Nature and Environmental Book Reviews

Short List of Best Nature and Environmental Books

 

 

Planet Earth: Images of Nature Books

Have you noticed how the photos you took of a grand and scenic location from your last vacation look somehow small and diminished when you look at them at home? It turns out that nature and landscape photography is a sublime art, which only a few master. We’ve collected here our favorite nature photography books, those that combine beautiful landscapes, artful photography, accurate content and a conservation perspective.

Recommended Images of Nature Books

Africa Flying HighAfrica Flying High
Paolo Novaresio

This handsome, compact volume takes the reader on a memorable trip over Africa, giving you a rare glimpse of its spectacular, diverse landscapes and wildlife. Photographer Novaresio captured unparalleled pictures of animal herds, savannahs, deserts, and deep jungle - more than 550 color photographs in all. 2006, White Star


Andy GoldsworthyAndy Goldsworthy: Touching Nature: Special Edition
William Malpas

Famed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy makes "Earth art" out of, among other materials, stacks of rocks, or stalks tied together, or mud thrown into rivers or poppy petals wrapped around boulders. His art is a sensitive, intuitive response to nature, light, time, growth, the seasons and the Earth. 2007, Crescent Moon Publishing


Ansel AdamsAnsel Adams: Classic Images
Ansel Adams

These classic photographs were selected by the late Ansel Adams himself to be permanently representative of his work. Included are familiar scenic compositions like Moonrise, Hernandez and Half Dome, Yosemite, but there are also portraiture and closeups of patterns in nature. Alinder, director of Friends of Photography, chronicles Adams's life and describes the subtle tonalities that came to define the photographer's vision. 1986, Bulfinch


AntarcticaAntarctica: The Global Warning
Sebastian Copeland

Antarctica's environment today is a microcosm of the world environment's future: as endangered creatures, such as the chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, and albatrosses continue to face extinction, research scientists have concluded that this icy ecosystem serves as a final warning of impending environmental deterioration. Copeland's photographs have captured both the incredible beauty of this continent and the devastation that climate changes have wreaked upon it. 2007, Earth Aware Editions


ArchipelagoArchipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary
David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton

The photographers gained unprecedented access to these protected islands that are otherwise completely off-limits to people. With 300 stunning images, the book illustrates the spectacular diversity of the rare creatures of the remarkable ecosystem of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. 2005, National Geographic


The Book of CloudsThe Book of Clouds
John A. Day

See the sky as you never have before! Photographer and scientist John Day introduces the Earth's great skyscape with a spectacular portfolio of pictures, ranging from cottony-soft cumulus clouds to frightening, whirling funnels, as well as a number of optical effects, such as coronas and halos seen in the heavens above. Charts and text help the amateur cloudwatcher make sense of the drama unfolding overhead. 2005, Sterling


A Collaboration with Nature
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A Collaboration with Nature
Andy Goldsworthy

Scottish artist Andy Goldsworthy uses a seemingly infinite array of purely natural materials, from snow and ice to leaves, stone, and twigs in the creation of his one-of-a-kind sculptures. The delicate tensions and balance of his sculptural collaborations encourage a sharpened perception of the natural world. Ultimately the materials used to create each piece returned to their natural state, leaving no trace of the artwork's existence save for the stunning photos in this book. 1990, Harry N. Abrams

 

 

 


The DeepThe Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss
Claire Nouvian

Only five percent of the sea floor has been mapped, and scientists estimate that there are between ten million and thrity million species in the deep yet to be found by man. The ones that we do know are gloriously bizarre creatures that bear weird names such as Naked Sea Butterflies, Spook Fish, Pig Butt Worms, Glass Head Grenadiers, and Yeti Crabs. This stunning collection of color photos brings these deep-sea denizens alive. 2007, University of Chicago Press


Disappearing WorldDisappearing World: 101 of the Earth's Most Extraordinary and Endangered Places
Alonzo C. Addison

Disappearing World takes readers on a remarkable journey to the world's most extraordinary and endangered locations. Since 1972, sites of natural, historic, and cultural significance have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Although this designation offers some protection, these sites are still at risk today from both natural and man-made causes, such as earthquakes in Peru, civil strife in the Congo, and unsustainable tourism in Cambodia. Disappearing World uncovers the dramatic stories behind 101 of the most remarkable and endangered sites from every corner of the world. 2008, Collins


