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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 168 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 168
-cont. from p. 151 _ boy I knew by heart the pattern of the Araquipa Hills! knew the location of almost every tree. (I find that I have duplicated this note in regard to Twin Sisters. cf. p. 164. This shows the deep impression made on my mind by the incident.)  The Dry Falls _This fall of 1939 has been a dry fall. There was a slight rainfall in Berkeley some weeks ago but aside from that one day the days have gone by and lengthened into months _ mostly clear sunny days, or hazy days, or smoke-filled days _ but quiet, warm and filled with sunshine. The last week or two seems particularly of Indian summer type _ still hours, motionless trees as in a picture, warm colors creeping slowly into the landscape. And it has been so in Vaca Valley this fall where this season so far only two showers totaling 1/5 inch. October, hot, one might say, in mid-day, November warm or hot in midday. In such long dry fall the wheat was sown on the summer fallow and harrowed in _ the teams of heated horses coming in from the (cont. p. 173) ::::::::: Horses A great deal of the interest and life of the ranch centered around the horses. Of course the riding horses were like good companions, but every horse on the ranch took a part in one_s thoughts. I can well remember the wagon teams coming in, home from a journey; the work teams on the harrows from the summer followed lands tied to the fences at the end of the September or October days, before being watered at the windmill trough _ little pools of water spotting the dust from their sweating bodies as they waited patiently; and groups of horses on a Sunday, browsing contentedly in the pastures or standing lazily in the sun. These animals were literally the hose power _ and save the wind _ the only traction power on the ranch.
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