A Fallen Friend (Cook’s Meadow – Yosemite Valley)

Cooks Meadow TreeUpright Tree Woodpecker

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.

Acorn Woodpecker - Yosemite

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.

Cook's Meadow

Location: Yosemite National Park, California, Cook’s Meadow, December, 2012. (D800E, D3S, 14-24, 200-400, 70-200, post in LR4 & CS6).

Category(s): Acorn Woodpecker, Birds, Landscape, Wildlife, Yosemite
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2 Responses to A Fallen Friend (Cook’s Meadow – Yosemite Valley)

  1. It is nice to see this photographer back on line, he was sorely missed

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