When we went to the Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting on Wednesday night one of the arborists, Theron Winsby, brought up a interesting point. Is the Torrey Pine on Longbranch Avenue leaning or is it growing at a slant? His partner, Monique Bowen, brought her camera to the meeting to show the board a series of photos she took of Torrey Pines in Del Mar and she has graciously allowed us to share them with you.
I took two of those photos and one that we had, taken by Jeff Stone, and placed them all together so we could see how common it is for these types of trees to grow at a slant. Click on the image to view it full size in your browser. I picked these photos because the trees are roughly the same size and growing at a similar angle.
It is obvious that some of the trees in the photos below may have leaned over the years but most of the ones pictured here are simply growing at a slant. Take a look and let us know what you think. All photos below by Monique Bowen, click on each one to view them individually.