The 17-Mile Drive along the Monterey Peninsula winds through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, California. One of the most recognizable landmarks along this drive, and quite possibly the most photographed tree in the world is the Lone Cypress. Set atop its perch above the Pacific Ocean, the Lone Cypress is thought to be roughly 250 years old. The tree is special not just because of its location, but because it is a Monterey Cypress which is listed as Threatened by the IUCN. Once found in large forests along the California coast, the Monterey Cypress is now only found on the Monterey Peninsula. Now supported by a stone wall and cables to prevent it from falling into the ocean, the hope is that the tree will remain a local landmark for many years to come.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | May 17
Photo of the Day Award Category: Landscape Photography
Photograph Location: California | The United States
Photographer: Elizabeth Brown (Safety Harbor, FL) Registered
Elizabeth Brown is a fine art photographer who enjoys capturing a variety of subjects. Her interests include natural landscapes, wildlife, birds and all things associated with the coast. She uses only natural light to capture her photos allowing the true beauty of her subjects to shine through. Elizabeth’s interest in photography started at 12 after experimenting with her father’s SLR camera, purchasing her own only a few months later. Today, Elizabeth’s fine art photography is in several private collections, has been featured in several photography exhibitions and has been featured several times online. Her commercial photography can be seen in several multi-family industry publications throughout the US.