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December 4, 2010 / Steve

Day 337 – Manzanita

I find all sorts of things of visual interest when walking my dog. The canyon across the street from us is protected habitat and I imagine that the presence of the Manzanita tree has something to do with it. It’s a protected species in California and it’s illegal to cut or burn it.

Aside from the rich red color of the bark (which is enhanced a little), I think it’s interesting how the lichen-laden bark seems almost independent from the rest of its wood. These trees really stand out in the woods. You couldn’t mistake them for anything else.

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  1. Natalie / Dec 9 2010 6:25 AM

    If you hadn’t told me this was real, I would have thought you messed with all the colors in photo shop. Must be quite a site to see in person.

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