The photographer: Mary Beth Montgomery of Gold River
Behind the lens: There really are nine goats in this argan tree in southwestern Morocco. The argan tree produces a fruit that attracts the goats up onto its branches. The fruit has a thick peel and pulp surrounding an almond-shaped nut. The goats love the fruit and are happily willing to climb out on the shaky branches to feast. Argan nuts pass through the digestive system of a tree goat whole. Once they are excreted, people gather them from the goat’s droppings. Argan oil is extracted from the nuts by several women’s co-operatives in the area and is sold as a luxury item.
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