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Post's Ranch Big Sur River
- Variety in Redwood: trees standing side by side branches of one kind hanging down side from very top with dark foliage, branches of other kind spreading and with light folliage about 6 trees side by side in an isolated clump.
- I carried out a Knob-cone pole with 36 cones on it in addition to my collecting frame and a bag of cones of Pinus Coulter, P. attunuata and P. ponderosa. The latter occurs in considerable patches all along the ridge everywhere under favorable conditions and sufficient altitude. One can see it across country on the main ridge in places. There is also Madrona, Black Oak, Live Oak; some little Tan Oak fills sheltered sides of the mountain pretty well. My load from Chapparal Ridge to Post's Barn was heavy but the views from the ridge were splendid. The balds are often straw-white with grass. These areas are so soft and even that they look like soft furs of animals. They are sharply defined against the wooded areas,
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the Redwood sentinels rising above the oak and laurel and fringing the white area, rising too out of the bottom of the ca_on. These scenes with the sea beyond were ever pleasing. Two hours after dark I got into the barn where Rowan and Greenleaf had preceded me and laid down my load with great cheer. The next moring we came down the trail to Post's. Before long we were hooked up and heading back into the bottom of the Big Sur. The Sycamores less commonly stand erect that at an angle, the young trees, however most often standing erect. Big trunks may bend over parallel with ground, or rest on ground and take root. In the latter case we had an instance of the main trunk being separated from the ground by fire or other causes 1.2 ft. of trunk had no connection. Then we went up grade and down into the Little Sur, the turns of the road giving us fine views of Pico Blanco.
The Redwood when young has ascending branches after the fashion of a pine, in middle the become horizontal, they they curve
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