Earth from AboveEarth from Above
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Ecology aims to give its practitioners an approach to understanding how whole natural systems - for example, watersheds, deserts, and estuaries - work. This remarkable collection of photographs affords its viewers a window into the world's workings, documenting the large-scale impact of human activities upon the earth. We see aerial views of large-scale logging, fans of algae spreading into the Mediterranean Sea, farmers working their fields in Northern India, destroyed Iraqi tanks littering the deserts of Kuwait. A bracing and beautiful book. 2005, Harry N. Abrams


Earth NowEarth Now: American Photographers and the Environment
Katherine Ware

This book traces the development of environmental photography beginning with Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and others, and the next generation of landscape photographers, whose works confronted the issues of landscape and the environment in less idealized terms. Shifting from the historical framework, the book presents new work by twenty-three photographers working in the U.S., the next wave of artists using the camera to engage the environmental issues of the day. This is a powerful commentary on global environmental issues as seen through the lens of the newest wave of environmental photographers. 2011, Museum of New Mexico Press


The Eternal SeaThe Eternal Sea
Christian Buchet and Philip Plisson

Photographer Plisson honors the sea through his spectacular vistas of ocean and sky as well as coastal landscapes that are fantastic, inviting, and forbidding. The photographs are precise in detail yet painterly in mood. This gorgeous book also delineates with bracing specificity the realities of worsening marine pollution and increasingly imperiled marine life. 2006, Harry N. Abrams


Eyes over AfricaEyes over Africa
Michael Poliza

In 2006, to fulfill a long-held dream, acclaimed photographer Michael Poliza undertook a helicopter journey across Africa. Skimming close to the ground, he flew over 19 countries. Poliza's alluring--and often surprising--photographs share this exceptional journey with the world. With a bird's-eye view, we witness the astounding beauty, scale and diversity of this imposing continent. The accompanying text gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the photographs and background information on the locations viewed. 2007, Te Neues Publishing


GalapagosGalapagos: The Islands that Changed the World
Paul D. Stewart

This group of volcanic islands lying along the equator in the Pacific are famous for their rare species of fauna and flora. This definitive book describes the geological history of the island group, then turns to human history, describing how Charles Darwin saw these islands as a storehouse of biological riches and triggered a revolution of scientific thought. Magnificent color photographs document the Galapagos' rugged beauty, and portray its wild inhabitants: giant tortoises, iguanas, flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, ghost crabs, and more. 2007, Yale University Press


The Grand Canyon and the SouthwestThe Grand Canyon and the Southwest
Ansel Adams

The magnificent landscape of the Southwest was the favoured subject of Ansel Adams, and he visited the region frequently throughout his life. Included here are a selection of Adams’ iconic images of the Southwest as well as some less well known works ranging from the Rio Grande in Texas to Death Valley in California. His photographs of the Grand Canyon are a particular focus of the book. The pictures are complemented by an introduction by Andrea Stillman and a selection of Adams’ vivid letters about the region. 2000, Bulfinch


Great Barrier ReefGreat Barrier Reef
David Doubilet

Veteran underwater photographer Doubilet has photographed the entire 1250-mile length of Australia's immense and spectacular Great Barrier Reef. This book features 125 remarkable photographs with accompanying essays that capture the complex web of life along Earth's greatest reef. 2002, National Geographic


Here on Earth
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Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet
Tim Flannery

Beginning at the moment of creation with the Big Bang, Here on Earth explores the evolution of Earth from a galactic cloud of dust and gas to a planet with a metallic core and early signs of life within a billion years of being created. Flannery describes the formation of the Earth’s crust and atmosphere, as well as the transformation of the planet’s oceans from toxic brews of metals to life-sustaining bodies covering 70 percent of the planet’s surface. Flannery then turns to the fascinating story of the evolution of our own species. Drawing on Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Russell Wallace’s theories of evolution and Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, Here on Earth is a dazzling account of life on our planet.
2011, Atlantic Monthly Press


