The meadows on its borders are broad and extensive, covered with willow and cotton-wood trees, so closely interlocked and matted
together as to be nearly impassable.
The grayness of the whole immense surface, the wind furrows upon the faces of the waves, the great masses of foam, tossed about and waving, like matted
white locks, give to the sea in a gale an appearance of hoary age, lustreless, dull, without gleams, as though it had been created before light itself.
One the blue background of the high coast they seem to float on silvery patches of calm water, arid and gray, or dark green and rounded like clumps of evergreen bushes, with the larger ones, a mile or two long, showing the outlines of ridges, ribs of gray rock under the dark mantle of matted
It extended along the foot of a rocky ridge, but was little better than a wilderness of weeds, with here and there a matted
rosebush, or a peach or plum tree, grown wild and ragged, and covered with moss.