Feb. 21. Hot as usual. Out again with Mr. Alsop (H. H. Alsop) photographing baobabs. His address 93 Queen’s Road, Liverpool, England, until August, 1912. The young baobabs are straight and orderly in their general form like conifers, with their branches at regular intervals in whorls around the axis, though they become so wildly grotesque in age. Fine gray bark with minute furrows an eight of an inch or so apart and less in depth. Branches whorled about as regularly as those of the silver firs. See illustration made Feb. 21st. Feb. 22. Getting ready to sail on the General for home. Feb. 23. Got aboard the fine steamer at noon. Sailed this evening at six o’clock. Feb. 24. Cloudy and warm. Cooler toward noon. Head wind. Heavy swell. Good many passengers seasick. No land in sight. Feb. 25. Wind abating slightly. Few whitecaps but the swell quite heavy. The sky dingy around the horizon. Nearly clear overhead. No wing, fin, or flipper visible. Expect to reach
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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