HispaniolaHispaniola: A Photographic Journey through Island Biodiversity
Eladio Fernández, Timothy J. Baroni, Brian Farrell, Ricardo García

A short flight from the Florida coast, Hispaniola offers unique opportunities to evolutionary biologists. At 40 million years, Hispaniola is far older than the Galapagos. Its considerable age, along with the diversity of its habitats makes this island one of the most spectacular troves of biota on the planet. This extraordinary richness of species is showcased here in nearly 400 photographs, accompanied by essays by the experts who know them best. 2007, Belknap Press; Bilingual edition


James Cameron's Aliens of the DeepJames Cameron's Aliens of the Deep: Voyages to the Strange World of the Deep Ocean
Joe Macinnis

Acadamy Award-winning film maker, James Cameron, and scientist, Joe Macinnis, collaborate to take readers miles below the sea to hydrothermal vents where super-heated water flows from the earth's crust into the cold deep ocean. These vents are surprising oases of life, unknown until 1970 and still largely unexplored. Stunning photographs of undersea creatures are accompanied by an illuminating text. 2005, National Geographic


LifeLife: A Journey Through Time
Frans Lanting

In the year 2000, world-renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting set out to photograph the evolution of life on Earth. The resulting volume is a glorious picture book of the planet, depicting the amazing biodiversity that surrounds us. From crabs to jellyfish, diatoms to vast geological formations, jungles to flowers, monkeys to human embryos, Life is a testament to the magical beauty of life in all its forms. 2006, Taschen


Mother EarthMother Earth: Through the Eyes of Women Photographers and Writers
Judith Boyce, editor

Editor Boyce has combined the spectacular color photographs of 35 women photographers with the works of writers such as Rachel Carson, Isak Dinesen and Alice Walker to produce a superb anthology celebrating Mother Earth through the perspective of women. The book is divided into five sections: mineral, plant, animal, human, and the realm of oneness where all elements meet. "This book is meant to sharpen your vision, adjust the radar of your heart, and inspire you to look afresh at the world." 2002, Sierra Club Books


Mountain LightMountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape
Galen A. Rowell

Rowell is preeminent among photographers of mountains. His creations carry extraordinary visual impact: the affinity for light that marks his personal vision is supported by superb technical achievement. An accomplished climber, he photographs some of the world's most remote landscapes. This book presents 80 of Rowell's favorite photographs, with accompanying descriptions of the circumstances which surrounded the making of each image. Magical. 2011, Sierra Club Books; 25th Anniversary Edition


Mountains: MasterworksMountains: Masterworks of the Living Earth
Paul Tappoinier and Kevin Kling

Keepers of legend, mountains are regarded with awe and admiration by every culture. In this fascinating book, a geologist and a nature photographer provide a tour of the world's most spectacular mountain ranges, revealing their origins and tracing their natural histories. The book's incisive text reveals the secrets of a mountain's birth, its endurance against erosive elements, and its march towards an inevitable demise. Illustrated with breathtaking photographs. 2006, Harry N. Abrams


National Geographic Almanac of GeographyNational Geographic Almanac of Geography

This valuable reference work provides an answer for every geographic question, from the history of map making to the migration of people around the world to topics such as environmental hazards and cultural identity. Over 200 illustrations. 2005, National Geographic


The Natural WorldThe Natural World
Thomas D. Mangelsen and Jane Goodall

Master nature photographer Mangelsen's images encompass Earth's iconic wild places while exposing some of the lesser-known landscapes of our planet. The photographs span six continents and range from the northern - to the southern-most extremes of the Earth, and capturing a range of wonders - from the wildebeest migration of the Serengeti, to polar bears on the stark landscape of Hudson Bay. 2010, Universe


North America the BeautifulNorth America the Beautiful
Galen Rowell

In this awe-inspiring volume, award-winning nature photographer Galen Rowell takes us on an unforgettable photographic tour of North America, evoking the remarkable diversity of this continent's varied ecosystems. Through Rowell's inspired lens, we see the gorgeous fluted walls of Antelope Canyon in Arizona; the full moon sinking behind the craggy peaks of the Sierra Nevada; an Alaskan brown bear poised to snap up an airborne salmon; and a flock of California seagulls gilded by the rays of the setting sun. 2010, JG Press


