Lone Cypress


I’ve traveled to many places in the western US and Canada on workshops and with friends taking photos. Then one day it hit me- “I live in such a beautiful area with Santa Cruz, Monterey and Big Sur just an hour away. Why not explore these areas in depth to know one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. "

Spring and fall/winter offer the best light so when I saw a storm coming in in March, I jumped in the truck and decided to shoot the Lone Cypress. This spot is an iconic California landmark. Its on the famous 17 Mile Drive along the the Pacific Coastline that passes through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. I had scouted it several times to narrow down the composition I was looking for. The spot I found was on a cliff that gave a great view of the tree without the several other cypress trees that are close by. I wanted only the one tree in the shot- the “Lone Cypress"

The ocean was quiet that day so I was able to capture the swirling waters in the area beneath the tree that had the lovely turquoise colors.

Then the sunset.

Once the sun started to set and color was peaking, I looked over to the left, at the platform where tourists stand to take pictures, and everything was bright orange. The people, the deck, the trees, the rocks, everything. What a sunset it was.

Date Added
August 9, 2016