These Black Oak trees grow all over Yosemite Valley. This set is
street from Yosemite Chapel. I tired getting a good shot of the trees from
the church parking lot but it turned out that the best picture was of the
warm Californian sun coming though the brightly colored leaves as filmed
from beneath the trees. The black oaks are a favorite of photographers
especially during the winter months due to the dark color of their trunks.
The largest grove (that I have found) sits right next to El Capitan where
people often sit with telescopes to photograph the rock climbers. These
trees can get massive but still look small against the sheer size of the
valley walls. I hope to revisit these trees in the near future.
© Darvin Atkeson