The natural history of Dee Side and Braemar

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: proceed the grander the scenery becomes; the hills on both sides assume bolder outlines and more picturesque forms. Now we cross the brook, beyond which is placed conspicuously, on the edge of the water, a fine cubical mass of granite, black all over with Gyrophvrce, Corniculariee, and Usnece, and measuring from seven to 250 CAIRN TAGGART. eight feet every way. Other blocks of granite, many still larger, cover the base of the declivity and cumber the ravine, in which there is a considerable quantity of stunted wood. The view down the glen is singular, the land at the end of the loch being so low as to present a linear stripe, beyond which the flat bottom of the valley is no longer seen. From this extended line the hills seem to rise, and the view ends with Morven, about fifteen miles distant. Looking toward the head of the lake we have a very different scene, eminently picturesque, and making a near approach to the sublime. After contemplating it awhile we hasten onward, for the sun is fast nearing the ridge of the high mountain to the south-west of Lochnagar, of which latter no part is at present visible, unless we reckon as such those rocky declivities to the right. The route by the lake is encumbered with blocks and stones, furrowed with numerous torrent-beds, and altogether a worthy continuation of the tract already traversed. The detritus is all of granite, and in the ruts are found fragments of quartz, sometimes crystalline. Having at length reached the extremity of the lake, and seated ourselves on the bank of the stream that enters it, we abandon ourselves to the quiet contemplation of the scene which presents itself. At the distance of about three miles, the finely proportioned mountain of Cairn Taggart, rather dim in the gathering haze of even...

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