The conditions in windy Monterey county are very harsh on trees. One ubiquitous species there, Hesperocyparis macrocarpa, is a coniferous tree commonly known as the Monterey cypress and is one of several species of cypress trees endemic to California. The Lone Cypress on the 17-mile drive is an iconic example of the Monterey Cypress. In this collection, I explore the live and ghost trees of Monterey county. These monochrome images have a texture applied to them and are finished with a sepia tone, all meant to highlight the mystery of these tough, resilient trees, which seem to defy the elements with grace and dignity.