The Scrubby Pine

posted by Sharon March 5, 2013 25 Comments
Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines is an area of beach and cliffs in San Diego.

It’s also home to the Torrey Pine, a tree found only here and one other place, named after a botanist’s friend in the 1800s. The scrubby pine grows out of the sandy soil and hangs on the edges of hills.

This pine bends without breaking when sea winds buffet the cliffs.

The Torrey Pine is not the most majestic of pines, not the most beautiful. It is distinctive, though. The stand of pines helped guide those at sea to the shore long before a lighthouse sat atop a San Diego point.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” We may wish we were more beautiful, had accomplished more, or any number of things. The Torrey Pine stands as a reminder to just be ourselves. You never know who is lost at sea, looking to you for inspiration.

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Little Things Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Ready to Waltz, 1440, and Communal Global.

Photos are processed with Kim Klassen’s textures Daisy, Isobel and If Only.

 

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25 Comments

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Gracie O March 5, 2013 at 6:08 am

Beautiful shots. My fave is number six. Love the soft blue and lavender.

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theartfuldiva March 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

gorgeous skies and ocean view too – magnificent!

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pctaximom03 March 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

really, i don’t know if i could say enough about this post. the photos are gorgeous {and don’t look processed at all-a great accomplishment!) , but i love the words, too. a hugely wonderful message.

would love for you to join 1440, a friday link-up at findingserendipity.com. your work is lovely.

visitng from sweet shot tuesday.

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Sharon March 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Thank you for the invitation to 1440. Looks great! I plan to join you!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin March 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

What a cool pine tree! What gorgeous views, too!!

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Janine Smith March 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Beautiful shots. Love the sunset!

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Sherry Galey March 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Fantastic images and I love your message – simple but profound.

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Gracie March 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Beautiful post, Sharon. The images are wonderful and the quote a true source of inspiration.

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Kathryn Dyche Dechairo March 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Beautiful images. I remember walking along the beach by Torrey Pines several years ago. It’s so magical there.

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Silver Bird Photography March 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Beautiful landscape. I especially like the last image.

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Pride in Photos Photography March 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I so love these images…haven’t been to this area yet. Still on the bucket list..sigh! Your quote is perfect for this post. Blessings.

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kim March 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Gorgeous place! I love these captures and your sentiments with them.

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Pieni lintu March 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Amazing shots!!!

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Madge @ TheViewFromRightHere March 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Lovely… and the textures add a softness… I created my first ever textured image today and shared over at Kim’s as well…

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Nicki March 6, 2013 at 12:57 am

When I think Torey Pines I think of the golf course – not that I’ve ever been there – but it is what comes to mind. Your last image is quite lovely.

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Maddy March 6, 2013 at 1:32 am

It IS beautiful! And I love the message about being yourself. I love how nature keeps reminding us of these important lessons.

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Earl March 6, 2013 at 1:43 am

Beautiful photos. But, I can never tell what ones have the texture added. Maybe the textures are there but so subtle I can’t tell.

Earl

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Sharon March 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi, Earl,
These all have texture but I did keep it subtle because I wanted the blue of the sky to show through in most of these. Most of these have the texture Isobel, which has a beautiful blue tone that enhanced the colors rather than covering them up. I’m learning and having fun with textures!

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Jade @ Tasting Grace March 6, 2013 at 4:54 am

What a beautiful place! And I love that Emerson quote – it is a challenge sometimes indeed!

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Irmi March 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Thank you, Sharon. That was a beautiful read over my lunch hour!

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Molly March 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

The 2nd to last image is absolutely outstanding, the burst of sunlight on the water! Wow

Mollyxxx

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BiTi March 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Oh so lovely! Our first linky party is on, we hope you can join us at:

http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2013/03/ready-to-waltz-party-time.html

Have a beautiful weekend!

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Kerri March 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

GREAT post!

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BiTi March 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Next time I go south, I’ll definitely check them out and I’ll always remember how I learned their story from you. Thank you so much for joining our party at pret-a-vivre. Hope to see you next week 🙂

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mscarletti March 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Gorgeous Shots! I want to visit there!

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