“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.” So said Ansel Adams, who was born today, February 20, in 1902. Adams was given his first camera when he was 12, on a visit to Yosemite Valley, and much of his early work came under the aegis of his membership in the Sierra Club. This photograph of the Tetons and Snake River in Wyoming was made in 1941 when he was hired by the Department of Interior to capture images of national parks for a photo mural in department headquarters. The project was cut short by the attack on Pearl Harbor, but there are 226 extant images in the national archives. This image, one of his best known, was included with 114 other images on the Voyager spacecraft.


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