OceanOcean
Robert Dinwiddie

This magnificient volume encourages eyes, mind and spirit to attend more closely to the fragile otherworld of the ocean. Crafted by devoted scientists and visual artists, Ocean offers page after page of stunning images and vital information. 2008, DK Adult


Ocean: An Illustrated AtlasOcean: An Illustrated Atlas
Sylvia A. Earle and Linda K. Glover

This new atlas immerses readers in the wonders of the deep through more than 250 up-to-the-minute maps, photographs, and satellite images. The accessible text lays out key concepts, points of interest, and little known facts, opening our eyes to living phenomena from giant squid to tiny microbial bodies. Astonishing full-color photographs and diagrams reveal the beauty and complexity of ocean life. Unprecedented new full spread maps of the ocean floor -— hand-drawn by expert cartographers -— reveal the five major oceans in astonishing detail. An unequaled resource for both education and entertainment, Ocean also explores the progress of fascinating technologies that will help scientists discover uncharted regions and life-forms. 2008, National Geographic


OceansOceans
Sue Hostetler, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Vicki Goldberg and Robert Redford

To pay tribute to the beauty of the ocean and to celebrate the artists that have captured its many extraordinary aspects, photography editor Hostetler has compiled work from 80 of the most prominent contemporary photographers. This unique and stunning volume features contributions by renowned photography critic Vicki Goldberg and environmentalists Jean-Michel Cousteau and Robert Redford. 2002, Rizzoli International


One Planet
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One Planet: A Celebration of Biodiversity
Nicolas Hulot

Text and photographs of eight ecosystems - oceans, deserts, grasslands, polar regions, wetlands, mountains, forests, and cities - portray the beauty of the natural world as well as images of its destruction. This splendid and bracing global overview summons up a renewed sense of connection and commitment to the planet. 2006, Harry N. Abrams

 


Our Magnificent WildernessOur Magnificent Wilderness: Forty of the World's Most Beautiful Places Selected by UNESCO
Claes Grundsten

Our Magnificent Wilderness is a stunning celebration of forty UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites – wilderness areas selected by the United Nations as warranting exceptional protection and conservation. The book combines brilliant color photography with the insights of two acclaimed naturalists. 2002, The Lyons Press


Pacific IslandsPacific Islands: Myths and Wonders of the Southern Seas
Marco Moretti

Stories and magnificent images trace the roots of the first Western navigators among the wonders of the Southern seas. The reader visits blue lagoons, volcanic islands covered with steaming jungles, and strips of white sand nestled between banks of coral. Covers the entire region from Hawaii to Tahiti, Samoa, New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. 2004, White Star


PassagePassage
Andy Goldsworthy

Sculptor Goldsworthy is an artist who works with nature in nature. He creates astonishingly subtle, emphemeral, seemingly impossible, and elegantly mysterious works out of stone, sticks, leaves, stalks, ice, and sand, constructions vulnerable to sun, wind, storms, tides, and time. Magical and exquisite, Goldsworthy's sculptures move us to look more carefully at the world around us and consider more deeply our place within the fine mesh of life. 2004, Harry N. Abrams


Photographs of the SouthwestPhotographs of the Southwest
Ansel Adams

Adams' mastery of the camera and the art of making prints is such that even in black-and-white, his pictures sparkle with luminosity. Photographs is more than a book about the Southwest; it's a book about how to see nature and the world around us. Adams’ pictures of cacti, aspens, rocks and adobe structures are evocative, stirring the reader to look again and more closely at one’s surroundings, to appreciate the beauty of detail even in simple settings. 1994, Bulfinch


Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It BeforePlanet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before
Alastair Fothergill

This gorgeous coffee-table book takes you on a kaleidoscopic tour of the flora, fauna and natural history of the Earth's poles, forests, plains, deserts, mountains and oceans. Jaw-dropping photographs reveal the astonishing variety of geology and life around the globe, from Antarctica to the Andes Mountains, the Gobi Desert, the Ethiopian Highlands, the caves of Mexico, Siberia's Lake Baikal and the Ganges Rivera Delta. This is the companion volume to the BBC series Planet Earth. 2007, University of California Press


