Lone tree defies odds

On the Trail

 For some of us, as autumn settles in, our spirits slide downhill. For me the gloom button is activated by trees changing color then shedding their incandescent leaf load to create stark spidery profiles against the sky. That and the need for a sweater and socks once again.
There’s one particular native tree I encounter this time of year that presents a most heartening, reassuring aspect, autumn or not. It is a bigberry manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca) that grows alongside a narrow, cloist...

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