October 18. Warm. Most of the sky cloudy, but no rain fell. October 19. Warm. Fine cumuli in the afternoon, when the temperature fell to about 65 deg. Have been in the woods all day. October 20. Cloudy. Cleared about 11:00 A.M. Delightful day. Out in the woods four miles from the mill. Found a tree in hundred and fifty-seven feet high, four feet four inches in diameter; bark five inches thick. October 21. North of the mill there are many fine palms and tree ferns. Found a felled Araucaria with abundance of young cones and flowers on both upper and lower branches. The Arau is monocious. Oct. 22. Out on logging road. Fine views of flat-topped woods on the ridges. Many small bogs and meadows. Oct. 23. Out beyond end of logging road four or five miles from mill, in magnificent primeval Ar. woods. Some of the hill slopes of considerable extent have been swept by fire, killing every tree, leaving only blackened charred monuments. The ground now taken by a dense growth of bushes. Measured a
Original journal dimensions: 7.5 x 13 cm.
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