I heard that the wildflowers were in full bloom. So, I decided to stop by the Torrey Pines State Reserve for a quick hike after work a few days ago. After walking up a steep asphalt hill, the trail itself was fairly flat and had plenty of vibrant, colorful nature to keep me company. There are a couple lookouts where you can just breathe and look over the ocean.
Like many trails, there were signs to educate hikers. Here's a little bit about Torrey Pine trees… these trees are one of the rarest kinds of pine trees. They are only found in 2 places in the world naturally: the San Diego coastline and Santa Island (off the coast of Santa Barbara). The grooves on the needles are used to collect moisture from the ocean fog. The taproot also reaches for water but in the ground. These roots go deep into the earth. The cones that take 3-5 years to mature bear seeds at the top of the trees.
All photos were taken with my iPhone. "Sometimes, the best camera is the one that you have on you."
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