A visual feast, Robb Hirsch’s photography explores every facet of Yosemite, from the intimate to the epic, in every mood and season. Hirsch, a scientist as well as a photographer, is an apt tour guide through one of our state’s greatest treasures, and his beautiful images are accompanied by essays on rivers, geology, bird diversity, wildflowers, and more.— Katherine
Yosemite is like nowhere else on Earth.Within its vast expanses are spectacular granite mountains, glacially carved valleys, thundering waterfalls, delicate meadows, grand trees, and charismatic wildlife. From his years of exploring and studying California's Sierra Nevada, Robb knows that understanding natural processes can thoroughly enhance a visitor's connection to the landscape.
In this book, Robb provides that enriching experience by calling on experts to contribute insights into the natural wonders on view. The images and essays work together to draw readers into a deeper relationship with their favorite national park.
The book features essays by these Sierra Nevada luminaries:
John Muir Laws, on "Wonder, Beauty, and Nature"
Tim Palmer, on rivers
Greg Stock, on geology
James McGrew, on the role of art in Yosemite
Brock Dolman, on the water cycle
Sarah Stock, on bird diversity
Rob Grasso, on the Yosemite toad
Kurt Menning, on fire ecology
Beth Pratt, on pikas Dan Webster, on wildflowers
Karen Amstutz, on Tuolumne Meadows
Nathan Stephenson, on giant sequoias
Adonia Ripple, on the importance of Yosemite
Pete Devine, on the remarkable properties of leaves
Robb's passion is the ongoing search for the "Wow " that can be found in every acre of Yosemite National Park--and that passion comes through in each of his photographs. The result is a breathtaking book that will dazzle, enlighten, and inspire a deep appreciation for the nature of Yosemite.