The heart of California, captured

Robb Hirsch hopes his new book compels readers to act on the behalf of Yosemite National Park.

  • El Capitan and the Merced River in winter.

    Robb Hirsch
  • Grass growing in shallow pond.

    Robb Hirsch
  • Lupines bloom in a post fire landscape.

    Robb Hirsch
  • Lichen detail on granite.

    Robb Hirsch
  • The frozen Tuolumne River.

    Robb Hirsch
  • Fallen leaves on the Merced River.

    Robb Hirsch
  • Yosemite National Park, Calif.

    Robb Hirsch
  • Low mist in Dana Meadows.

    Robb Hirsch
  • A flowering bigleaf maple

    Robb Hirsch

 

The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey, a book of awe-inspiring photos by Robb Hirsch, offers a window into the art, science and history of Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada. Hirsch captures the park’s many wonders, both small and large, from the tiny orange-bellied newt to the granite siding of El Capitan rising 3,300 feet above a snow-covered landscape. The photos are humbling: Whether a devoted naturalist or a committed city-dweller, the viewer can’t help but be moved and inspired by these images. Along with teaching his readers about the ecological concepts, geological history and compelling species that encompass the heart of California, Hirsch hopes to compel them to act. “As powerful humans, we have the ability, privilege, and responsibility to act on behalf of nature,” writes John Muir Laws, a scientist and educator, in the foreword. “Nourish your heart in nature and let that love move you.” 

The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey 
by Robb Hirsch, 144 pages, hardcover: $35
Yosemite Conservancy, 2019

 

 

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