When words fail to capture the beauty of our environment, photographs leave nothing to chance.

A classic example is Ansel Adams’ oak tree sunrise photograph. First off, his depiction of beauty in its purest form, that is, black and white instantly draws your attention.

The rays piercing through the oak tree cast shadows on the ground in exquisite fashion.

Perhaps he is reminding us that the sun rises even in our darkest days, representing hope, a new dawn.

The oak tree on the other hand is an emblem of strength.

Combining these two aspects in a photograph while reminding us of the beauty around us in a single shot is world-class photography.

Ansel Adams wears many hats and he wears them well.

Oak Tree Sunrise is a gentle reminder of art that preceded us but whose significance is exquisitely timeless.