer at 6:00am for long sail down river and across the Kaipara Harbour to Helensville then rail to [Auckland]. February 28. Fine day spent on drying plants and studying them. Walked in the park; fine view of harbor, hundreds of inhabitants enjoying rest, scenery and social benefits of the park or garden, but it is a poor affair for so rich a town. Not a label to tell the name and home of a single plant. Noticed a row of Piuri [Puriri, Vitex lucens] in flower and fruit. Life size statue in bronze of Queen Victoria in centre of the gardens is very fine, erected by her devoted subjects of the colony.

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