32 From Sothrens the river is finely adorned & shaded with maple willow alder Yew Doug spruce yel [yellow] [pine] ash & grape vines Yet not so shaded as to prevent abundance of sunshine from silvering the rapids Of all colorists, the maple is the most talented White summer cumuli rise & poise in the deep sky maple yel masses poise in the same free manner Even without sunshine the color is wonderfully vivid. When sunned is yet more striking Robins near Sissons eating wild cherries wh after
33 being frost nipped are quite edible The robins do well on them & fly vigorously as if well toned Chipmunk in the snow seemed to like it, at least frisked gracefully over it. Gray sqs quite abundant from the McCloud to Sissons Ground squirrel near the railroad (20 yds) sat up straight & apparently unnervous & watched the train go thundering bye Washington lily Quercus densiflora, a small chaparral at Sissons yet yields large acorns
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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