Synopses & Reviews
From the photographer who brought Thoreauand#39;s Walden and Cape Cod to life comes a new work combining classic literature with brand-new photography. This time, Scot Miller takes on the seminal work of John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra. The book details Muirand#39;s first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada in what is now Yosemite National Park, a landscape that entranced him immediately and had a profound effect on his life. The towering waterfalls, natural rock formations, and abundant plant and animal life helped Muir develop his views of the natural world, views that would eventually lead him to push for the creation of the national parks.
My First Summer in the Sierra is illustrated with Millerand#39;s stunning photographs, showcasing the dramatic landscape of the High Sierra plus John Muirand#39;s illustrations from the original edition and several previously unpublished illustrations from his 1911 manuscript. The publication of My First Summer in the Sierra inspired many to journey there, and this newly illustrated edition will surely inspire many more.
This book is being published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy and, for each copy sold, Scot Miller is making a donation to Yosemite Conservancy. My First Summer in the Sierra won the National Outdoor Book Award.
This beautifully printed paperback original collects Ansel Adams' finest images of the place closest to his heart, Yosemite National Park. "I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite", wrote Adams, who first visited the park at the age of fourteen and returned every year of his life thereafter. This new book presents the essence of Adams' long association with Yosemite: sixty-six memorable photographs of glacial lakes and craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls and granite monoliths, lone trees and sylvan streams. Here are Moon and Half Dome, Clearing Winter Storm, and El Capitan, Winter, Sunrise - images that have become veritable icons of the American wilderness. Selections from Adams' writings about the park and its environment, and an introductory essay that reveals the prescience of Adams' views on park management issues, enhance this majestic photographic portrait of Yosemite National Park by America's foremost landscape photographer.
An illustrated editon of John Muir's MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA.
About the Author
John Muir (1838-1914) was one of the most influential conservationists and nature writers in American history. He wasandnbsp;instrumental in the creation and passage of the National Parks Act, and founder ofandnbsp;the Sierra Club, acting as itsandnbsp;president until his death.andnbsp;Muir was a spirit so free that all he did to prepare for an expedition was to "throw some tea and bread into an old sack and jump the back fence." andnbsp;SCOT MILLER is a professional photographer whose photographs have appeared in numerous books and publications, including Walden: The 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic and Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic. Miller lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Marilyn, where they operate Sun to Moon Gallery, a fine art photography gallery.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns vii
I. Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep 1
II. In Camp on the North Fork of the Merced 20
III. A Bread Famine 49
IV. To the High Mountains 57
V. The Yosemite 76
VI. Mount Hoffman and Lake Tenaya 97
VII. A Strange Experience 117
VIII. The Mono Trail 130
IX. Bloody Caand#241;on and Mono Lake 143
X. The Tuolumne Camp 155
XI. Back to the Lowlands 170
A Statement from Yosemite Conservancy 181
Artistand#8217;s Statement 184
List of Illustrations 188