This image captures the flow of the Merced River and the movement of the clouds against the still backdrop of El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks. I made this image on Christmas morning, 2017, just prior to sunrise. Gentle light reflected off of the clouds and shuttled through the valley makes one final bounce off the river before meeting the viewer's eyes. I love this trail of light; I think it pulls one into the image. The gradient of motion in the clouds also draws my eye towards the source of the light, and the smooth metallic finish on the water's surface is mesmerizing. Overall, I think this image captures the calm motion that underlies the beautiful scene I witnessed that morning.