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Ansel Adams

A Grove of Tamarack Pine, near Timber Line, from the portfolio Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras
1921-1923/printed 1927
gelatin silver print
9 7/8 x 11 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase. Used with permission of the Trustees of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All rights reserved.

Tamarack pines stand in groves welcoming travelers and photographers alike. These trees are a variety of larch often used by Native Americans as lodge poles. This photograph is also known as Lyell Fork Meadows, a title that locates it in Yosemite. With a softer focus than Adams’s subsequent work, this quiet, sun-dappled subject lends itself well to a narrower range of tonalities.