82 but P [Pinus] Lambertiana though a perfect preacher a John Baptist of trees waves but [little] in full stature We forget while in the presence of this tree that its cones are a foot and a half long that it is ten feet thick & two or three hundred high while we listen to their eloquence but although [juniper] claims no affinity for men we can read his history etc. [Brown] [beetling] bark for heat shorn stubly branches & [stature] tell a thousand stories
83 & his durability is a [type] of tree immortality Squirrels are birds give them wings & they would outstrip every bird on earth The strength & the [spice] of pines are in them condensed & distilled to the energy of lightening Their strength is in their tail At least it is always expressed by it Not a thought or notion of voice or [limb] goes unregistered Chipmucks [Chipmunks] are [sparingly] living on grass seeds
Original journal dimensions: 7 x 15 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist