33 The cones of Fremont pine cones all the upper branches on the end green in color showing clearly on the gray foliage & gray bark These trees have a close grained yellowish wood used only for fire no [log] more than  or 10 ft long or 1 or 1 ½ ft dia readily obtainable. They [give] a gray mottled appearance to the [hot] [sun] [beaten] - bases of the lower Sierra slopes all along the eastern flank from [Owens] Lake to Tahoe So low on the range it is easily accessible the trees themselves are so low the nuts are easily reached. The whole tree is spread out into branches to make room for largest number of [cones] & each cone is a mass of sweet nuts — Altogether as if
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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