John Muir


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March 10. At 5:30 A.M. saw some fine Araucarias. 7:00 A.M. Between Marybourough and Dunderberg, ran through a patch of Banksia in bloom, small crooked trees 10 feet high, growing on sandy ground - patch sand - by conductor to be 4 or 5 miles by 10 miles. Good for bees. Emus and kangaroos occasionally seen here from cars. P.M. Chinchona (?) not uncommon. A good many Eu(calpyti) in flower. The ground thickly grass clad, trees mostly gum and taller, as Rockhampton is neared. The curious Bottletree is also common within an hour or 2 of Rockhampton, mostly small trees 20 or 30 feet high, pale yellow foliage in rounded heads. Arrive Rockhampton at 4:00 P.M.

March 11. Went to Botanic garden, 2 miles from town in rain last evening and had good time with gardener Simmons who freely offered specimens of all he possessed, and I came away laden. This morning returned and got more specimens and had all of them named. Must remember him and his son. Saw Traveler’s tree, and had drink from penknife wound in steady stream. At noon start for Marysborough, arrive 10:20 P.M. Trees thus far making open woods with heavy close grass carpet. Lotus (?) in ponds by track. Tress 50 to 100 feet high.

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