Taken on the Oregon coast where gail force winds often occur you have to be mighty strong to survive out here.
This tree has seen many seasons and should see many more. You can see which direction the wind usually comes from but that one branch on the left, how does that thing hang on? Poking way beyond a normal distance, all by itself? Is it some kind of defiance towards the elements? Like the crippled first mate on Bubba Gumps shrimp boat? Sitting on top of the mast during a raging storm Lieutenant Dan screams at God and dares Him to destroy himself.
Perhaps global climate change is not responsible for more severe weather conditions, perhaps it's just the wind trying to take down that defiant branch. Hang in there mighty branch, you give me hope.