"The Noblest Thing I Have Ever Seen"
On the North Shore Trail of Point Lobos State Reserve overlooking Bluefish Cove in central California, we see in this photograph the beautiful and unique Monterey cypress....... the land-dwelling symbol of the reserve.
The great 20th century poet of the American West Coast, Robinson Jeffers, built a stone cottage called "Tor House" on land facing Point Lobos in 1919. Much of his verse was set in this region and celebrated the awesome beauty of coastal hills and ravines that plunged into the Pacific. With few exceptions, his poetry praised "the beauty of things" in this setting and emphasized his belief that such splendor demanded tragedy. Through his haunting lyrics and dramatic narrative poems, he captured the energy and beauty of this dramatic landscape that he called "the noblest thing I have ever seen."
* Come in the morning you will see white gulls
Weaving a dance over blue water, the wane of the moon
Their dance-companion, a ghost walking
By daylight, but wider and whiter than any bird in
My ghost you needn't look for; it is probably
Here, but a dark one, deep in the granite, not
dancing on wind
With the mad wings and the day moon".
* Tor House by Robinson Jeffers