This book may be considered as a photographic
introduction to the national parks and scenic monuments. It relates
more to photography in than of the areas so designated.
Fortunate he is who may see Mount McKinley against the summer
midnight sky, the lush fern forests of Kilauea, the white jubilance
of Yosemite's waters, and the somber rock and surf of Acadia
National Park. To record and interpret these qualities for others,
to brighten the drab moods of cities, and build horizons of the
spirit on the edge of plain and desert -- these are some of the
obligations of art. The grandeurs and intimacies of nature as
presented here will, I hope, encourage the spectator to seek
for himself the inexhaustible sources of beauty in the natural
world about him.
In the short text I express
opinions developed over many years. After more than forty years'
close association with the parks and the conservation movement
I am more aware than I expected to be of the problems of the
public, the government administrator, the public-service operators,
and the conservationists.
I am naturally pleased that
the Sierra Club should wish to add this book to its distinguished
list, and the club should choose to do so now, when in the conflict
over how and by whom certain lands should be administered, the
very quality which is the integrity of these places may be lost
in the dust of battle.