Torrey Pines are unique and they reflect the adversity of the winds and storms they are subject to on a daily basis. While in San Diego a few years ago, we visited Torrey Pines State Park just north of San Diego. This tree is the nations rarest pine tree. They grow in near drought conditions, subject to fierce winds and sandy soil, and yet they survive. Their shape tells the story of their existence.
This image was captured on our hike through the state park. There were many Torrey Pines that were older, but this one seemed to capture the spirit of survival in adverse conditions.