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