This state preserve near San Diego, California, features the critically endangered Torrey pine, the rarest pine in North America. The semi-arid parkland, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, is subject to fierce winds that sweep down from the desert. But on this quiet, windless day the uniform gray-greens of the pines and chaparral give the landscape a strikingly understated elegance.
Waves crash forcefully into a rock formation off the California coast year after year with no visible effects. Strong and firm, the rocks remain trusted seaside monuments. To see all the other images in today’s monochrome challenge, go to Leanne Cole’s blog.
This fanciful serpent created by metal sculptor, Ricardo Breceda, goes in and out of the sand and across a road in Anza Borrego Desert Park in California. There are over 100 metal sculptures in the park, all created by Breceda and most representing prehistoric or mythical creatures.