John Muir


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Mr. Rees took me to the Botanical Gardens. Saw the Manager, who kindly ordered his head gardener to show me over the garden and give me specimens of all I wished. A bright, scholarly fellow, Singalese, from Ceylon. There is a species of mourning dove hereabouts which says “Too hot for anything.” A lovely creeper going up straight on smooth-barked tree in regular zigzags. Feb. 13. Started for Kompali at daylight. Arrived about 9:00 A.M. ride in Jirinkshaa from port to village, a distance of about seven miles, through beautiful landscape. Extensive and thrifty banana orchards. The fruit red instead of yellow. Interesting swamps full of the famous papyrus growing here naturally.

Date Original

November 1911


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.

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