John Muir


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fellows. Occasionally I came to a little sheet of open sand planted with pines (P. Australia or Cubensis). But even these spots were mostly wet, though lighted with free sunshine and adorned with purple Liatris and orange-colored Osmundas (O. Cin.) but the grandest discovery of this strange wild day was the Palmetto. I was meeting so many strange flowers that I was much excited, constantly stopping to press specimens, but I could not force my way far through the swampy forest, although so tempting and full of promise. Regardless of water snakes or flies I endeavored repeatedly to force a way through the tough vine tangles, but seldom succeeded in getting farther than a few hundred yards. And it was while feeling a little sad to think that I was only [Drawing -“Cabbage Palmetto - my first specimen near Fernandina.”]

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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