John Muir


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April 13. Temperature at 6:15 A.M. 83. Gorgeous sunrise, colored like birds of Paradise, though showery and rather threatening, most of sky black or leaden. Still wondrous calm. The Timor mountains in sight at noon. At 3:00 P.M. the forests plainly in sight and soon after separate trees. Towards night a mountain like a wheat rick came in sight, perhaps 4000 or 5000 feet high. Forest rather dense covering all. Expect to reach Delhi early tomorrow morning. Hope to get a good view of vegetation within a mile or two of shore. Temperature at bedtime 10:00 P.M. 84. April 14. Temperature 6:30 A.M. 83. Calm lovely poetic weather, easy to fall under spell of this dreamy beauty. Slowed down and arrived at Delhi soon after sunrise - a very old Portuguese town, 250 years, located on low bottom land bordering the harbor 2 miles wide. A few good houses, old Spanish style, stucco with cool courts and verandahs, all the large houses Government buildings. Those of native light, airy, palm structures. Fine groves of Cocoa. Walked into foothills, found large number of interesting plants. Mango, a climbing palm with magnificent leaves, a large number of fig trees, the bread fruit, banian and a noble solitary species of fig with buttressed base, 15 feet in diameter. Eucalyptus, etc. Accanus.

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