Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

The manzanita tree is very common in Southern California. It’s one of those trees / shrubs that does well in a dry climate and can resist drought. Manzanita is Spanish for “little apple” and the tree grows large berries the size of, you guessed it, little apples. This is what the tree looks like as a whole. And yes, if you’re wondering, the sky really was that blue the day I took this photo in the mountains. I could just stare at this blue sky the whole day.

Manzanita tree in Southern California

Manzanita tree in Southern California

What I find interesting in this manzanita tree is its bark. It tends to peel to reveal new bark underneath, and as it does, the old bark curls up, which makes for a peculiar look. This is what a branch with peeling bark looks like overall.

Manzanita red tree bark peeling off

Manzanita red tree bark peeling off

Here’s a close-up of this manzanita tree bark. I love how the sunlight makes it look even more reddish orange than it really is.

Macro Monday: Close-up of the manzanita tree bark

Macro Monday: Close-up of the manzanita tree bark

And if the tree bark underneath is still very new, it looks quite green, a nice contrast with the red peeling bark. You can click on this image for a larger view.

Macro Monday: manzanita tree bark peeling off

Macro Monday: manzanita tree bark peeling off

I hope you enjoyed my selections for this Macro Monday.

About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

20 responses »

  1. adinparadise says:

    Interesting close-up, Milka.

  2. I love this post! I love the different aspects of the tree.

  3. Herding Cats says:

    Wow, that really is amazing. Beautiful pictures.

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I love the close-up shots. I never think to get so close to things to find out what they really look like. The other day, I saw a woman getting really close to a flower to photograph it, and I thought of you. 🙂

    Love that blue sky, too! Wow.

    • mpejovic says:

      Haha, that’s me taking pictures, wondering what people passing by think! That blue sky WAS amazing and we got to enjoy it for a few days. I think the air at 5000 feet up is a lot cleaner and allows the sky to be that blue. Even with my crappy cell phone camera, I got some nice blue sky photos.

  5. Gunilla says:

    Beautiful colours and textures.

  6. What beautiful colors! The peeling tree bark reminds me of a Madrone tree that grows here close to the salt water.

    • mpejovic says:

      Wow, it does look the same, and yet that madrone tree is supposed to be on the coast only, so I don’t think it’s the same. There are tons of Manzanita trees in Southern California because it’s one of the only trees that can put up with such dry weather. Many of the pine trees we saw on vacation have been dying in the past 10 years because of the lack of rain. Very sad.

  7. Pat says:

    What an extraordinary tree!

  8. wonderful detailed images!

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Love these trees, although I didn’t realize the difference between these and Madrones. They are beautiful!

    • mpejovic says:

      They must belong to the same family somehow. There are tons of varieties of manzanita trees and all these trees grow in Western US. They sure make an interesting subject to photograph.

  10. char says:

    I love the texture on these trees. And the color. It’s so vivid!

    • mpejovic says:

      The light was so perfect that day, great for pictures. Very clear sky, a little shade to diminish the brightness a bit. I wish every day was like that for photos!

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