John Muir


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39 The trunk is very rigid thus contrasting strkingly with the flexible branchlets In their forms they all tell the stories of [many] a storm both of wind & snow & sometimes of wind driven sand They flinch but slightly from the heaviest [gusts] like the burly [junipers], the lvs hiss & whistle, but in snow storms the needles are spiked with snow & effectually hushed, only the [bare] [limbs] & branches are then available for wind music, wh resembles that of spars & rigging A brave but not defiant tree

40 strikingly adapted [to the] home of its appointment Its range is coextensive with the Sierra [At the southern extremity of the range it attains fairer proportions, is more erect & bears larger cones.] The male cones are sessile & budlike, fine rose purple in color, in clusters on the end of tassels down among the lvs November 4th, 74 Here on Shasta flank elevation 9200 ft I have fine opportunity of observing the gestures & behavior of p. [pinus] [flexilis] albicaulis in storm It seems neither to shrink from nor rejoice in the snow. but rather to take it

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