Survivors


EPalo Verde Tree in Arizonaach Palo Verde is a miracle. It would be wonderful to know the complete life story of even one on the ridge, to know what coincidences, accidents, and bits of good fortune kept the bruchids, wood rats, and jack rabbits away. How long did the tree take to grow to its present dimensions? What droughts and winds has it experienced? . . . and how many of its offspring are alive today, anchored in the unpromising soil of the ridge, facing the uncompromising sun with the confidence of survivors? –Jack Alcock in Sonoran Desert Spring, University of Arizona Press, 1994
Photo by Eugene Tochilin

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