Book Review:

Ansel Adams in Yosemite Valley: Celebrating the Park at 150

by Peter Galassi, with photographs by Ansel Adams (Little, Brown and Company, 204 pages, in stores)

January 4, 2015 / Review by ED GODFREY, The Oklahonman

From age 14, photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams (1902–1984) visited Yosemite Valley annually.

Adams once said: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

Yosemite National Park is one of the United States’ most scenic wilderness reserves.

In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act after it was passed by Congress. The act presented the state of California with two land tracts as a trust.

It was the first time the federal government designated wilderness land to be protected and used by the public.

“Unbeknownst to Abraham Lincoln and the others involved, it would set the foundation for national parks as we know them today,” said Yosemite National Park ranger Kari Cobb. read more