John Muir


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35 Here [also]. How much farther north I cannot say, but it certainly extends southward to the extremity of the range. I reaches highest development at elevation of about ten thousand feet or a little higher in sheltered valley on coarsely grained moraines - can also live like contorta on fissured glacier tables & run to the limits of tree life on the high summits. [Combines] gracefulness of habit with strength & inflexibility in a marvelous [manner] Is certainly the most variably graceful of [all]

34 The Sierra pines — The young very slender the old very thickset & picturesque. Bark smooth in youth rough & [ ] brown & with numerous horizontal fissures in age although some specimens seem to shed rough bark. Temp [atmos] on summit of Mt. Whitney 10 AM July 20th 1875 45° [degrees] in shade 53 in sun — Wild sheep July 20th light yellowish — killed by Indians on Mt. Whitney

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October 1874


Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.

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