In January 2017 Yosemite Valley was anticipating a major flood event. Temperatures were predicted to rise following heavy snowfall, with rain falling at high elevation. I stayed in the valley, hoping to witness a once in a lifetime event. On the eve of the rain moving in, I waited for the approaching storm in Awahnee Meadow. I really thought this piece was not going to happen because Half Dome was simply too obscured by clouds. The clouds split at the perfect moment, fresh snow etched the northwest face of Half Dome, and all was framed in warm evening light.