Breathtaking Yosemite Photos

In an excerpt from his new book, photographer Ryan Alonzo captures the splendor of Tuolumne Meadows.

These stunning images are excerpted from Tuolumne in Pictures, by photographer Ryan Alonzo, published by the Yosemite Conservancy, an organization that provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations. Evidence of both Nature’s power and its delicate touch is abundant in Tuolumne. Granite domes polished by glaciers loom over lush meadows dotted with wild flowers; stormy skies clear over quietly grazing mule deer. The growing season at 8,600 feet in elevation is fleeting and some vistas are downright challenging to reach, which makes capturing it with a camera all the more special—and rare. It was in Tuolumne Meadows that renowned conservationist John Muir camped and dreamed of creating a national park, and now, 125 years later, we can be proud to celebrate this national legacy. By honoring this magical place, Tuolumne in Pictures preserves its ethereal beauty for future generations.

All photos © Ryan Alonzo, from Tuolumne in Pictures, published by Yosemite Conservancy. Available wherever books are sold.