Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Torrey Pines on my Mind"

"Torrey Pines on my Mind"
12" x 16" Pastel on Sandpaper
© Monique Straub
Number three in my "California State Parks" series, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of my local favorites. Here is a little info on the distinctive trees that make this park so special to me.

The naming of the Torrey Pine tree:

Because groves of trees were not common along the Southern California coast, early Spanish explorers (1500-1700 AD) referred to this area as Punto de Los Arboles, which literally means "Point of Trees." They used this area both as a landmark and as a warning that they were too close to the shore in the fog. The trees themselves were referred to as Soledad Pines (Solitary Pines) by the first non-Native Americans to visit the area. The name remained until 1850.

The first modern account of the Torrey pine occurred with the renaming of the tree in 1850. It was "officially" discovered by Dr. Charles Christopher Parry. Parry was in San Diego as botanist for the US - Mexico Boundary Survey. The purpose of the survey was to determine the boundaries between Mexico and California. Parry was a medical doctor with an interest in botany: specifically, why plants grew where they did and how Indians used plants. Parry named the tree for his friend and colleague, Dr. John Torrey, of New York. Torrey was one of the leading botanists of his time. He had co-authored A Flora of North America, and was the sole author of A Flora of New York State.

"Torrey Pines on my Mind" is offered framed in a wide, black, plein air style frame with gold liner and UV/non-glare museum glass. Ready to hang and enjoy. You may purchase here and have it shipped to your door, or purchase here and pick up at my studio/gallery and I will refund the shipping. $365 + $35 to ship anywhere in the continental US or Canada. Updated 11/1/13: a collector in Washoe Valley, Nevada!

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