Botanical Inspiration: Massive Manzanita Branch

On an exploratory family hike in Briones Regional Park, we came across a fallen manzanita branch.  Being a scavenger by nature,  I convinced  Alex to pull the massive branch out of the brush so we could break it into smaller limbs and bring it home.  With the kids' help, we carried enough manzanita bounty to fill the back of our van.  Having just taken down the big branch over our mantle,  this discovery was very timely indeed.  The smooth, mahogany colored bark looks great against our brick hearth.  Take a look at our latest find:

Do you enjoy scavenging in nature, too?  If so, tell me about your favorite souvenir from the great outdoors.