Galen Rowell's images of landscapes are different. They are different in the fact that before Galen, wilderness photos were much more of the observer with a camera. Galen transcended wilderness photography by becoming an active participant in the image and landscape he was photographing. Rowell often hiked, climbed mountains, and camped for days on end before getting the photo he wanted. In 1972 he became a full time photographer and one of his first major assignments was a cover story for National Geographic.
When I think about the dedication, the persistence, and the patience it took Rowell to capture some of the images he did it is absolutely inspiring. It reminds me it is ok to go off the beaten path...even if it's just a few yards off the path...to grab a shot of a beautiful sunset or a field of wildflowers. After seeing these images I there may be a spike in travel to Yosemite and Yellowstone.