One picture is in the morning sun. The other is after the sun has moved off the deck. Just a couple different looks from a couple different times of day. The beauty of transparent material. This five year old deck off of Western Avenue near UCSC campus. It does get direct sun for about four hours per day. This was our first time washing and staining this particular deck. This is about what can be expected in terms of color using Redwood Tone-Biowash Natural Deck Oil.