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Yosemite : the grace & grandeur
Wuerthner, George.
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Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [2002]

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144 pages : chiefly color illustrations, map ; 29 cm.
Below the valley : southern Yosemite -- The incomparable Yosemite Valley -- The high country : Tuolumne Meadows and beyond.
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F868.Y6 W84 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Glaciers, waterfalls, hundreds of miles of trails, wildlife, thousands of species of plants, giant sequoias. Yosemite National Park boasts a variety of landscapes that attracts over three million visitors each year. This is a pictorial tribute to one of the oldest and beloved national parks. It not only presents outstanding colour photographs of the familiar Yosemite vistas (Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls), but also showcases the back-country areas (Tuolumne Meadows, Mount Dana and Dana Meadow, Tioga Pass). The substantial captions reflect author George Wuerthner's strong background in geology and natural history, and make this a well-rounded look at what makes the park so special. Chapters are divided geographically, with an emphasis on the Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows areas -- the most popular, highly visited areas of the park. This will be a treasured keepsake for visitors to this famous park.

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Library Journal Review

Few sights on Earth are more spectacular than the view from the parking lot at Yosemite National Park. There, spread before you, is a valley of incomparable beauty, a scene that is difficult to comprehend fully the geology, the waterfalls, and the mountains all combine to produce a picture of sublime tranquility. Perhaps it is heresy to state that a photographer has surpassed or even equaled Ansel Adams's stark black-and-white photographs of Yosemite, which have long been held up as the standard by which all other nature photos are judged, but in this beautiful pictorial guide, Wuerthner, himself a photographer and ecologist, certainly challenges the standard. Wuerthner goes beyond the typical tourist shots to present a panorama of Yosemite that only a gifted artist could capture. And while the photographs fully attest to the majesty as well as the fragility of this treasure, the text itself is also compelling. Wuerthner passionately argues against further development in or near the park, backing up his conservationist statements with an impressive knowledge of natural history. No matter how many books on Yosemite your library may already have, make room for this very special addition. Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Community Coll., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.