Lone Cypress - The Icon Of Pebble Beach California
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© Christine Till
The old cypress, sitting on a rocky outcropping at Spanish Bay near Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach along the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsular, CA, was a sapling when the Spanish named Monterey the capital of Baja (lower) and Alta (upper) California. The first reported reference to the tree in the Monterey Cypress (newspaper) on January 19, 1889 was written by R. Fitch. "Rounding a short curve on the beach, we approach Cypress Point, the boldest headland on the peninsula of Monterey. Down almost to the water grows the cypress, and on the extreme point a solitary tree has sunk its roots in the crevices of the wave-washed rock, and defies the battle of the elements that rage about it during the storms of winter."
The tree has been photographed by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and painted by many, merely to place the viewer on this stunning stretch of coastline between Monterey and Big Sur. This lone cypress, one of 10 most magnificent trees in the world, is evocative because of its age, setting, and the way in which it has been salt pruned by the winds coming off the Pacific Ocean. It is amazing that this old cypress is still alive right on the rock. To me, it represents strength and how you can endure a lot if you have a strong foundation.
Access to the cypress tree is closed. 250 years old, it is now supported by cables with a hope that it will live to its birthday #300.
Any golfer will recognize this symbolic tree in its picturesque location, and if not, this person should not be called a golfer. No, I did not have $1,000 laying around to play a round of golf there, but I did spend a great day in the area and captured this landscape at sunset - visible fog is already rolling in in the distant background.
September 14th, 2012
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