145 & [frost] & though contrasted with the plushy meadows & fairy dells yet it is flushed gilded by [the] sun & [silvered] by [moon]. Black Butte N of Sissons about 4 miles Elevation ab [above] sea 6500 [Elevation] [ab] [sea] 4000 One heap of lava very much broken & denuded shows 5 partial [summits] A great portion of surface covered with loose boulders at steep angle as they will lie at [Same] solid near top & on North side, steepest on N side Lava speedily falls in pieces by [action] of atmosphere, in [some]
146 instances, shows stratification, but mostly with great irregularity. Easily have angles worn off some almost as if water-worn Pale ash colored & brown lava blending together same in structure & composition. All the lava of this Butte on S side contains black glassy crystals Timbered with Doug Spruce & pine, Penstemons Spiraea Linosyris One fern Pellaea Macro? View of Shasta & Lassens Val [Valley] of Sacramento Shasta Valley Sheep Rock etc [etcetera] The chaparral of N side
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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