Yosemite Meditations: Band of light on El Capitan

All photos: Michael Frye

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, which set aside the first portion of the park for future generations and paved the way for the creation of the revered U.S. National Park System.

One of the best ways to celebrate our first national park is to visit it yourself, but for all the armchair travelers out there, there's "Yosemite Meditations."

This pocket-sized book is filled with the stunning work of professional landscape photographer Michael Frye as well as a collection of poignant quotes compiled and edited by Claudia Welsh and Steven P. Medley. First published by the Yosemite Conservancy in 2004, the 10th-anniversary edition features the inspiring words of celebrated writers, thinkers, scientists and passionate park admirers.

In the image above, a band of golden light strikes the side of El Capitan as a thick blanket of snow covers Yosemite.

Continue below for a small selection of other photos showcased in the book, and be sure to buy a copy to further experience the expansive beauty of Yosemite!

Yosemite Meditations: Coyote

Coyote

Yosemite Meditations:

Redbud and the wild and scenic Merced River

Yosemite Meditations: Spotted owlets

Spotted owlets

Yosemite Meditations: Moon rising between El Capitan and Half Dome from Tunnel View

Moon rising between El Capitan and Half Dome from Tunnel View

Yosemite Meditations: High country meadow and mule deer buck

High country meadow and mule deer buck

Yosemite Meditations: Steller's Jay

Steller's jay

Yosemite Meditations: Jeffrey pine snag and rising moon, Sentinel Dome

Jeffrey pine snag and rising moon, Sentinel Dome

Yosemite Meditations: Giant sequoias

Giant sequoias

Yosemite Meditations: Autumn Morning Mist

Autumn morning mist

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