Tree name: Luna
Originally written by M.M. Ponce. Performed by artist: Benjamin Brown © 2019
Local Temperature: Average summer temp 102°F
Soil Moisture: 0.012m3/m3
Tree Height: 10 meters, Tree Branch Number: 17
Moth Number: Average of less than one moth per tree
Amount of Seeds per Pod: 215
Elevation: 1049 meters
Scavenger Hunt Directions: From cap rock parking lot head toward the Joshua tree entrance 0.2 miles little parking area on the left. From sign “apostle of the cacti” head west 68 steps.
Tree #3: Luna (30 years old)
Singing and dancing along to Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” since 1994.
Here’s the breakdown: I’m a nerdy, nature-loving tree who is captivated by Octavia Butler sci-fi novels and unpacking the complexities of gender. I’m a passionate “tree-cher” (tree teacher) that brings racial and environmental justice into my work with lil saplings. I’m constantly learning from them while we explore together! And I just think us plants are the coolest! I find journaling to be an incredibly therapeutic ritual and believe deeply in the power of sharing home cooked meals with family and friends. I feel most energized during a desert sunrise, but I often dream of what an ocean breeze would feel like.
Featured writer Serena Padilla
2 letters to tree “Three”
Hi Luna, I like your branches so much because they look like sticks of branch. And your leaves look cool. It looks like you could use them like knives.
I love you,
Dario (Age 4)
Thank you for writing to me! I really hope that you can come out and visit sometime and meet the birds and coyotes that live near me. The loggerhead shrike (a bird) likes to use my leaves (like knives!) to spear lizards on them and then eat the lizards for dinner! Yuk! I only “eat” soil, water, and sunlight.
Love you back,