Just prior to shooting this tree I was close to the water where the surf was up a bit and the wind was blowing pretty good. I didn't realize it at the time but my lens had a layer of salt spray from the ocean on it. If you look closely at this image you can see it in a few places.
It's amazing these trees could grow as large as they are on the sand, which seems to move and shift so easily, and against the constantly blowing wind. I know species evolve over time and become specialized to specific environmental conditions but it's still impressive to see so many of these trees growing in exposed areas on top of what I think is your classic shifting sand.
As the temps in northern Ohio drop this first week of November I'm thinking back to the morning I was able to shoot this photo. At the time I took for granted my shorts and sandals and how warm and comfortable the wind was.