On a recent, spontaneous visit to Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Preserve it saddened me to see two of the smaller Torrey Pines on the hill dying. I don’t know what is causing it, but with California’s ongoing drought I would assume the lack of precipitation is one reason.
The two photos below were made in different weather, times and months. The first one is from May 2013 in the late afternoon and it was overcast and looked like rain. The second one from February 2015 was made around noon and it was foggy. Click on either image to open it larger to see the difference.
I’d like to add that, unlike a lot of other photographers, I do not climb around the eroded hills to “get the shot”. I always see footprints in the soil there, and I see enough photos online that were clearly made from a position that is off limits. It’s a nature preserve, folks. Stay on the trails. Your friggin’ photo isn’t that important, and it won’t look that different either at that spot.
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