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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 56 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 56
The Country School One of the most entrancing books in the school was the geography with its pictures of strange lands and outlandish naked people. Description and travel filled those pages, and stirred in one the sense of adventure and excitement intensified by the colored_ maps which portrayed the boundless earth, the continents, ones own country. Then the state of California and finally right in the back pages most wonderful of all, the group of counties where one lived. Far right there on the map of Solano County was the very creek that gave us our summer swimming holes with its name plain to read, Alamo Creek. And through the windings of the Alamo one ranged afar _ to the wide steppes of Siberia and the sunny vales of Spain.  _It was the only book in the school that had the glamour of color on its pages.  ::::::::: The Shrubs in the Mountains.  -Chameez. _Cloud shadows_ cf. F.B. 33:32. Tawny or red-brown effects = dried panicles. Cf. F.B. 39:27.  -_Going up into the blue brush._ On all the main ridge of the Vaca Mountains the chaparral holds the slope. This brush is of many species _ shrubs of many different sizes, shapes, habits, aspect. But at a distance they flow into each other and produce the characteristic blue of the high ridges. Such ridges would not be blue were they naked, without any woody cover. Thus it is that our people say: _we are going up into the blue brush today,_ without thinking of any one species of shrub, but of the brush formation as a whole. Cf. F.B. 11:136.  A Day in Vaca Valley. Cf. Men and Manners, vol. 14, p.
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