Tree Name: Shorty
Local Temperature: Average summer temp 104°F
Soil Moisture: 0.012m3/m3
Tree Height: 7 meters, Tree Branch Number: 45
Moth Number: Average of less than one moth per tree
Amount of Seeds per Pod: 215
Elevation: 1049 meters
Scavenger Hunt Directions: 3.3 miles from 29 palms entrance turn out on left. Cross the road and take 124 steps heading N/NW.
Tree #1: Shorty
Gender: Male, maybe.
They call me Shorty. Don’t let my size fool you, i’ve been here for awhile. I’m still waiting for my growth spurt, but I come from a family of short trees, so we will see. I’ve always been interested in history and listening to the ancients talk. The old creosote next to me learned from her grandpa that giant sloth-like creatures used to roam around us and eat the fruit from my families trees. I’ve got a ton of tales like that I can share once we meet.
I can hear a grasshopper piss from a quarter mile. They call that good hearing, so I’ll know your coming. Can’t sneak up on Shorty.
They say I live on the “outskirts” of this sanctuary. I’m on the front lines baby and like to think there is someone out there who is brave, bold and beautiful and will stand ground with me. If you can’t look a wild horse in the eye, you probably don’t have the gumption for me.
Featured writer Carly Harrower