"Beach trees" all have one thing in common...there are very few branches on the side facing the ocean. My guess is the frequent 65-70 mph winds just might have something to do with that. Let's call it Mother Nature's winter pruning. Not wanting to be left out, our own Lullaby Tree in the back yard is working on becoming a beach tree. This huge branch came crashing down during a recent storm leaving the west side of the tree even more bare.
Perhaps it is also making a home for a bald eagle. I recently discovered beach trees or old growth trees (with just 60% of their branches remaining) are the bald eagle's favorite habitat. No wonder bald eagles love Saltair Station too!