Lone Cypress

Just like any other landmark or iconic object, it is special to finally see it in person.

Along 17 Mile Drive sits the Lone Cypress. Kind of all by its lonesome – it has many visitors to keep it company.

The Lone Cypress stands on an outcropping of stone along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Not So SAHM

The Lone Cypress – ProjectEdit365 – 13 Sep

The original was pretty dark. I increased the exposure, highlights, and contrast, and lightened the shadows. I decreased the clarity a little bit to play up the haze in the background. I used an adjustment brush on the tree to increase the contrast and clarity of it. I also used a graduated filter to warm the right side of the sky and rocks. I finished by adding a small vignette. Here is the original:

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Beach Squirrel?

Along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach there are these cute little squirrel type animals that are so curious. I have a feeling they’re not afraid of humans due to all the tourists who feed them. We neither fed them nor pet them, but we did get very close!

A squirrel type animal gets close enough to sniff a girl's cell phone at a beach along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Not So SAHM

Beach Squirrel? – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Sep

The original was a little flat. I increased the contrast and clarity, and lightened the shadows and blacks. I warmed the temp just a little and lowered the highlights to give more detail to the clouds. I used some adjustment brushes to lighten the girls’ faces (the increase in contrast and clarity darkened the features too much), to sharpen some of the rocks, and to make the trees in the background stand out a little more. Here’s the original:

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The Lone Cypress sits by itself on an outcropping of rock in the Pacific Ocean Not So SAHM

Lone Cypress

The Monterey Cypress grows naturally only in the greater Monterey area. And this guy? He’s chosen a special and particularly precarious place to survive all by himself (although he gets help).

The Lone Cypress sits by itself on an outcropping of rock in the Pacific Ocean Not So SAHM

Lone Cypress – ProjectEdit365 05 Feb

Not too far from here, a little farther north on 17-Mile Drive is Seal Rock. The animals inhabiting the rock are actually sea lions, but they don’t seem to mind the misnomer.

sea lions on seal rock along 17 mile drive in Pebble Beach, California Not So SAHM

Seal Rock – ProjectEdit365 03 Feb

The Lone Cypress along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach Not So SAHM

The Lone Cypress and a friendly. . .squirrel?

We toured 17-Mile Drive today. It’s a famous drive around the Pebble Beach area of the Monterey Peninsula. There are about 20 numbered stops along the drive. The girls and I had done a run in the area so we decided afterwards to do the drive. Make that, I decided that we should do the drive. The girls were ready to go back to the house to get school done so they could play Wii. I know I’m not the only one with this problem.

Our first stop was Seal Point. Seals are all over the place in this area, but we haven’t really seen them like this. What looks like a brownish rock out in the water. . .

Seal Point on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach CA  Not So SAHM

Seal Point

Is really a rock COVERED in seals!

Seals on Seal Point on 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach  Not So SAHM

Not understanding the point of “King of the Hill”

True seals cannot use their flippers to walk, the flippers are too short. Upon closer inspection of these guys (in Lightroom), they have long flippers (and ear flaps) so they’re actually sea lions. . . unless they’re fur seals (which aren’t true seals). Anyway, there are literally tons of them all over the rock! Imagine how long it took for them to haul themselves up to the top!

Seal Point could have also been called Friendly Squirrel Point. Unless this is not a squirrel…

Friendly squirrel at Seal Point along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach  Not So SAHM

whatcha got there?!

These are not the grey squirrels of the East Coast that are super pests and should be eliminated. Ahem. They’re not grey, their tails are shorter, and they live on the beach. They were not afraid of us at all. In fact, the one above was kind of protective of that rock. Ash was climbing on it when Curious George came along and scurried up there with her. It freaked her out so she scurried down, and that’s why she’s standing a little farther off in the pic above. I can’t say I blame her. I was taught that if an animal doesn’t act the way it normally should then it’s probably rabid.

Now, Curious couldn’t have all the fun so his neighbor, The Pudge, came out to join us. This guy could barely fit through those rocks that are behind him in the picture below. That’s where they live, in those rocks. I’m guessing. We didn’t really have a conversation. He wasn’t as willing to get so close to us as George, but then again, Curious George is notorious for making stupid decisions. Amiright?

Pudgy squirrel at Seal Point along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach  Not So SAHM

The Pudge

Not willing to risk rabies any more than we already had, we left the beach squirrels to play their own version of King of the Hill and drove along the 17 miles. The most famous stop (other than the golf links themselves) is The Lone Cypress. I haven’t looked up its story to know why it’s alone, or why it has brickwork around its trunk, but it’s a very interesting site to see. Very romantic in a lonely sort of way.

The Lone Cypress along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach  Not So SAHM

What’s your story, loner?

The Lone Cypress along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach  Not So SAHM

So mysterious. . .check out the brickwork

You can’t feel too romantic when you’re staring at it though. We were there on a Tuesday morning in the fall, still there were tourists all over the place. Thankfully no one is allowed out to the tree.

There are beautiful vistas along the 17-mile drive and each one takes your breath away–if you’re older than a tween. My two girls had enough after the second stop. They probably had enough after the squirrels, but I was not listening.

Vista along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach  Not So SAHM

People actually live here – in fact the house across the street from the inlet is for sale. For real.

My love for this area continues to grow.

   Not So SAHM

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