El Capitan is the largest exposed granite monolith in the world. The dramatic glaciers of the last Ice Age sculpted Yosemite Valley into some of the most dramatic vistas found in America.
No two days are seen exactly the same on El Capitan. Unforseen patches of fog, or light, or color, all play a part in creating a photograph of special qualities.
This image was created early on a winter morning, after snowshoeing to a spot where the light would fall on the great cliff, creating a site of unique beauty.