I took this photo at a viewpoint overlooking the Pacific in the San Juan Capistrano area yesterday. There was a whole group of these wonderfully gnarly trees. I don't know what kind. The structure of this one reminded me of a hand reaching up to the sky.I'd been in California to visit relatives and unfortunately my mom fell and broke her hip, requiring surgery. I was able to delay my departure and stay a few extra days to help out. So I took this photo during a quick break away from the hospital. A foray into nature, however short, tends to put life into perspective for me. No ocean photos (although it was pretty) -- it was the trees that spoke to me of age and strength and determination.