Planet Earth: The Making of an EpicPlanet Earth: The Making of an Epic Series
David Nicolson-Lord

This book tells the dramatic tale of the effort that went into producing the BBC series Planet Earth. Producers and camera crews traveled to every corner of the world, from the highest mountains to the lowest depths, using every kind of craft and technololgical wizardry imaginable, from helicopters and submersibles to satellites and remote cameras, to capture the amazing images and footage shown in Planet Earth. 2007, BBC Books


Planet OceanPlanet Ocean: Voyage to the Heart of the Marine Realm
Laurent Ballesta and Pierre Descamp

Spanning the vast range of earth's marine environments, from Greenland to the Polynesian Islands, Planet Ocean reveals hidden landscapes of unsurpassed beauty and awe. With engaging text and more than 400 photographs Ballesta and Descamp lead readers on a compelling voyage of discovery. More than 25 essays from leading scientists highlight topics such as aquaculture and global warming, helping readers understand the threats that weigh on the oceans and why we must protect the incredible diversity of plants and animals there. 2007, National Geographic


QuarriesQuarries
Edward Burtynsky

Celebrated photographer Burtynsky here documents the world's major quarries - in Canada, Italy, China, Spain, Portugal, India and America. Quarries are a crucial source for material that goes into the buildings we construct as well as tangible evidence of our ongoing dependence on the Earth's resources. Somewhere a building is being created while landscape is being destroyed. Burtynsky's images of these plundered landscapes are simultaneously beautiful and disquieting. 2007, Steidl


RainforestRainforest
Thomas Marent

In this evocative work of dazzling photographs, each inhabitant of the rainforest becomes memorable for its clever camouflage, ingenious coexistence with the other species of this fragile world, or even its sheer size, in the case of the 42-inch wide Rafflesia flower. An invaluable survey of the rainforest's abundance and diversity of life. 2010, DK Publishing



Rare EarthRare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe
Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee

Renowned paleontologist Ward, and Brownlee, a noted astronomer, present a startling new hypothesis: bacterial life forms may be in many galaxies, but complex life forms, like those that have evolved on Earth, are rare in the universe. They attribute Earth's evolutionary achievements to the following critical factors: our optimal distance from the sun, the positive effects of the moon's gravity on our climate, plate tectonics and continental drift, the right types of metals and elements, ample liquid water, maintenance of the correct amount of internal heat to keep surface temperatures within a habitable range, and a gaseous planet the size of Jupiter to shield Earth from catastrophic meteoric bombardment. Arguing that complex life is a rare event in the universe, this compelling book magnifies the significance and tragedy of species extinction. 2003, Springer


Rivers of AmericaRivers of America
Tim Palmer

The author presents 200 awe-inspiring photographs of American rivers in all seasons and moods in every region of the country. Deliberately focusing on natural and unspoiled waterways, Palmer has taken breath-taking shots that capture the motion, power, and vitality of flowing water as well as framing the grace of the grasses, trees, and animals that depend on streams great and small. A wonderful journey across America. 2006, Harry N. Abrams


The Self-Made TapestryThe Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature
Philip Ball

This deep, beautiful exploration of the recurring patterns that we find both in the living and inanimate worlds will change how you think about everything from evolution to earthquakes. Not by any means a simple book, it is still completely engaging with Ball's bright prose and his hundreds of carefully selected illustrations. The photographs showcase the elegance of nature as laid out in zebras' stripes, ivy leaves, and butterfly wings. How astonishing to find the same patterns at work in the clouds of Jupiter and the cracks in the San Andreas fault: this gives strength to the feeling that there are self-composing structures that guide everything in the universe toward a kind of order. 2001, Oxford University Press


Terra AntarcticaTerra Antarctica: Looking into the Emptiest Continent
William L. Fox

The environment of Antarctica, "the largest and most extreme desert on Earth," is so foreign to our visual expectations that we are almost unable to perceive it. For Fox it is an ideal location for examining the connection between cognition and extreme landscapes. In this insightful book, he chronicles his Antarctic sojourn during the austral summer of 2001–2002, recording his impressions of the landscape and the people who live at McMurdo Station on Ross Island and at Pole, a newer station a few hundred feet away from the South Pole. 2007, Shoemaker & Hoard


