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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 78 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 78
Range it is an important tree of the woodlands on the open slopes. -A census of the oaks in Hawkins field and along Alamo Creek. Cf. F.B. 6:60 -J.M. Brazelton tells me that since 1911 he has taken out every year, from the Dutton Canyon hill, 100 cords of firewood (stove wood) as a minimum, sometimes 400 cords. I estimate roughly he has taken out 5000 cords. I estimate that since 1860, at least 200,000 cords have been taken out of the hills _ that is Blue Oak, Black Oak, Valley Oak and Manzanita. _ Jan. 8, 1938.  The Home. Cordwood for fuel in the home was brought home from the hills in the fall and thrown out in a pile. All the stove fuel was neatly piled in the woodshed. Heavy pies and miscellaneous pieces of wood made up the wood-pile. The term wood pile corresponds to wood-lump, the Sussex term in England.  ::::::::: Buzzards in the Blue. In idle hours one watched the buzzards in the sky, wheeling without concert and yet seeming to make a broad wave-like rhythm in the sky. In idle hours? No! Only in retrospect! As a lad I had always things to do: there were gear to make for Indian fights; there was the badger hole to visit on the banks of the Alamo; there were squirrels to chase to their ground holes; endless things to occupy ceaselessly every waking moment. I stood watching the buzzards sailing in long sweeping circles in the faint blue dome, absorbed, earnest and intent. Sister Mary called: [Linin?], go help Mother. I_m busy, I replied. What are you doing? Don_t bother me, I_m busy! But what are you doing? The insistent sister. Can_t you see what I am doing? And there I stood stock still watching the complex but stately evolutions of twenty buzzards in the sky.
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