National Geographic : 1916 Apr
Photograph from Dewitt Hutchings MAGNOLIA AVENUE: RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA Riverside is known as the "orange capital," for from it are shipped more oranges than from any other distributing center in the world-5,o00 carloads of oranges each year. Here were planted, nearly fifty years ago, the two navel orange trees, imported from Brazil, from which are descended all the seedless oranges of California. and the King rivers, which contain scores of waterfalls and roaring streams, any one of which in Europe would draw many thousands of visitors annually. Many of the big yellow and red pines, of the juniper and cedar, eclipse the trees of Switzerland as completely as these pines are eclipsed by the giant redwoods. And then, as to birds and flowers, the High Sierra so excel the Alps that there is no comparison. Never will the writer forget the melodies of the birds and the luxuriance of the meadows passed in the marches from Redwood Meadow to Min eral King, and then up over Franklin Pass; the fields of blue, red, yellow, orange, white, and purple flowers, all graceful and fragrant, or the divine dig nity of the great Siberian Plateau, nearly II,ooo feet above the sea, and yet car- peted from end to end with blue lupine and tiny flowers. From the educational point of view, the High Sierra so surpass the Alps that again no comparison can be made. In one day's ascent we observed fauna and flora to see the equivalent of which on the Atlantic coast we would have to make a journey of perhaps 1,500 miles. When we started in the morning we were hear ing birds that correspond to the latitude of Charleston, S. C.; in a few hours we had traveled northward to Newfound land and Labrador, and then descended to camp amid feathered friends whose counterparts are found around the writer's farm near Washington, D. C. A day later we ascended Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the United States, and had a glimpse of birds of the Arctic Zone.