February 20 would have been Ansel Adams' 112th birthday, and we are celebrating by taking a moment to reflect on the photographer's singular ability to evoke the sacred power of Earth.
Renowned as a photographer and as an environmentalist, Adams' work manages to capture the magnificent power of nature, which is probably why his work has endured among the most beloved portfolios of American art.
Here are 5 of his stunning photographs, accompanied by quotes from the artist:
"Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter."
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
"Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world."
"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."
"The only things in my life that compatibly exist with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit."