Friday, November 1, 2013

Geo 365: Nov. 1, Day 305: A Tortured Tree

From the same pocket park as yesterday's view of the bridge, we're looking south along the terrace here. This poor tree is probably a shore pine- most other conifers can't tolerate the salt spray this close to shore. These pines can colonize pretty close to shore, but frequently show forms such as the one above, as a result of frequent winter storms with hurricane-force winds and gusts occasionally in excess of 120 miles per hour. Even without the ocean visible, it's easy to tell which direction it's in.

Photo unmodified. May 6, 2013. FlashEarth location.

Follow-up: Looks like the winds that have deformed that tree are going to be up to their game tomorrow.

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