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This delightful little book provides the ideal pause for contemplating the special qualities and values of Yosemite National Park, as well as other parks and wilderness. Each dazzling full-color photograph, many of them new for this tenth anniversary edition, is paired with an original quote or newly selected classic quote about nature, the environment, or America's national parks. Includes a new foreword by former Yosemite National Park superintendent Mike Tollefson and the insights of writers, scientists, poets, and leaders such as: David Brower Gary Snyder Rachel Carson Bernard Devoto John Muir Albert Einstein Diane Ackerman Terry Tempest Williams Edward Abbey Franklin D. Roosevelt Fyodor Dostoevsky Cedric Wright Marcel Proust Shelton Johnson Julia Parker Pete Hamill Sir John Lubbock Dayton Duncan Robinson Jeffers Margaret Eissler Wallace Stegner Ralph Waldo Emerson Henry David Thoreau Baba Dioum Margaret Murie Rainer Maria Rilke
Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He has contributed to books about Yosemite, as well as articles about photography in publications worldwide. He lived in Yosemite National Park for many years and maintains the Michael Frye Photography studio in nearby Mariposa, CA.
Claudia Welsh lived in Yosemite for 25 years, spending most of that time as a buyer and manager of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Claudia Welsh still lives near the park, in Mariposa, CA, where she works with Frye, her husband.
Steven P. Medley (1949 - 2006) was the long-time president of the Yosemite Association.