Sandeep Thomas

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been...

- Mark Twain.

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I have heard about the windswept Cypress trees of the pacific coast for a long time and always wanted to see and photograph them. Cupressus macrocarpa, commonly known as Monterey Cypress or Macrocarpa, is a species of cypress that is endemic to the Central Coast of California. In the wild, the species is confined to two small populations, near Monterey and Carmel, California.[2] These two small populations represent what was once a very large forest on the west coast. The surviving trees from this forest are as old as 2000 years. it is a medium-sized coniferous evergreen tree, which often becomes irregular and flat-topped as a result of the strong winds that are typical of its native area. It grows to heights of up to 40m in perfect growing conditions, and its trunk diameter can reach 2.5m. The foliage grows in dense sprays, bright green in color. The leaves are scale-like, 2–5 mm long, and produced on rounded (not flattened) shoots; seedlings up to a year old have needle-like leaves 4–8 mm long.
So when I finally made my move to CA, I decided to visit the windiest place on the pacific coast and see if they have any cypress trees and I landed pay dirt. These trees are located on way to the Point Reyes Lighthouse just before you reach the lighthouse and are an amazing sight. I took this HDR shot as the sun was setting and I wanted to reach the lighthouse for the sunset. But I am very happy with the results and hope every on likes it!!

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