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On-sale September 10, 2019
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“The images in this book are a window, not just to the glory of Yosemite but to a way of seeing.”
—From the Foreword by JOHN MUIR LAWS, nationally renowned artist, naturalist, and educator

A Visual Journey
by Robb Hirsch
Foreword by John Muir Laws


Yosemite is like nowhere else on Earth. Whether venturing deep into the region’s wilderness or simply taking a few steps off a park road, Robb Hirsch, a photographer and scientist by training, always brings back a captivating photo—and the story behind it.

From his years of exploring, guiding, and studying the Sierra Nevada, Hirsch knows that understanding the natural processes underlying the magic of a place like Yosemite National Park can thoroughly enhance one’s connection to the landscape. Understanding leads to appreciation, and with greater appreciation of the natural world comes the desire—ever more urgent in light of today’s changing climate—to be better stewards of the land. 

In his debut book The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey, Hirsch provides this enriching experience by calling on knowledgeable collaborators—all experts in their fields—to contribute essays that share insights into the wonders on view in his photographs. Contributors include:

  • John Muir Laws, on wonder, beauty, and nature
  • Karen Amstutz, on Tuolumne Meadows
  • Pete Devine, on the remarkable properties of the leaves beneath our feet
  • Brock Dolman, on the water cycle
  • Rob Grasso, on the Yosemite toad
  • James McGrew, on the role of art in Yosemite
  • Kurt Menning, on fire ecology
  • Tim Palmer, on rivers
  • Beth Pratt, on pikas
  • Adonia Ripple, on the importance of Yosemite
  • Nathan Stephenson, on giant sequoias
  • Greg Stock, on geology
  • Sarah Stock, on bird diversity
  • Dan Webster, on wildflowers

Bound in a stunning volume designed to dazzle and delight, enlighten and entertain, The Nature of Yosemite not only draws readers into a deeper relationship with their favorite national park, but it also encourages a greater curiosity about the outdoors—wherever the reader may be.


Robb Hirsch lives with his wife, Regina, and son, Noah, in Groveland, California, where they founded Mountain Sage, a coffeehouse, art gallery, music venue, plant nursery, and garden. Robb’s images and more information can be found at, and he is @robbhirsch on Instagram.



The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey
by Robb Hirsch
Yosemite Conservancy | On-sale September 10, 2019
Hardcover: 978-1930238-91-67 | $35.00 | 144 pages
Full color photographs throughout; printed on recycled paper


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Above: “Clearing Spring Storm” from The Nature of Yosemite: A Visual Journey.


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