“Sunlit Spackled Black Oak Grove” tells the story of a windy winter storm. The snow plastered to the trunks was wind-driven from the west as the system pushed its way over the Sierra. This is also an image about what it feels like on a sunny winter afternoon in El Capitan Meadow. It celebrates the wonderful contrast of warm and cool hues that define Yosemite in winter. With the east-west orientation of Yosemite Valley, and the position of the sun in the winter sky, the southern cliffs only get sunlight at the very end of the day. The rest of the time, the southern wall serves as a dark background to place behind sunlit objects. A dark, blue background, that is. Contrast that with anything in the sun and one can feel the temperature difference. Finding objects that are already warm hues, such as the oak leaves amplifies the feeling.