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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

G. Donald Bain

Mother of the Forest

G. Donald Bain

Monterey Cypress Grove on the Cliff Edge

Near Pinnacle Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, California, USA

May 21, 2012

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One of the rarest trees in the world, the Monterey cypress grows only on two headlands at the south end of Monterey Bay on the central California coast. And even within this limited range it is only found in a narrow strip at the very edge of the wind-wracked cliffs.

The habitat here at Point Lobos is so perpetually soaked by cool blowing fog that algae, as well as lichen, grows on the exposed limbs of the cypress trees. The dramatic shape of these trees, like natural bonsai, has been an inspiration to generations of artists and photographers, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.
More panoramas of Point Lobos in the Monterey, Big Sur, and the Central Coast section of my website.

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Lat: 36° 31' 22.07" N
Long: 121° 57' 9.31" W

Elevation: 60 feet (19 meters)

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR with a 15mm Canon fisheye lens, on a Nodal Ninja VR mount, Really Right Stuff ballhead, and Gitzo carbon-fiber tripod. Stitched with PTGui Pro 9 on a Macintosh Intel Core 2 Duo iMac, retouched with Photoshop CS3.

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