May 6, 2012


Carleton Watkins and the Photographs that saved Yosemite, 1861

In 1861 – only 10 years after it had been ‘discovered’ –

Carleton E Watkins wandered the Yosemite valley, with

camera equipment that weighed close to a tonne strapped to

his team of mules, and snapped the awesome images that

inspired Abraham Lincoln to secure the world’s first national

park. Here is a selection of those images by one of the

world’s earliest environmentalists.

(via glynnis)