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The bark is wealthy cinnamon-brown, purplish in younger timber and in shady parts of the outdated, whereas the floor is roofed with brown leaves and burs forming color-masses of outstanding richness, let alone the plant life and underbrush that have a good time approximately them of their seasons. stroll the Sequoia woods at any time of 12 months and you'll say they're the main attractive and majestic in the world. attractive and ambitious contrasts meet you in every single place : the colours of tree and flower, rock and sky, mild and coloration, energy and frailty, patience and evanescence, tangles of supple hazel-bushes, tree-pillars approximately as inflexible as granite domes, roses and violets, the smallest in their type, blooming round the toes of the giants, and rugs of the lowly chamæbatia the place the sunbeams fall. Then in iciness the bushes themselves holiday forth in bloom, myriads of small four-sided staminate cones crowd the ends of the narrow sprays, coloring the full tree, and while ripe dusting the air and the floor with golden pollen. The fertile cones are vibrant grass-green, measuring approximately inches in size by means of one and a part in thickness, and are made from approximately 40 enterprise rhomboidal scales densely packed, with from 5 to 8 seeds on the base of every. A unmarried cone, as a result, comprises from to 3 hundred seeds, that are a few fourth of an inch lengthy via 3 sixteenths large, together with a skinny, flat margin that makes them pass glancing and wavering of their fall like a boy’s kite. The fruitfulness of Sequoia should be illustrated via specimen branches one and a part and inches in diameter on which I counted 480 cones. No different Sierra conifer produces approximately such a lot of seeds. thousands are ripened each year through a unmarried tree, and in a fruitful yr the fabricated from one of many northern groves will be adequate to plant all of the mountain-ranges of the realm. Nature takes care, although, that now not one seed in one million shall germinate in any respect, and of these that do might be no longer one in 10000 is suffered to pass though the numerous vicissitudes of hurricane, drought, hearth, and snow-crushing that beset their adolescence. The Douglas squirrel is the satisfied harvester of many of the Sequoia cones. Out of each hundred probably 90 fall to his percentage, and until bring to a halt via his ivory sickle they shake out their seeds and stay at the tree for a few years. staring at the squirrels at their harvest paintings within the Indian summer time is among the most pleasurable diversions that you can think of. The woods are calm and the ripe shades are blazing in all their glory; the cone-laden timber stand immobile within the hot, hazy air, and you'll see the crimson-crested woodcock, the prince of Sierra woodpeckers, drilling a few useless limb or fallen trunk along with his invoice, and ever and anon filling the glens along with his chuffed cackle. The humming-bird, too, dwells in those noble woods, and will normally be noticeable glancing one of the plant life or resting wing-weary on a few leafless twig; right here are also the widespread robin of the orchards, and the brown and grizzly bears so evidently outfitted for those majestic solitudes; and the Douglas squirrel, making extra hilarious, exuberant, important stir than the entire bears, birds, and buzzing wings jointly.