Posts tagged ‘cypress’

May 27, 2010

Week 4: Lone Cypress

Photo by Sharashish, who releases it into the public domain.

Where is this tree?

* GPS: 36°34’29″N 121°54’48″W (approx) On a rocky outcropping at Spanish Bay near Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach, CA. The road to it, 17-mile Drive, is private and gated, open to the public for a fee.

What story does this tree have to tell?

* The old cypress, a native cupressus macrocarpa, was a sapling when Spain named Monterey the capital of Baja (lower) and Alta (upper) California. The arrival of the Spanish started a continuing saga around the question of “owning Nature.”

This tree 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 has been photographed by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and painted by many. Nevertheless, a drawing of the tree was registered by the Pebble Beach Company, and a lawyer surprisingly claimed that his client’s trademark “protected not only the logo but also the tree itself.”1

— photo credit Sharashish, who releases his image into the public domain through Creative Commons. Bob Weber, contribution.