John Muir


John Muir


[Theodore P.] Lukens


thanking me for about 200 more Photographs of my taking

Martinez Nov. 12, 1897

My dear Lukens.

I thank you for the magnificent set of photographs which arrived the other day. The Canon set brings back the glorious days I spent there last year The one with the white cloud is particularly telling. The Flagstaff one has a fine view of the wonderful San Francisco Mtns & the limestone ledges with the Cavedwellers huts are fine & interesting pictures.
Eaton Canon is a fine picture & recalls my visit 20 yrs ago. Then the rocks were lined with moss & ferns, Now I see they are bare.
The Buck Horn Canon picture is one of the most charming flowery ferny forest scenes I ever saw. it must be engraved some day The specimen you have marked "Monticola"


is sugar pine. I saw thousands of them along the ridge between Bear Valley & Squirrel Inn. The cones are so much smaller & in such rich clusters as compared with those of the Sierra it looks somewhat like Monticola. You do not mention the pinus Coulteri. I lots of it near the upper limit of the tuberculata above San Bernardino. The cones of the Coulter are the heaviest & grandest in appearance of all the cones in the world.
I dont know when our winter meeting is to be. But I'll not fail to call attention to the oversight of the Secretary to which you refer. Also to club excursions & arrangments for hotel accomodation
Im pegging away at an article on the Yellowstone. Then will come the other parks. The pictures of your home Christmas time are very telling. Thanking you again & hoping to see you here ere long with love to Lottie & kind regards to all

I am Yours

John Muir


Martinez, [Calif.]

Date Original

1897 Nov 12


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 1132

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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