June 23, 2020: The Lone Cypress, Monterey

 

The Lone Cypress is one of the most photographed trees in the world.  It's a Monterey cypress growing on a granite outcropping in Pebble Beach, off 17-Mile Drive.  It's estimated to be about 250 years old.

03 Monterey trip with dad 05-1994 (7)

The Lone Cypress has survived arson fires, paint, California droughts, and storms.  However, during a windstorm in 2019 a strong gust broke off the large far-left branch of the tree, significantly altering its shape.  These photos were taken before the branch was broken off.

07 Monterey 07-1996 (7)

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A beautiful example of Nature surviving in the most extreme conditions. I've not seen this tree before. At first glance I saw a well manicured Bonsai Tree.  But I would resist the temptation to keep it trimmed.

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