A once green and leafy Live Oak now lays on a dune on Cumberland Island, Georgia. It had stood, rooted in its sunny, sandy soil lending stability to the dune and the plants and animals living around it. After many years of withstanding the ocean’s salt-laden breezes — and winds — the tree succumbed. Though not showing signs of being attacked by insects, perhaps it was weakened by some sort of bug or disease. Any trace of leaves has long since been erased while most of its minor limbs and branches have been blown or broken off. Now, still partially rooted in the dune, it shows the bleaching effects of Georgia’s intense sun and the smoothing result of sand being driven by the ocean breezes and winds. Some bits of bark remain on the trunk of the tree but it lies there deteriorating as nature causes further demise and it will eventually become part of the surrounding earth.