This is a common scene in the Mediterranean climate of California: dry grass, some shrubs and pines, and an oak.
We pulled off onto the shoulder of a road and lying on its side was this skeleton of a manzanita amid the dry grass. Its cause of death remains unknown. Perhaps it died from its lack of light with the oak overshadowing it and slowly robbing it of its ability to feed itself.
The word ‘manzanita’ means ‘little apple’ in Spanish; and, indeed the manzanita’s fruit resembles an apple, if you squint…from a distance…in the twilight.