Vanishing WorldVanishing World: The Endangered Arctic
Fredrik Granath and Mireille de la Lez

Vanishing World is an unprecedented visual record of life in the Arctic. This book is both a celebration of the wildlife that inhabits this harsh and unforgiving climate and the cautionary tale of global warming. Set against a dramatic landscape of ice floes and ragged mountains, readers will see the polar bears, foxes, seals, walruses and reindeers who now struggle to live in this vulnerable climate. A moving book. 2007, Harry N. Abrams


VolcanoesVolcanoes
Jacques Durieux and Philippe Bourseiller

In this spectacular volume award-winning Philippe Bourseiller documents the awesome power and devastating aftermath of volcanoes. More than 170 full color double-page spreads, including satellite photos, depict the dramatic outbursts of active volcanoes and images of red hot oceans and rivers of fire, massive craters and islands formed from molten rock, and silt-coated towns struggling to cope with chaos. The text incorporates the latest scientific information about volcanoes, including predicting volcanic events. 2002, Harry N. Abrams


WavesWaves
Steve Hawk

Any ocean lover knows the transformative power of the ocean wave and its perfect confluence of energy, water, and light. Waves offers a mesmerizing collection of photography that explores the many faces of the singular ocean wave, whether it is the quiet rush of a crystalline wavelet over tropical sand or the deadly slam of storm surf against Oregon cliffs. The book includes insightful ruminations on the science and poetry of waves. 2005, Chronicle Books


White ParadiseWhite Paradise: Journeys to the North Pole
Francis Latreille

Photographer Latreille gorgeously confirms, in the spectacular images in this volume, the common wisdom that the Far North is as beautiful as it is harsh. The low angle of the sun's rays, the vast white backdrops of snow and ice, and the clarity of the atmosphere, dehydrated by the cold, seem to intensify color as at no other place on the earth. The book covers the growing threat of global warming and documents the melting of the North Pole's ice fields and gradual diminishing of its massive glaciers. 2006, Harry N. Abrams


Wide AngleWide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places
Ferdinand Protzman

Spanning the world, from Northeast Europe to Southeast Asia, these 260 photos offer a spectacular view of regions of unimaginable, often haunting beauty. This book is large: in format, in scope, in pages, and in its effect on the reader. The entire globe is the book's purview - all continents in every imaginable setting, from sunflowers on Mount Fuji to koala bears in Australia, from a herd of zebras in Kenya to women in a field in Yemen. A lovely book! 2011, National Geographic


Wind: How the flow of Air has shaped life, myth, and the landWind: How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land
Jan DeBlieu

DeBlieu says of the wind: "Few other forces have so universally shaped the diverse terrains and waters of the Earth or the plants and animals scattered through them." In Wind she uses her powers of observation and lyrical writing to beautifully communicate the windy myths and stories of cultures worldwide, the hardcore science of air movements and meteorology, and engaging stories of people whose lives are forever changed by hurricanes, typhoons and tornadoes.
John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing 1998
2006, Shoemaker & Hoard


Wondrous ColdWondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey
Joan Myers

Antarctica is a land of extremes: coldest, windiest, highest, driest. Photographer Joan Myers' exquisite images of landscapes, wildlife, and the abandoned huts of early explorers are juxtaposed with glimpses of-the scientists who seek to understand Antarctica's past and future and the support staff who facilitate their work. Her journal entries provide a warm introduction to the people and places of this harsh yet surprisingly fragile environment. Science-related sidebars, literary quotations, and excerpts from historic and contemporary sources contribute additional perspective on the world's most remote frontier. 2006, Smithsonian Books


 Yosemite and the High SierraYosemite and the High Sierra
Ansel Adams

For sixty years, Ansel Adams photographed among the great peaks of Yosemite National Park and the High Sierra range - the "range of light." Inspired by their grandeur, their wildness, and their primeval mystery, he made photographs that were to become the icons of America's national park ethic. His reverence for these places fueled his commitment to environmental activism. Alive with anecdote and insight, his writings serve as backdrop for the images, and John Szarkowski's introduction provides testimony to the enduring impact of Adams' Yosemite vision. 1994, Bulfinch

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