73 darkest storm cloud could change the expression of the whole landscape to any gesture of [doubt] or fear or violence repose here as everywhere in natures dominions some [if] the nearer hills with their fair rounded outlines & delicate trimmings & adornments of vines & groves & dell thickets were exceedingly beautiful with all their features brought out against pale gray clouds wh chanced to pass behind them the pines of these hills or mountainets are never crowded they are groved in
74 lovely forms & dotted with manzanita clump & browned with dead plants & the color of soil these are about from 500 to 1500 ft ab [above] sea & have P Sabinea, ponderosa lambert & muricata the first is of the finest I have yet seen. Airy & graceful & tall. So are sugar & yellow & all [occur] from 500 to 1000 ft lower than in Merced region of Stockton. Muricata is a very slender bud & slender limbed tree light colored lies profusely coned. Cones are young trees 4 ft h [high] & persistent about forever.
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 13 cm.
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