The Lone Cypress


In honor of the US Open currently being played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, I am posting their trademark, The Lone Cypress.

On our recent road trip up Highway 1, we stopped and visited Pebble Beach.  My husband loves golf, and we both enjoyed touring the area.  They were setting up for the tournament.  It is a beautiful course set right on the pacific ocean.

The Loan Cypress stands alone on a small rocky point.  According to Wikipedia, this cypress has been called one of the most photographed trees in North America. It is located between Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cypress Point Golf Course, two of the world’s best known golf courses.  I did not realize what an honor it was to visit this course and am so glad we made this stop.

As I was taking my own photographs, I realized one of the branches is missing.  Apparently it was lost in a storm just this year.

Wikipedia also states that the tree may be as old as 250 years, has been scared by fire, and has been held in place by cables for the past 65 years. A drawing of the tree became Pebble Beach Company’s trademark in 1919.

This sweet little tree has a fascinating history, and I am glad I had the opportunity to see it for myself.

Pebble is a piece of sacred ground. They say it’s the greatest meeting of land and water in the world. This course was heaven designed – just the way it fits on the land.
-Johnny Miller

If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.
-Jack Nicklaus



Lens-Artists Challenge #50 – Trees

11 Comments Add yours

  1. N. Walker says:

    It’s a beautiful photo. And, so interesting to read about it’s story.

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  2. Leya says:

    I am not at all into golf, and had never heard of this golf course or the story of the beautiful Cypress – but was rather taken by it. The quotes told a story of their own too. I love the pictures you have taken of the tree and the story of struggle to make it survive. There is something special with trees…they live much longer than we do, and I often think it would have been wonderful to hear their own stories. Told by themselves. Thank you for telling us the story of a very special tree!

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments! And I agree, what stories they could tell! We visited the Redwoods last fall and we were blown away with how huge and majestic they are. And I will say, I didn’t realize what an honor it was to be able to see this golf course when I was there. A nice memory. Thanks again!


      1. Leya says:

        Thank you for the stories!

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  3. Amy says:

    A very special tree! Beautiful images.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much!


  4. Tina Schell says:

    Saw it many years ago – somehow it may be the most iconic tree in the US. So nice to see it featured for the challenge

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    1. Thank you so much! I didn’t realize how special the tree was at the time. I only noticed it was missing a branch and it made me sad. My husband heard yesterday during the golf tournament that another tree has been planted along the coastline.


  5. JohnRH says:

    Nice photo. Solitary!

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