Vasquez Rocks Park had some rain recently, and nature went wild. From blooms to berries, this is a look at two plants named after the state that responded nicely. (California Juniper, California Cholla)
Cholla cacti have wood skeletons. After they die and the water evaporates, after the skin falls off and the desert critters move in - they leave behind some wood. I never connected the plants as alive to how they were when dead.