September 2, 1911. For miles, over one half of the trees in sight are covered with red flowers in upright panicles. Noticed a few trees that had been killed by fire on a bluff near an old settlement in which the walls of a fort are still visible. This abandoned settlement was on the north side of the river. A round tree-covered hill was visible above the level forest about two miles back from the river bank and about two miles below the fort on the left bank of the river. Large number of trees of moderate size about seventy-five feet high, with slender trunks, gray in color, had masses of white flowers. Others, about the same and form, had rose red flowers. Possibly these may be colored leaves. Nearer views show both red flowers and green leaves almost hidden beneath the dense masses of flowers. All shades of red, dull and bright rose. One species of tree made complete circles set at right angles to line of sight, densely leafy on the outside, but showing the sky through the center. A row of flat-topped bluffs or hills made an interesting show on the left bank about eight o’clock this evening.
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
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