Ansel Adams made this image in 1948 using an 8" x 10" view camera. This
towering oak at the western fringe of El Capitan Meadow was among his
favorite subjects. Since Adams first photographed the tree, age has
taken its toll and it succumbed to fire in recent years. However, the
towering cliffs between Bridal Veil Fall and Cathedral Spires that lurk
in the mists behind the oak in this photograph remain as solid as ever.
The Sierra Club published "Oak Tree, Snowstorm" in 1948, along with 11
other photographs by Ansel Adams, in "Portfolio I." Later, Adams
selected it for his Museum Set Collection, a retrospective portfolio of
what he considered his strongest work, and it appeared in "Classic
Images," the book based on the Museum Set. The image is one of Adams'
icons, and has also been published in Ansel Adams Monograph (out of
print), the Portfolios of Ansel Adams, Yosemite and the High Sierra, and