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Yosemite Photographer Captures Tuolumne In Pictures

Photographer Ryan Alonzo spends as much time as possible in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows. This isn’t easy; Tuolumne is closed to visitors up to half the year due to snow.

Now, Alonzo’s new book, Tuolumne in Pictures — published to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park — is the next best thing to being there.

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.

Tuolumne in Pictures is one of a kind in a crowded field; no other photography book focuses solely on this magical region high up in California’s Sierra Nevada.

The book is organized around the natural elements that make up Tuolumne: meadow, flora, sky, water, and rock. The vibrant photographs in this fresh, affordable collection are accompanied by key information that visitors who make it there — and those who dream to do so — will want to know.

Tuolumne Meadows is like a secret; only a portion of Yosemite’s nearly four million visitors per year venture into its high country. But all can enjoy it. 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.

About the photographer

Ryan Alonzo - photo Yosemite ConservancyRyan Alonzo has been working in Yosemite for more than 10 years. It was the incredible beauty and grandeur of Yosemite National Park that first inspired him to pick up a camera.

His photography has since been published in the United States and internationally, and last year Yosemite Conservancy released Yosemite in Pictures, the companion volume to Tuolumne in Pictures. He currently spends his summers in Yosemite and winters traveling and exploring the world.

About Yosemite Conservancy

Through the support of donors, Yosemite Conservancy provides grants and support to Yosemite National Park to help preserve and protect Yosemite today and for future generations.

Work funded by the Conservancy is visible throughout the park, in trail rehabilitation, wildlife protection and habitat restoration. The Conservancy is also dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience and providing a deeper connection to the park through outdoor programs, volunteering, wilderness services and its bookstores.

Thanks to dedicated supporters, the Conservancy has provided $92 million in grants to Yosemite National Park. Learn more at or call 1-800-469-7275.

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