A monterey cypress tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park. This tree is known as the Truffula tree or the Lorax Tree and is though to be the inspiration for Dr Seuss. The photo is taken at sunset and shows the tree set against a colorful pink and magenta sky.

The Truffula Tree | Monterey Cypress, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.

This is the Truffula Tree in Scripps Park, La Jolla. The tree is actually a Monterey Cypress but it's thought to be the inspiration for Dr Seuss' Truffula trees in The Lorax. Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) lived in La Jolla and could see the tree from the observation tower in his home.

I photographed this during a sunset in April, 2018. There were low clouds on the horizon and right above me condensing as the wind came ashore. I didn't think the sunset would turn out but I stuck around and luckily there were also some higher clouds in the sky that caught that last light with a great pink glow.

Unfortunately in June 2019 the tree fell for an unknown reason and is no more. The cypress was thought to be between 80 to 100 years old.

About the Prints

Edition of 50. Available in the following sizes:

24 x 30 inches

32 x 40 inches

48 x 60 inches

Medium: Archival pigment print with acrylic facemount


This is a pigment print where the front has been directly mounted with an adhesive to a sheet of ultra clear, scratch resistant, and non-reflective acrylic glass. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally resulting in a display with incredible visual depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to be back illuminated with the light emanating from the image itself. The print comes ready to hang with a hidden mount on the back that floats the print off the wall.

Please allow 4-5 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please contact me for international rates.

Subscribe to My Mailing List

Sign up to receive email updates about Stephen's artwork, show schedule, and promotional offers.