tough talk for trees?

I just went for a really interesting hike near Canada de Los Alamos, tons of great ponderosa pines.

It made me wonder how pine trees prove to each other that they’re tough. Like, “Look at these here needles,” then another one says, “Ha – I eat needles like that for breakfast,” and then another one mocks him and says, “You eat *needles* for breakfast?!” and the other trees all laugh.

Then my daughter found a tiny horned toad.