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February 19, 1861: Simi Hills

February 19, 2011

Orcutt Ranch

Orange grove at Orcutt Ranch (vicinity of Camp 14); by Danielle D., on Flickr


swarms of shooting stars

Dodecatheon clevelandii; by randomtruth, on Flickr

Camp 14

[Today], we sent the wagon again to Los Angeles to take in Ashburner, get letters, etc. Ashburner has given out, and the Professor called him from the field to work in the laboratory. He cannot stand camp life. He got the scurvy a year and a half ago while on geological excursions in Newfoundland, and it broke out again in camp, and we feared it would use him up. I advised Professor Whitney to send him to the city some weeks ago. I think there is no danger now, as he was much better before he left, but he has not at all been able to stem the hard work of the field.

This increases my labors some, as he has made all the mathematical calculations; some of them I must make now. I have practiced Guirado in making observations with the barometer, and shall teach Averill soon to compute them; this will lessen the work for me again.

Camissonia 03

Camissonia micrantha; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Specimens collected: Guillenia lasiophylla; Descurainia pinnata subsp. menziesii; Lotus micranthus; Solanum xanti; Ribes malvaceum; Ceanothus oliganthus var. oliganthus; Dodecatheon clevelandii; Camissonia micrantha; Carex senta.

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