John Muir


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Endless variety of treetops. Great smooth dense gray-green domes amid others dark green, with loose, fairy, feathery umbrellas, upheld and outspread by a network of small branches and branchlets, which were invisible at a little distance. Other treetops were perfectly flat tables of verdure, or evenly divided and outspreading, over-curling like feathery antennae. In the afternoon a wild rain and windstorm. The air was darkened with flying scud torn from the river wave-top. Locked like a blue of driving desert sand. Only once before have I seen anything like it in the tremendous speed of the wind. That was on the Columbia River. Heavy thunder lasted about fifteen minutes. It seemed as if the steamer must be blown out of the river. Beautiful sunset. In one place before the storm I saw many brush fires. September 13, 1911. This morning we are passing many beautiful bays in the forest walls around which there are a considerable number of farms and cattle ranches, where the ground lies twenty or thirty feet above the river floods. Passed Dobidos at 11:00 A.M. red-topped trees very abundant. P.M. Raggedy cumuli leaning upstream, on the sea wind. Extensive meadows, a characteristic feature of the river scenery hereabouts.

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