[These/Thus] beautiful parks are formed the trees tracing the drier ridge tops & gravelly spots windswept that soon are bared in the spring & the great slopes & levels between are covered with [showy] flrs. [Arthrocarpus] anemone [Erigeron ] (large) valerian. these are the largest & make up the bulk of vegetation. Their leaves are large & make a solid bed of green over wh te flrs [ ] [ ]. These flr beds occur at from 5000 to 6000 in all their glory. Abies lasiocarpa, Hooker 1840 “ bifoli Murray “ sub-alpina, [Englemann]
[Drawing: group of albies subalpina paradise val from sky camp Aug 16 1888] They occur where the snow [lies] late too late for trees bare dead looking spots are seen here & there where the snow lies too late for any vegetation. In some spots the snow was still unmelted at 6000 ft Aug 15. In general ground covered Aug 1st is offered too late for the use of higher vegetation & appear as [blighted] dead places
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 17.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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