John Muir


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circa 1887


Sierra Journal, Summer of 1869 Volume 3.

July 28 No cloud[s] mountains today, only [about .01] a few filmy wisps scarce perceptible & the want of thunder to strike the hours [no thunder or rain of course the absence of which] seems strange as if Nature’s clock had stopped. No thunder. Have been studying the magnifica [amabilis] fir measured one near our camp that is 240 feet high. Thus the tallest! I have yet found. It is the most symmetrical of all the conifers but though gigantic in size it seldom lives more than 4 or 5 hundred years –(see page 4) [the principal tree hereabouts. The grandis being almost wholly left below at this altitude – 8000 feet above sea level. Many of] The younger specimens [of the amabilis [magnifica] at this elevation here] are marvels of symmetry perfectly straight & erect, their branches in regular level whorls of five mostly, & each branch

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