John Muir


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Same in hollows, all ages and shapes. Some double-headed. Flat or up-curved or dome-shaped. All the branches naked. Small branchlets fall off. Those of young trees all aspire thus Some of the trees have the lower limbs curled, over these above them, with three tufts longer in the center, like birds in a saucer-shaped nest. No end of forms. All of them picturesque when old. The lower branches drop off when dead, though they remain for years after the leaves fall. Saw a few that had been fire killed. Those that had only dropped their leaves still made strikingly picturesque heads of the bare branches. Soon all drop off, leaving only desolate blackened pillars. Each branch of the living old tree forms at the end a dome of foliage like the domes of whole trees. Very few of the limbs divide; saw only one all day. Passed through extensive forest today about noon. Later the country was one wide prairie with Araucarias only here and there along the streams

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Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.

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