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Photos from Galen Rowell's Sierra Nevada

Galen Rowell was that rarity among modern Americans: a man who belonged to a landscape. By the time of his death in a plane crash in August 2002, he had photographed and explored on seven continents plus the Arctic, and had become the premier adventure photographer of his era.

Assignments continued to take him to Africa, to Alaska, to the South Pacific, to remotest upcountry Tibet, yet it was with immense satisfaction that in 2000 he acquired a modest home in what he liked to call his "favorite place on earth" -- the Sierra Nevada of California. These photos, from Galen Rowell's Sierra Nevada, show the beauty and drama of the landscape to which Rowell belonged.

Peter Croft at Dawn on Grand Traverse of Evolution Peaks, High Sierra, 1997.

Moonrise at Sunset, Wheeler Crest, Eastern Sierra, 1972.

Winter in the Patriarch Grove, White Mountains, 1974.

Winter Dawn over Tufa Towers, Mono Lake, 1985.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1986.

Stormy Sunset over Evolution Lake, Kings Canyon National Park, 1997.

Twilight over Mount Tom from a Pond in Owens Valley, near Bishop, California, 200.

Wild Iris at Dawn, Bishop, California, 2001.

Snow-bent Aspen Trunks, South Fork of Bishop Creek Canyon, Eastern Sierra, 2001.

Fall Reflection in North Lake, Eastern Sierra, 2001.

Little Lake Valley, Eastern Sierra, 2001.

Cloudy Autumn Morning in Owens Valley, near Bishop, California, 2001.

Frosted Cottonwoods, Owens Valley, Eastern Sierra, 2001.

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