Cypress Tree Tunnel, Point Reyes, CA

The Cypress Tree Tunnel in the Point Reyes National Seashore was planted in 1930. This stunning road leads to the historic RCA Radio Receiving Station.

This is one of the many gems in anΒ area that is filled with natural beauty and wildlife.Β 

Nature, Trees, California, Photography, Road, Nature

Cypress Tree Tunnel

“Trees are your best antiques.”

~Alexander Smith

Historic, Architecture, Trees, Nature, California, Monochrome, Photography

Historic RCA Coast Station and Cypress Tunnel




The Road Taken

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  1. Love this. It looks like my kind of place to visit. Unique and beautiful.

  2. This is awesome. I would love to visit there. Thank You.

  3. Beautiful! Dan and I are adding Point Reyes, CA to our places of “must visit” πŸ™‚

  4. I love trees.
    Here’s my “The Fellowship of Trees”
    Feel the treeness
    when trees treely stretch
    branches leafily toward a lonely sky,
    anchored by a woody society of treeish support;
    these treeful neighbors that make a sunly day shady
    and know the treely ways
    of goodly tree stuff.

  5. Wow! I would love to walk under there.
    What an amazing subject to photograph, and you’ve done it so beautifully here, Jane.
    Have a wonderful week!

  6. Beautiful post!

  7. Absolutely love this tunnel. Every time I see a picture of trees like that, I wish I could walk through it.

  8. What a great quote about trees being antiques, and your neck of the woods is a good one for that. I love tree tunnels – will have to think about seeing this one the next time in the area.

  9. EXCELLENT … I love tree tunnels!

  10. πŸ™‚ Wow, what beautiful tree tunnels!
    Stunning pictures.
    Have a very HAPPY week πŸ™‚

  11. Beautiful series, Jane. I’ve always like the look of trees arching over a road or trail. While we have a few tree-lined streets, here in Colorado Springs, that give the same effect, it’s not the same. Plus, it’s with the wrong tree – elm when it should be cottonwood, which are native to the area.

    • Hi David, Thank you so much. Agree, these trees offer a unique setting compared to most “upright” trees. Interesting how many places have non-native plants and trees. Your comments are always appreciated.

  12. Greetings from New Zealand, where I’ve come across some transplanted Monterey cypresses and even a few sequoias. The British cut down most of the native forests and mostly turned them into pasture and non-native pine plantations.

    • Hi Steve, Thank you for your interesting comment. A sad history of NZ native plants- I didn’t know that. Are you visiting or living in New Zealand now? I hope to get back there someday. Such a beautiful place. I walked the Milford Track with my husband and it was a fabulous experience.

  13. Both beauties Jane, but I love the light in your opening shot.

  14. just gorgeous….i want to ride my bike through each one…magical!!

  15. I’d be bumping into every tree because I would be looking up at them in awe while walking 😁

  16. This looks like something out of a film or cgi it’s so beautiful 😍

  17. Gorgeous πŸ™‚
    Should be so awesome to be there πŸ™‚

  18. I am fascinated with trees. Wonderful captured, Jane. Love these cypress tree tunnel. What an amazing place and view. Spring is coming.

    • HI Stefan, Me, too. Rather obsessed… if only they could talk, what we would learn. It is a special place and the whole area yesterday felt like a new spring day. Happy you enjoyed this pair, thanks so much.

  19. Excellent compositions, Jane! D800? My camera system before my Fuji X-T1. Too heavy for me. But it is producing amazing results… with your eyes and in your hands. The B&W image is my fav. Greetings! Reinhold

    • Hi Reinhold, Thank you very much. Yes, D800 with a 70-200mm f/2.8. A back-breaker but I love the results with the full frame and with a tripod it is fine. I am shopping for a mirrorless system to go with what I have and the Fuji is on my list. I assume you like it? The results I’ve seen in your work are spectacular.

