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This breathtaking photo, taken in 1946, becomes & # 39; Tenaya Lake, Mount Conness & # 39; mentioned. The summit of the Sierra Nevada peak is at a staggering 12,590 ft above sea level. Photograph by Ansel Adams

Rare vintage photos taken by legendary photographer Ansel Adams show the stunning majesty of Yosemite National Park

  • Striking photos made between the 1930s and 1960s appear in the new book Ansel Adams & # 39; Yosemite
  • The stunning images are arranged in an order that Adams had selected before his death in 1984
  • Scenes include Lake Tenaya, the mighty cathedral rocks and the incredible rock formation in the Half Dome
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Yosemite is one of America & # 39; s most beloved national parks – and Ansel Adams is one of America & # 39; s most celebrated photographers.

So the recently released book Ansel Adams & # 39; Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints is really something to cherish.

This beautifully edited book contains rare images that were taken by the acclaimed photographer in the national park between the 1930s and 1960s. The breathtaking photographs are arranged in an order selected by Adams before he died in 1984 and are never published in book form.

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They include photos of the amazing Lake Tenaya, the mighty Cathedral Rocks, beautiful Yosemite Falls and the incredible rock formation in Half Dome.

Pete Souza, the official photographer of the White House of President Obama, has written the preface to the book. He said: & # 39; Ansel's photos are forever embedded in my thoughts, a constant, unconscious inspiration in the composition of who I am as a photographer and how I do what I do. In the mainly color world of photography online today, his images stand out more than ever. & # 39;

Scroll down to be transported back in time – and to one of the most beautiful landscapes in the US …

This breathtaking photo, taken in 1946, becomes & # 39; Tenaya Lake, Mount Conness & # 39; mentioned. The summit of the Sierra Nevada peak is at a staggering 12,590 ft above sea level. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This breathtaking photo, taken in 1946, becomes & # 39; Tenaya Lake, Mount Conness & # 39; mentioned. The summit of the Sierra Nevada peak is at a staggering 12,590 ft above sea level. Photograph by Ansel Adams

Bridalveil Fall, 1927. Photo by Ansel Adams

Bridalveil Fall, 1927. Photo by Ansel Adams

El Capitan, Sunrise, 1956. Photo by Ansel Adams

El Capitan, Sunrise, 1956. Photo by Ansel Adams

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The image on the left is titled & # 39; Bridalveil Fall, 1927 & # 39 ;. Bridalveil Fall is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley, with water falling from a height of 617 ft. The image on the right is called & # 39; El Capitan, Sunrise, 1956 & # 39 ;. This amazing rock formation is 3000 feet high. Photos by Ansel Adams

This photo becomes & # 39; Merced River, Cliffs of Cathedral Rocks, Autumn, 1939 & # 39; and was captured on a cool morning from the west side of the El Capitan bridge. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This photo becomes & # 39; Merced River, Cliffs of Cathedral Rocks, Autumn, 1939 & # 39; and was captured on a cool morning from the west side of the El Capitan bridge. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This photo becomes & # 39; Merced River, Cliffs of Cathedral Rocks, Autumn, 1939 & # 39; and was captured on a cool morning from the west side of the El Capitan bridge. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This striking image is called & # 39; Cathedral Rocks, c. 1949 & # 39; . The rocks tower over the south side of the Yosemite valley. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This striking image is called & # 39; Cathedral Rocks, c. 1949 & # 39; . The rocks tower over the south side of the Yosemite valley. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This striking image is called & # 39; Cathedral Rocks, c. 1949 & # 39; . The rocks tower over the south side of the Yosemite valley. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This image becomes & # 39; Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, 1938 & # 39; mentioned. The 4737ft high granite rocks in the Half Dome are one of the characteristic geological features of the Yosemite National Park. Photograph by Ansel Adams
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This image becomes & # 39; Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, 1938 & # 39; mentioned. The 4737ft high granite rocks in the Half Dome are one of the characteristic geological features of the Yosemite National Park. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This image becomes & # 39; Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, 1938 & # 39; mentioned. The 4737ft high granite rocks in the Half Dome are one of the characteristic geological features of the Yosemite National Park. Photograph by Ansel Adams

Moon and Half Dome, 1960. Photo by Ansel Adams

Moon and Half Dome, 1960. Photo by Ansel Adams

El Capitan, Cliffs and Tree, Winter, c. 1940. Photo by Ansel Adams

El Capitan, Cliffs and Tree, Winter, c. 1940. Photo by Ansel Adams

The image on the left is called & # 39; Moon and Half Dome, 1960 & # 39 ;. The image on the right is titled & # 39; El Capitan, Cliffs and Tree, Winter, c. 1940 & # 39; . Photos by Ansel Adams

This fascinating image becomes & # 39; Forest Floor, 1950 & # 39; mentioned. Photograph by Ansel Adams
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This fascinating image becomes & # 39; Forest Floor, 1950 & # 39; mentioned. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This fascinating image becomes & # 39; Forest Floor, 1950 & # 39; mentioned. Photograph by Ansel Adams

& # 39; Early Morning, Merced River, 1950 & # 39; is the title of this beautiful shot. Photograph by Ansel Adams

& # 39; Early Morning, Merced River, 1950 & # 39; is the title of this beautiful shot. Photograph by Ansel Adams

& # 39; Early Morning, Merced River, 1950 & # 39; is the title of this beautiful shot. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This photo is called & # 39; Sequoia Roots, c. 1950 & # 39; . Giant sequoia & # 39; s are the most massive trees on earth and grow in three groves in Yosemite National Park - Mariposa, Tuolumne and Merced. Photograph by Ansel Adams

This photo is called & # 39; Sequoia Roots, c. 1950 & # 39; . Giant sequoia & # 39; s are the most massive trees on earth and grow in three groves in Yosemite National Park - Mariposa, Tuolumne and Merced. Photograph by Ansel Adams

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This photo is called & # 39; Sequoia Roots, c. 1950 & # 39; . Giant sequoia & # 39; s are the most massive trees on earth and grow in three groves in Yosemite National Park – Mariposa, Tuolumne and Merced. Photograph by Ansel Adams

& # 39; Trees, Illilouette Ridge, 1945 & # 39; is the title of this interesting shot. Photograph by Ansel Adams

& # 39; Trees, Illilouette Ridge, 1945 & # 39; is the title of this interesting shot. Photograph by Ansel Adams

& # 39; Trees, Illilouette Ridge, 1945 & # 39; is the title of this interesting shot. Photograph by Ansel Adams

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