For anyone that has driven along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, this is surely a familiar icon for you. I took these photos in 1992 while on our honeymoon in Northern California. Thought to be the most photographed tree in North America, the Lone Cypress juts out from a rocky ledge overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For over 250 years, and with the assistance of a few strategically placed steel cables, the tree has survived many significant storms and fires.

A framed version of this photo hangs on the wall of our family room. It reminds me that if a tree can survive for 250 years rooted in rock, anything is possible. Like this lone cypress, you might just need a little support.

“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.” – Adm. William “Bull” Halsey, Jr., USN

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