John Muir


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circa 1887



glory of these forest meadow […with] L. parvum. with [The] small flowers. [w… colored & quite small, the…ever saw of the tree Sierra lilies…] the tallest are from seven to eight [very showy nevertheless for… tallest 7 to 8 feet & waves a…] racernes of 10 to 20 or more…[ones head] while it stands…[the] open ground [where it…in the most telling way] will…of grass & other companion…[about] it to [make a] fringe [for] it…it off to best advantage…addition to my lily acquaint[ance]…a true mountaineer [femin…it be] reaching prime [veg]…at a height of 7000 feet…It varies I find very much…even in the same meadow [according] not only [to the characters of] with the soil but with agev[& size of bulb]. I saw a specimen that had only one flower & another within a stones throw had 25. And to think that the sheep should be allowed in these lily meadows! After how many centuries of natures care to


[Removed sketch: Sugar Pine on the Kaweah]

plant & water them [& mix the soil to nicest proportions] tucking the bulbs in snugly below [every] winter forest shading the tender shoots with clouds drawn above them like curtains in summer, pouring [the] refreshing rain & sunshine, making them perfect in beauty & keeping them safe by a thousand miracles. Yet strange to say allowing the trampling [approach] of [these] devastating sheep. One might reasonably look for a wall of fire to fence [20 precious a] such gardens [as this]. [How] So extravagant is Nature with her choicest treasures, spending plant [her] beauty as she spends [her] sunshine, pouring it forth into land & sea [into] garden & desert

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