John Muir


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66 [live] [oak] Chaparral or Spirea & a pine that has found foothold in some crevice. The stream flows tranquilly as if quite unconscious of its great leap down from all the trees & flowers it knows to a new climate a new world but it is no novice in singing or falling most of its waters as it have already descended from a height of more than 2500 ft If you like you may look over the brink by creeping down over a [smooth] brow without shoes. Ascending the stream we find about a mile back from fall that the edge of stream is laid off in a succession of level sandy flats on wh [which] grow shruby tufts of yellow flrd [flowered] [Eriog] [Eriogonum] & [myriads] of purple gilia & mimulus These flats some of them an acre or so in size were formed by the action of floods on moraine matter for we see by cross sections made by the Creek that they are made of [ ] [water] rolled long at bot [bottom] sand

67 spread at top The wet margins are planted with white & blue daisies & white & yellow [violets] white & purple Spireas Tall lupines & [panicled] Cup [Cupressus] & thicket of azalea Sedges too in [graceful] tufts over dipping to the stream Whenever these flats are well watered & have rich soil they are occupied by dense groves of two [leaved] pine, in [these] we grope our way as in a cane brake. No other pine grows so slim & wayward like there is a specimen near 100 ft long wh [which] [you] can almost span at the base with your two hands. They could not stand alone They lean upon one another when wind [swayed] like a field of wheat [yet this] A lake bed filled up with plenty of [fat] [alluvium] on top of gravel & well [watered] from beneath, this is [ ] soil

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