Bird Rock, 17-Mile-Drive

Bird Rock is a site on Pebble Beach’s 17-Mile-Drive in California.

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Bird Rock is a granite rock that was shaped by wind and waves. It is home to wildlife including birds, harbor seals, and sea lions.

Originally bird rock was actually covered with four to five feet of bird droppings (guano) that around the 1930s was mined for fertiliser.

After the rock was cleaned the sea lions and seals move in.

During spring and summer, the rock is covered with cormorants, gulls, and pelicans. Also from November to March you may see migrating gray whales off the coast.

17-Mile-Drive is a scenic 17 mile (24 kilometre) loop road through Pebble Beach and the Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. The road is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation and non-residents pay a toll fee. This can be reimbursed with $35 or more purchase at one of Pebble Beach Resorts restaurants.

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Lone Cypress, 17-Mile-Drive

The Lone Cypress is a single Monterey cypress tree on the coast of Pebble Beach, California.

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The tree stands on a hillside off 17-Mile Drive, and is often acknowledged as one of the most photographed trees in North America.

17-Mile-Drive is a scenic 17 mile (24 kilometre) loop road through Pebble Beach and the Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. The road is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation and non-residents pay a toll fee. This can be reimbursed with $35 or more purchase at one of Pebble Beach Resorts restaurants.

The Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) only grows naturally at Pebble Beach and Point Lobos. The trees can reach heights of up to 20 metres (70 feet) and live about 300 years. The Lone Cypress is believed to be as old as 250 years.

The tree looks a bit different now as it lost its leftmost branch during a storm earlier this year in February.

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