The Monterey Cypress, while native to the Central Coast rather than North Coast, thrives in our environment. The evergreen loves our cool, fog-laden summers. The cypress was frequently planted in long hedgerows to act as a wind-break and border between various ranch fields.
The tree is a popular subject with photographers. I much like its very graphic nature. Its bark is highly textured and sometimes seems almost braided; side-lighting really emphasizes that texture. Too, its repeating branch structure is highly graphic and makes for wonderful images. Long hedgerows of the trees are favorite subjects. Finally, the wind shapes the tree in ways unique to the cypress: the tree becomes flat-topped and looks wind-blown, even when the air is calm.
The images in this gallery are in color. (Several images look quite monochromatic but are indeed in RGB color!) Graphic images of this tree work very well in monochrome, too. I will include some additional images in my monochrome Gallery Two as I develop that addition to my website.
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