The subject in the present lot is the famous "The Lone Cypress" tree on the 17-Mile highway in Monterey, California. Also known as the 17-Mile Drive, it is a scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach in California and much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses and mansions. It also serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach.
At the north end, the road originates in Pacific Grove at the intersection of Del Monte Blvd and Highway 68 (Holman Highway). The famous portion of 17-Mile Drive then begins a few miles south of this point. The road runs adjacent to beaches and up into the coastal hills, providing scenic viewpoints. Chief among these is the Lone Cypress Tree, the official symbol of Pebble Beach and a frequent fixture of television broadcasts from this area. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org)
Standing alone on a rocky top and overlooking the sea, the lonesome tree constitutes one of the most picturesque sights of the famed driveway. Most of the photographs on this specific spot highlights the lyrical shape of the tree as it stands alone against the backdrop of the majestic Pacific coastline and yet the artist accentuates the intertwining patterning of the branches as he depicts the tree up close and fills up the whole canvas with it. Consequently, the perspective presented is slightly warped notwithstanding the dramatic and almost poetic effect of the composition.