John Muir


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some species of which I have never seen in the North. Also greater flocks of robins and mourning doves, bluebirds and the delightful brown thrushes. Crows too are here, some of them cawing with a foreign accent. The common Bobwhite quail I observed as far south as middle Georgia. Many of the smaller birds are fine singers. Lime Key sketched on the opposite page is a fair specimen of Florida Keys in general on this part of the coast. This fragment of Cactus opuntia was sketched on the above named Key and is abundant there, the fruit, about an inch in length, is gathered and made into sauce which some are fond of. This species forms thorny impenetrable thickets, one joint which I measured was 15 inches long. [Drawing - “Lime Key, Florida.”] [On back of sheet, drawing “Spanish Bayonet.”]

Date Original

July 1867


Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.

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