Quest

Come to the edge, he said.
They said:
We are afraid
Come to the edge, he said.
They came:
He pushed them, and they flew.

think of the   … “Joshua Tree” 

The Joshua tree resides in the high desert environment and only in the United States. In the US, it is confined mostly in or near the Mojave Desert. It is often the pride of the high desert, an important ecological factor to the surrounding environment.

This twisted and spiky tree is slow growing – only about an inch a year. They are known for their creamy white flowers, but they do not bloom every year. Joshua trees also do not branch until they have bloomed. it is actually a giant member of the lily family, in fact it is also a part of the family of plants that includes grasses and orchids, it is such a tree like plant though.

The tree has shallow roots and top-heavy branches. And since the trunk is made of small fibers, it is difficult to tell its age, unlike other trees, it does not have annual growth rings. Although it is not a strong tree, if it survives the rigors of the desert, it can survive up to a hundred years.

Although it provides no shade through the high desert, it gives the environment great expression. One cannot help but be moved by it in some way. The Joshua tree is an important part of the desert ecological system and the desert landscape should be studied as well by anyone for whom the Joshua tree is a messenger.

The Joshua tree reminds us that if we persevere we will not only survive, but we will grow in unique ways. Our beauty, though slow in manifesting, will express itself more with each passing year.