September 14, 1911. Warm, Light wind. Wonderful domed trees. Many of them orchid-laden. A good many Hevias in sight. Mostly rather small, which have been spared, and thus brought to light in the little clearings. At noon palms very abundant and form the greater part of the forest in the Narrows, which we entered about 8:00 A.M. Palms more and more abundant. The innumerable islands, great and small, in the broad delta of the river, are mostly covered by those noble palms, almost to the exclusion of other trees. Forty or fifty miles below the Narrows the species that form the bulk of the palm woods are very tall and massive. Magnificent specimen of the great dome-headed Ceiba noticed today forms almost a semi-circle of perhaps one hundred and fifty or two hundred feet in diameter, rising into the open sky above the palms and other trees. Foliage pale. The branches radiating in regular order from the center, like the spokes of a huge wheel. One of the domed forms had the outer dense rim of leaves upheld by radiating limbs like the spokes of a wheel but covered with leaves with but few branchlets visible.
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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