      • back-breaker… so true. I was carrying a D800 and 5 primes. Nearly killed me. And without a tripod it is often slightly off. I had a herniated disc of the cervical spine in 2015 which disabled my right arm and hand. Still only back to 95% usability. I “wanted” and had to sell the Nikon gear and bought my Fuji X-T1. It is a lightweight, even with 2 extra lenses. And with the X-Pro2 and X-T2 Fuji has created real game breakers against full-frame. But there is no reason for me to change gear. I learn so much using my current system. I invest into the LEE filter system and new lenses. But I think Sony has beautiful mirrorless cameras as well. Thank you for your nice comment, Jane. All the best. Reinhold

        • Sorry about your back problems. Glad to know you love the Fuji, as many photographer friends have attested to. Sony, too, is the other top mirrorless. Wonder if Nikon is going to step up their game in this race. Thanks for chatting, Reinhold.

  20. I always look forward to your px.

  21. Wonderful image in all respects!

  22. Beautifully photographed, just right.

  23. Beautifully done, Jane. I’ve heard about this place before, and how it has grown into something so grand and magnificent over the years. It sure provides a lovely canopy overhead, yet still the sun is able to filter through. Lucky you got to visit πŸ™‚

    • Hi Mabel, I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am, that you’ve heard of this spot. It does make the rounds on Instagram so that may be the reason. It is such a classic California scene and I am so glad you enjoyed this pair. Thanks so much!

  24. Looks like you both had a very productive day, Jane. I love views like this.. been well captured πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

  25. Great photo’s of this stunningly beautiful tunnel! I love the way the light plays with the branches…

  26. wow- wonderful photos of these old gems – i wonder what the folks were like as they planted these πŸ™‚

  27. Enchanting! Point Reyes was the highlight of my trip to CA last year. I so want to go back and explore that area some more.

  28. Gorgeous photo. And now I want to fly out there to see this place! Rusha Sams

  29. Gorgeous image. I love the arch the tree makes.

  30. Brings back great memories of our trip last summer.

  31. Excellent choice, Jane. We always drive down this road when we are in Pt. Reyes. We even got to go inside the radio station once. Quite a history out there.

  32. Beautiful photos of what looks like a most inviting place, Jane!

  33. Very nice capture. The color gives me a better sense of depth. I realize that the two are looking different directions but the B&W seems to be flatter. Excellent exercise to see how color effect an image.

    • Hi Tim, Thanks for your thoughtful comment. For me, it’s always an interesting challenge to decide which images to convert to monochrome. These two views had very different light conditions and I think that contributes to the look, too. I agree, in this scene, the color is easier to read, as much as I like the B&W. Point Reyes is quite a place, isn’t it?

      • Yes, I agree, Point Reyes is a wonderful place to photograph.
        I’m never quite sure how WordPress posters take critiques and I tend to be cautious after getting scolded a few times. I fine that they are helpful to me when some critiques my images.
        My wife Jane Ingram Allen did a month long artist residency there in 2014 and worked with Gallery Route One. We stayed in Inverness and it gave me a great opportunity to photograph the area, including the Point Reyes ship wreck.

        • Hi Tim, Your thoughts and critiques are always welcome and appreciated. That’s how we all become better. We were on the same wavelength. I was just reading about the Artist Residencies on the NPS website! That’s wonderful that Jane (great name) did one there. And, that you got to photograph the shipwreck. I almost stopped yesterday but was rather done after a full day of shooting.

          • Hi Jane, (yes, a great name) I agree we grow with the help of others. The NPS residency is different than the one she did there. However, I’d encourage you to pursue the NPS residencies. She has done one at Fire Island National Seashore in New York and Boston Harbor Islands. We keep applying but ….

  34. How very delightful. Thanks for sharing these images.

  35. I think that your Image looks outstanding. Very well done.

  36. Beautiful Jane. Definitely a moment to “smell the flowers” πŸ™‚

  37. Lovely work, Jane!!

  38. “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.”

  39. magical….lovely and warm…smiles from Alberta ~ hedy πŸ˜€

  40. Love these “canopy” or tunnel landscapes Jane. Especially fond of the first image. I encouraged this effect when teaching students to manage walking trail corridors in natural settings.

  41. How nice it would be to walk under that arches of the tree. πŸ™‚ Lovely photo as always, Jane, and a perfect response to the prompt.

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