The United State’s National Park system is a shining star of achievement for the preservation of amazing national resources for generations to come. The National Parks Service, which is the agency that watches over the parks, is getting ready to celebrate its 100th year in existence in 2016. To honor that achievement the Anderson Design Group has released a book entitled 59 Illustrated National Parks, that serves to pay homage to the history and beauty of these protected areas.
As a photographer and lover of national parks myself, I have been eagerly awaiting this book ever since I heard about it’s release 6 months ago. One of my treasured memories is looking through the old national park posters when I was a kid, and to now see them reinvigorated with new life is exciting. 59 Illustrated National Parks showcases these beautiful new posters by giving each a full page spread to introduce the parks as you flip the pages. You can even purchase prints of these art pieces to hang in your home or office as well.
The book is presented in chronological order from when each park became a part of the National Parks System, there is even a small timeline at the bottom of each content page that shows when the park became protected. I had known that Yellowstone was the first park, but I was surprised to realize that Sequoia was the second, even before Yosemite. Since the book is being released this year they also have Pinnacles National Park in California, which is the newest entry to the National Park system that President Obama designated during his time in office.