Resilience is the ability of an object or an individual to withstand hardships. I can think of several individuals who could fit the definition, but the lone cypress that stands on the cliff along the 17 mile drive truly symbolizes resilience. While all the Monterey cypress trees lining the coast are native to the region, and thus a rarity in themselves, this tree is extremely special. It has not only braved the ocean winds for about 250 years, but has also endured and survived a fire in 1984. I imagine it holding on to its crutches of metal wires, standing upright with pride, as onlookers make it popular through their lenses. Each passing day that it survives is a win against circumstances, a testimony to the strength of individualistic resilience.
A side note- I found it very interesting that many entries for resilience were about trees. Indeed, plants have a challenging life: fixed to a place and left to make the best of their conditions. The posts rung a bell from a recent book called Lab girl, written by a plant researcher who beautifully draws parallels between the tough life of plants and her own life events.
PS: For more beautiful spots in California, check out my Northern California travel guide.