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The trail ends at a small waterfall. On an April afternoon, the water is absorbed into the earth below. Any amount of water is remarkable in the Mojave Desert.

A tree lives at the waterfall's base. It is not a majestic tree with a thick trunk, but a scraggly tree with thin, sharp branches that look like a spider's legs, the kind of branches that seem like they could grind their way through the smallest crevice in the rock and end up on the other side of a mountain. The tree's purple flowers hint at danger. Bees swarm.

Story by:

Sarah Vernetti

30 April 2014