Okay, stretching the theme a little, probably. :)
When I think of plant-life, I often think of the tenacity of life, even in the harshest environments. And in this case, it's both the tree and some help of humans (from the tensioned leads) that enable this little guy to survive.
This is in the heart of the Salt Flats, in northwestern Utah or Nevada, and there was probably no other life around for about a 15-mile radius. I have no idea how this survived or who helped prop it up. But it certainly stood out.
I'm curious any tips for what could have made the image more compelling. I didn't have a lot of latitude on the composition (taken from a road at 200mm and not sure I could have really gotten closer). But any thoughts appreciated.
Side-note: the crunchy horizon line was like that - it's the mirage of the salt-flats in hot summer reflection meeting up against spotty sharp elements poking through.
(Exif: Canon 40D, 70-200mm lens at 200, f/4, 1/4000-sec.)