Tutucanula - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite

Carleton Watkins1861

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

While the monumental facade of El Capitan looms in the background, a thin decaying trunk in the foreground demands the viewer's attention. In nature, where changes can occur in seconds or centuries, Carleton Watkins found the perfect subjects to convey a theme of transience versus permanence. The same decaying tree appears in this image and its pendant, River View--Down the Valley, which was taken in the same location with the camera directed about thirty degrees to the east.


  • Title: Tutucanula - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite
  • Creator: Carleton Watkins
  • Date Created: 1861
  • Location Created: Yosemite, California, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 40.6 × 51.3 cm (16 × 20 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 85.XM.361.8
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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