28 water 4 inches deep. Grasshoppers butterflies ladybirds ants small flies beetles variously digested & disjointed legs heads wings in [ruinous] mass No set of insect destroying [conditions] of color form taste & mechanism could be [invented]. Oct 29th New tree Thuja gigantea? by brookside near [Sotherns]. Also the yew & flowering dogwood. Doug spruce the chief tree Woods rapidly becoming denser & more [thrifty] The maples make color in glorious style. So do flowering dogwoods & the black oak wh here becomes small
29 Oct 30th Elevation 2100 to 3000. Woods become truly alpine. P grandis at 2500 All trees taller & slimmer & less snow pressed than farth. south The dwarf Tahoe ceanothus [cairns] in here & the blue willowy species gives way to integerrimus [Fine] reposeful sunny morning, delicate whispering [awing] winds in pines Shasta in blue shadows first one then breaks into 3 [am] to each [crist] The first well formed moraine at 2400 road finds it & follows it to Sisson
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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