It seldom does rain in our part of Baja, the Bahia de Los
Angeles, or the other east-coast central-peninsula villages.
They, both the villages and the rains, are few and far between;
and they are usually small; small in population and in
measurable amounts of rain. The land is very dry and the
settlements sparse. I have been paying a small attention to
cactus as I have more attention to focus on here, at times. I
have the availability of whatever it takes to observe and
ponder. I like to do those things and in that order.
Some of the cacti have shapes that readily enable almost elastic
expansion. I can't find the correct term as my cactus
book is too far to the south and I am north of the frontera for
just a moment.
The cacti I refer to are ones that have accordion-like
circumferences. You can look at them and imagine how they could
absorb, breathe, through what I would think of as capillary
action, a great deal of infrequent, momentarily-available rain
water in a short period and expend it to their extremities,
whatever those might be, over an extended dry period and as they
Then I read of and have forever experienced Elephant Trees. They
are balsawood-like. They make poor firewood. This probably
serves well for their survival. I know just from common sense
that, even though there are several species, they are designed
to absorb water when it is available, to dispense it with care
for the core like the cacti, the soul, of the entire tree. When
there is no water for a period where the cacti or tree cannot
support all its responsibilities, its limbs, tributaries, how
does it determine which subordinate elements to shut down? There
is a basic principle out there, something that must be known to
the plant that I don't know. How will I ever be able to
figure it out? It's such a vague question and most
won't care. But some will.
The more we understand of our world, of our universe, the more
we can put our heads and hearts into other organic and even
non-organic elements, the more we can help. Help, I ask myself?
What are we helping?
Who knows? But it gets me through the day. And what does it hurt
to think of other living beasts and what we think of as rocks
How did we get here and how do we now all work together? How can
we improve our systems?
A big question, I think.