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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 108 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 108
The sky _ starry, clean-driven and sparkling. The great heavens always seemed brighter and more wonderful in these mornings than the evening sky. Sometimes I would be attracted by luminous bands in the sky _ distinct zones of light, as if occasional in character. In after years I learned that they were due or said to be due to the phosphorescence caused by the breaking up of comets into fine dust.  Valley Smoke _Pleasant the breath of the valley wheat, Pleasant the valley oak, The valley marsh is bitter-sweet, But not the valley smoke._ Derrick N. Lehmer.  _For who loves me must have a touch of earth;  The low sun makes the color._ Tennyson, Idylls of the King, p. 304.  ::::::::: Berryessa Valley One day we went on an excursion to Berryessa Valley. Up through Vaca Valley we traveled, through Pheasants Valley and thence across Putah Creek by the ford, and then through Putah Pass by the Devil_s Gate. At last we came into Berryessa Valley, its wide expanse of floor very level and glorified with extensive groves of the noble Valley Oak. These trees in their variety of architecture and grandeur of stature never ceased to win allegiance from my admiring eyes. We were bound to the ranch of Abraham Clark, a principality on the west side of the valley where he and his family lived in a large well-built mansion with many out buildings, the whole partaking of a somewhat feudal character in its remoteness. -cont. p. 115-
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