Walking from the parking lot at the west end of the Sir Francis Drake
Boulevard to the
Point Reyes Lighthouse,
you will pass by several cypress trees
before getting to the visitor center and the 300 steps leading down to
Fog is common at Point Reyes and causes
fog drip wherever trees stand.
When I walked the lighthouse trail on
a foggy November morning in 2017, water was dripping from their
needles—and the from the ferns and mosses thriving within the
branchwork of these coniferous trees.
The picture shows the wet, gray bark of a mature cypress
next to the wet trail.
These cypresses grow on the north side of a shadowing rock
wall—exposing them mainly to winds from the north.
The trees show a south-bent structure.
Their trunks lean away from ocean winds, which blow over the ragged
coastal headland southward from the sea west of the
eleven-mile-long heavy-surf beach.