18 Reaches greatest beauty & size on rich morainic soils at elevation of about 9,000 ft on N slopes Would it reach yet grander & lovelier development in warmer climates or lower altitudes if protected from the stronger?[races] of pines & firs. The P contorta [comprising] the will spruce & always vies with it in sheltered snowy slopes where flexibility is required in slender gracefulness next to flexilis & will sp [willow spruce] p contorta is most compliant to the heavy demands of [snow] their branches pulled on on one side like will sp, Why is axis not bent by the many lessons of youth, Why not flexilis The avalanches all go together 19 [sketch: Branches of p contorta moulded on stone by snow]
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist