Cypress Point can be found along 17 Mile Drive, the famously picturesque path that hugs the coast in Monterey County, California. The long exposure time Carleton Watkins used in this image makes the ocean seem dreamily calm; in reality, it regularly crashes against the jagged rocks of the shore. The tree seen here is a Monterey Cypress, or cupressus macrocarpa. It grows naturally in only two small spots on the Monterey peninsula: the granite headlands of Point Lobos, and Cypress Point. These spots are what’s left of what was once a very large forest on the west coast.
Watkins worked with a mammoth-plate camera and 18"x22" glass plates, using the wet-collodion technique to create rich, detailed images. In addition to making stunning images of Yosemite, which led President Lincoln to sign the Yosemite Grant in 1864, Watkins photographed the cities and coasts of California, where he lived and worked from the 1850s until his death in 1916.
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available
Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.
Museo Portfolio Rag
10"x8" | edition of 20
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"x16" | edition of 50