173 scenery. Massively sublime 17 ribs braided together trees in shadow & light feathery spiny exactness of spires [poised], contrasting with slopes & ribs of rock part spires in light coming up out of darkness like plants breaking through sod. Foreground a huge stormwise live oak & lichened rock [silvery] pine thrilling with light Back ground Marysville Buttes, & coast range blue & [unedged], with yell [yellow] plains between, sky best of all. Yell [yellow] bands, then icy blue
174 Ferns & mosses v [very] ab [abundant] Atrichium polytrichum cheilanthes -- [Leptodon]
* & down [frond] over [frond] with running water beneath & no end of plush moss & the shadows of rock & tree One frond 6 ft [feet] long without a single [one] imperfection [pinnae] 11 inches long greatest width 19 inches Taper perfect No words will express the nobleness & unstrained perfection of this Mtn [mountain] plume Near New York House fronds 7 - 7 inches. Timber very fine Oak spruce & pine & madrona in shady gulches of Yuba N [north] Fork
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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