The great American photographer Ansel Adams is justly famous for his heroic mountain landscapes. He is also a consummate photographer of trees and forest woodland, creating stirring portraits of giant oaks in Yosemite Valley and capturing the shimmering beauty of an aspen grove in New Mexico. This book will present some fifty of Adams' finest photographs of trees - a wide range of imagery from towering redwood groves to flowering orchards; majestic pine forest to leafy deciduous woods; wood and bark details to gnarled tree stumps; close-ups of snow-laden branches to leaf patterns against the sky; and, of course, many a portrait of the mighty trees of the Sierra and the American West. Accompanying the images will be text and poetry excerpts from a variety of writers and observers, both contemporary and historic. Drawn from natural history essays, poems, journals, photographers' and critics' observations, this anthology approach will complement and expand upon the reverence and passion for the beauty of trees so apparent in Adams' photographs.
In a career that spanned five decades, Ansel Adams was America's foremost landscape photographer and one of its most ardent environmentalists. His work, ranging from intimate studies of nature to sweeping mountain vistas, has been published in a multitude of books, posters, and calendars.