Ansel Adams met his future wife through his love of music, and although people told him to stick with his music career, he obviously didn’t end up doing that. In 1927, he hiked down to the diving board, which is a part of Half Dome. He took along a camera and 12 negative glass plates. Once he arrived, he photographed Monolith, which is the Face of Half dome, and that photograph is one of the most famous in existence of Yosemite Valley. As he was taking the photos, he could picture how they would turn out, which made him appreciate photography in a whole new light than he ever had before.

In 1936, Ansel’s dreams came true when his wife’s father passed away, leaving the studio and home that he owned in Yosemite Valley to Ansel and his wife Virginia. For three decades, the couple lived in this home, as Ansel practiced his photography and his wife ran her father’s studio in Yosemite. Yosemite Park was home to Ansel Adams, and the park service hired him a number of times to photograph events and visitors for brochures and other uses. His favorite job, though, was going out on his own and taking photos of the beauty of the valley, which he could then enjoy, reprint for friends and family, and sell for an income if necessary.

Because of Adam’s love of nature and skill at photography we can now experience the old world of Yosemite National Park as he experienced it during the first part of the 20th century.


One Response to “Ansel Adams Enjoys Yosemite National Park”

  1. Ronnie says:

    Half Dome. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village. Bridalveil Fall. From those landmarks and beyond, Yosemite Park is one of the most magnificent spectacles in all of nature. With more than 1,000 square miles of trees, hiking, rivers, and lakes, Yosemite Valley offers one of the most unique and tranquil experiences you could possibly imagine. Enjoy a relaxing stroll past spectacular views, your single-day Yosemite vacation is designed to show you the best of the park and its surroundings.

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