Shadows


This is my shadow atop Sentinal Dome in Yosemite. The fallen tree is a Jeffrey Pine. Ansel Adams once stood upon this same mountain, and photographed this tree when it was alive.

Ansel Adams made his image around 1940 with an 8" x 10” view camera. Sentinel Dome, the second highest point in Yosemite Valley after Half Dome, looms over the south rim of Yosemite Valley , opposite Yosemite Fall and west of Glacier Point.

Though Adams' photograph made the Jeffrey Pine famous, it was long an icon for photographers visiting Yosemite ; Carleton Watkins photographed it in 1867. the easy hike to reach Sentinel Dome from the Glacier Point road, the tree became a popular destination; over the years, thousands of visitors carved their initials into it. Despite the efforts of park rangers who carried buckets of water to it, the tree perished in the drought of 1976-77 and fell in August 2003.