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LeConte Memorial Lodge

Artist in Wilderness

Half dome from Glacier Point, Photograph copyright Stephen Joseph

LeConte Memorial Lodge Committee and the Sierra Club is pleased to thank Stephen Joseph, who has served as our Artist in Wilderness since 2003. This program is an opportunity for a visiting artist to create a portfolio of work related to the mission of LeConte Memorial Lodge and its history and relation to the Sierra Club and Yosemite National Park.

Since the 2003 season Stephen Joseph has been our Artist in Wilderness. Stephen is a landscape and architectural photographer from Pleasant Hill, California. He has spent the past twenty years photographing Mount Diablo. From broad vistas looking out from the summit to tiny wildflowers, Stephen has captured the beauty and magnificence that is Diablo. His photographs are breathtaking. Stephen has also studied and photographed Yosemite Valley. His photograph of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point seen at the top of this page is magical.

For the last ten years Stephen has been working with various land trust organizations, helping them to capture on film the land they are trying to preserve. These include Save Mount Diablo, Muir Heritage Land Trust, Contra Costa County Agricultural Trust, and the South Livermore Valley Land Trust. We are pleased that he has turned his attention helping to protect the splendor of Yosemite National Park.

Culminating a two-year effort, Stephen Joseph, as the LeConte Memorial Lodge Artist in Wilderness, has digitally re-created, through the media of photography, the Wild Flower Show exhibited in LeConte Memorial Lodge in July, 1907. We are grateful for his contribution to this effort, which went on display in time for our Centennial celebration in July, 2004.

The Artist in Wilderness program at LeConte Memorial Lodge provides an opportunity for visitors to grow their interest in Yosemite National Park. The re-creation of the Wildflower Show of 1907 is one opportunity to better understand the wildflowers that thrive and/or are endangered in the Valley today.

Artists interested in future participation in the Arts in Wilderness program are invited to contact the LeConte Memorial Lodge Committee, Harold Wood:


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