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.
The omnipresent boab is a delight in the landscape of the Kimberley Outback, Australia. It seems that no two are identical. They can be tall or short, fat or thin, symmetrical or asymmetrical. The boab is a rugged survivor of the seasonal extremes in the Kimberley, aptly named “The Wet” and “The Dry.”
These old pine trunks stand straight and tall in an Arizona forest, leaving their carpet of needles scattered on the arid woodland floor below them. To see all of this week’s themed challenge entries, go to Leanne Cole Photography.