~~~The Sacred Tree at Sunrise~~~
Like it is straight out of a Dr. Seuss book! This bazaar beauty relies on perfect conditions to survive in the harsh desert. Pack out what you pack in and always leave any area you visit cleaner than you found it!
The American Indians used this Yucca brevifolia (a member of the agave family) for its useful properties; the tough leaves woven into sandals and baskets, the nutritional flower buds and raw or roasted seeds made for a great addition to their diet. While the local Coahuila have longed referred to the tree as “hunuvat chiy’a” or “humwichawa” ( both names used by a few elders fluent in the language), the popular name “Joshua Tree” came from the mid-19th century Mormon immigrants. The legend has it that they named it after the biblical character, Joshua, because of the limbs outstretched toward the sky as in supplication.
Many birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects depend on the Joshua Tree for food and shelter. The tree relies on the moth for germination and the moth relies on the tree for a few seeds for her young — a happy symbiosis!
Visit our national parks! Please honor them. Respect them. Help keep them ours, and out of harms way of corporate mongering. We are all in this together!!! Like it or not, the truth is just that.
Peace be with you.
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