Cook’s Meadow, Yosemite National Park, is well known for its iconic Elm Tree, first made famous by Ansel Adams. It has several other distinctive trees, including the weathered tree that served as a foreground for many shots of Yosemite Falls from the Sentinel Bridge parking lot. It was also frequently visited by Acorn Woodpeckers. I had the pleasure to share this experience with newly budded photographer and my oldest daughter, Jocelyn.
Just two weeks later, the newly fallen sentinel lies buried under a fresh covering of snow. It still serves as habitat for the Acorn Woodpeckers that have inhabited and fed off of it for many years. It succumbed to the first major winter storm of December, 2012.
Location: Yosemite National Park, California, Cook’s Meadow, December, 2012. (D800E, D3S, 14-24, 200-400, 70-200, post in LR4 & CS6).