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From time to time on our website, we are thrilled to offer collectors, friends and fellow art lovers, a chance to purchase two never-before-printed images by one of our distinguished Gallery artists at a discounted price, prior to its availability within the general market place.

With Winter continuing its gentle course in the Sierra, the sunlight crisp and low, and a new post government shutdown dawning (at least temporarily and hopefully for good), we are in the most euphoric of moods in Yosemite. To celebrate we are offering two prints by Keith Walklet: the seasonal "Backlit Pines, Bridalveil Fall, Winter," and the aptly named "Breaking Storm, Dawn, Yosemite Valley." While Keith's original prints normally sell in these sizes between $500 and $900, you can now add one to your private collection for 25% off the initial retail price. Each photograph is made by Mr. Walklet in his studio, printed to current archival standards, signed and numbered, as well as mounted, matted and ready for framing. The time to purchase will begin at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Monday, January 28th and will expire upon the close of business, Sunday, February 4th at 5:00 PM. Once the offer has expired, we anticipate an order fulfillment time of approximately four to six weeks to ensure the quality of each individual order. This inaugural printing offer is available for a very limited time, after which, the prints will return to full price.

Email our curator, Evan Russel, at evan@anseladams.com if you have any additional questions about the prints or shipping.

The Story of These Images

Breaking Storm, Dawn, Yosemite National Par

Captured early one day in 2016, “Breaking Storm, Dawn, Yosemite Valley” was one of those mornings when, aside from choosing to sleep in, it was impossible to make a wrong decision about where to be. Even so, this high perch overlooking the valley was perhaps the finest choice of the many options. From here, the morning sun backlit the mist that filled the valley, and trees and cliffs played hide and seek endlessly. The shifting clouds and sprinkling of trees communicate a wonderful sense of scale. I decided many times to stop recording more images of the scene, but then it would get even better, so I continued…and continued. It was a metaphor for the mysteries of the universe: Sudden clarity dissolving into hazy memories.

It was from a similar distance that John Muir famously underestimated the size of Bridalveil Fall when he first viewed it, stating , “'See that dainty little fall over there? I should like to camp at the foot of it to see the ferns and lilies that may be there. It looks small from here, only about fifteen or twenty feet, but it may be sixty or seventy.” Of course, it is over 600 feet high. But, Muir also famously made good on his plans to camp at its foot, when he and President Theodore Yosemite overnighted on the edge of Bridalveil Meadow in 1903. Their conversations over the course of that visit helped prompt the State of California to gift the oversight of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove to the federal government for inclusion in Yosemite National Park.

Backlit Trees, Bridalveil Fall, Winter, Yosemite

“Backlit Pines, Bridalveil Fall, Winter was made in the winter of 2009, which had the most extraordinary series of storms. During my Winter Light workshop, it snowed 6”, 6”, 12”, and 6” on successive days and then 2 feet the day we concluded. To have fresh snow to work with day after day is really unusual. Under normal circumstances, it is especially advantageous to be in Yosemite Valley when a storm breaks because the pristine quality of the scene doesn’t last long. Since the ideal window for working can be short, it is also helpful to be aware of the time which the sun illuminates different parts of the valley to maximize opportunities.

On this day, my car was packed and I was ready to start back to Idaho, but I waited in this spot for the sunlight to reach the pines. Moments after the thin warmth of the sunlight touches the snowy trees, a series of avalanches begin as the trees shed their white robes. White powder filtering through the trees is especially pretty when backlit. As the frozen flour spills down through the branches of the tree, alternating bands of light and dark are projected onto it. The sun illuminated my side of the valley much sooner than that of the pine, so I was already being showered by pieces of falling, sunlit snow. In a matter of minutes the freshness was gone, and then I was also on my way.

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Original fine art photograph signed and numbered by Keith S. Walklet Original fine art photograph signed and numbered by Keith S. Walklet