I like the sense of scale the hand provides. These are such short needles, only 1-2″ long as a rule. This tree, which as far as I know I have never seen, is just barely native to the land that is now the state of California. Its range is mostly in Baja California, Mexico, and just peeks up over the border into the southernmost part of the state, not by the coast but inland.

I stopped when I got tired, which means that some of these needles cast no shadows or don’t connect up to the twig. Spooky.