Monterey and the Lone Cypress

posted by Sharon August 15, 2016 20 Comments
Monterey

Monterey Bay

The rugged coastline of Monterey  features deep blue waters and rocks worn smooth by the pounding of waves.

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The bay, sheltered from winds and weather, is a peaceful place. Across this bay lies the area of Monterey known as Cannery Row, made famous by novelist John Steinbeck.

Monterey Bay Cannery Row

The tip of the land curves and juts out and the restless sea bashes against the coast. Here the scene is not at all peaceful but the raw power of the water leaves us in awe.

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Somehow, on the edge of this rocky land, a tree took root more than 200 years ago. It grew, seemingly out of stone, and survived in spite of great odds. Perched alone on the cliff, it’s known as the Lone Cypress. People come from all over to view this testament to tenacity.

Monterey Lone Cypress

The tree is now fenced off so visitors can’t get close, and cables secure the tree atop its rocky ledge. The Lone Cypress is obviously in a fragile spot, but still it stands tall. It reminds us that we can stay strong as troubled waters swirl all around.

Monterey Lone Cypress

 

Whether the day is beginning or ending, the coast of Monterey is a refreshing picture of life and hope amid chaos.

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How about you? Where have you found hope for the day?

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Linking up with Image-in-ing, Little Things ThursdayWednesday Around the WorldThe Good, the Random, the Fun, Through My Lens, Seasons, Blue Monday and Life Thru the Lens.

 

 

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20 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 15, 2016 at 9:42 am

What a gorgeous, gorgeous place!!
Thanks for linking up!

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jandi @ohmydearests August 15, 2016 at 9:46 am

stunning images! makes me want to go there! now! have a lovely week!

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Mersad August 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

Wonderful summer sights from the beach! Thank you for linking in with “Through my Lens”.

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Maria August 15, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Sharon, such beautiful photos

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky August 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Beautiful, Sharon~ I wish I was there!
Thanks for joining us at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/sweetheart-in-sepia.html

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Gail Romaine August 15, 2016 at 6:34 pm

I love your metaphor calling the Lone Cypress a “testament to tenacity,” and your reminder to “us that we can stay strong as troubled waters swirl all around.” Great photos and writing, Sharon!

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Lisa August 16, 2016 at 1:32 am

Gaaaahhhhhh, so, so pretty Sharon.

Annnnnd, I love your blog remake. It is perfect.

Lisa @ LTTL

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Rhonda Albom August 16, 2016 at 11:57 am

Beautiful location and stunning photos. I love the one with all the birds.

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Elizabeth Stewart August 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Such beauty! The lone tree is a wonderful spiritual lesson, too!

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bettyl - NZ August 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm

I always enjoy seeing the coastlines of other countries. They are similar but different to mine. It is so amazing that the tree still hangs on in that precarious place!

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Ruth August 17, 2016 at 12:36 am

I love this area! It has to be one of California’s more beautiful places. I want to go back to Point Lobos and Carmel.

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jeanne at Backyard Neighbot August 17, 2016 at 12:43 am

Hello Sharon. Your photos are wonderful and the lone tree is a wonder that makes one think and ponder. We took that long drive along the coast when we drove to see the Hearst Mansion. We drove from San Francisco. An awesome drive.
Thank you for joining Blue Monday.
xo,
Jeanne

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Nano @ #TravelWithNanoB August 17, 2016 at 2:21 am

Hello Sharon! Your photos do real justice to the beauty of Monterey, beautiful photography, especially water hitting the cliffs. The USA has been blessed with many gorgeous spots, but Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach areas will always be one of my favorites.

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Buckeroomama August 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

My word –what a beautiful place! Wish we could have driven further from SF to check this out. Next time…

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Kim Gorga August 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I always love seeing all the beautiful photos and then your “something to think about” at the very end.

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merlanne August 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm

How wonderful, the blue sky, the blue water, the landscape. The place is a beauty.

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handmade by amalia August 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Gorgeous. I so want to go in.
Amalia
xo

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грузоперевозки September 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

Such a locally rooted, landscape-loving family must feel an intimate connection to the most-photographed cypress ever, right?

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Anya September 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Loved this post, Sharon! I have just moved to GA after living in Monterey for almost 3 years. I miss it dearly. Gorgeous photos!

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