A monterey cypress tree in Ellen Browning Scripps Park known as the Truffula tree or the Lorax Tree.

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

A Monterey Cypress tree affectionately known as the Truffula Tree because it was thought to be the inspiration of the trees in The Lorax by Dr Seuss.

The Story Behind the Photo

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.

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