Ansel AdamsPine Forest in the Snow, Yosemite National Park, California
gelatin silver print
13 x 10 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jane and Arthur K. Mason. Used with permission of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All rights reserved.
Adams froze this moment just after a fresh snowfall and before the wind or sun had a chance to clear the loaded branches. The trees’ immense height and density fill nearly the entire photograph. No tracks break the serenity of the scene. Only the pattern of the snow against the still branches tells any story at all.