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Know the West

The heart of California, captured

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


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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