A shadow moves in a landscape silvered by moonlight. A prickly-pear patch, a yucca clump, a stump, a log and rocks of many sizes: they all cast shadows, too. But theirs do not creep from place to place.
The shadow vanishes into a juniper just 172 years into its 1,000-year life expectancy. Soon, a small branch begins to flutter ever so faintly. Then it stops as abruptly as it started.