A sheer ridge, the crest of an ancient caldera, forms the highest point on Guadalupe Island at its north end. The crest creates its own weather in such a way that clouds, trapped on its west side, drape over the top of the island and dissapate as they flow down the east side. The moisture from these clouds supports a small fragile grove of Monterey pines (Pinus radiata), one of only two island populations of this tree species in the world.
Clouds held back by island crest. Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico