Landscape artistry meets climate change impact | SierraSun.com

Landscape artistry meets climate change impact

Amy EdgettSierra Sun

Couresty Hawks Peak Publishing

Elizabeth Carmel’s passion for the Sierra Nevada is captured in her new publication: andamp;#8220;The Changing Range of Light,andamp;#8221; which combines the artistry of her landscape images with information from climate change scientists, poetry and text vignettes.The vignettes are readable and understandable to lay people, while the collection of photographs using a 40 megapixel medium format digital camera capture the details of the Sierra Nevada range winter, spring summer and fall.When asked what her favorite Sierra Nevada focus is Carmel replied: andamp;#8220;I more love the changing seasons, the high country Spring wildflowers, the quiet winter with dramatic clouds.andamp;#8221;Her love for the Sierra Nevada grew in the foothills, when she lived in Coloma, Calif. Carmel spent years traveling the backcountry, skiing, hiking, and whitewater kayaking. Her interest in photography began as a teenager, and peaked with the advent of high resolution digital photography, where she now treks the path to preserve what John Muir coined in the 1800s the andamp;#8220;Range of Light.andamp;#8221; His writings and Ansel Adams’ photography were instrumental in protecting important regions of the Sierra, including Kings Canyon National Park. Adams worked tirelessly with the Sierra Club, founded by John Muir, to help our nation appreciate and protect the natural heritage of the Sierra.andamp;#8220;We are fortunate the previous generations protected the wild qualities of the Sierra, because so many areas are relatively unspoiled,andamp;#8221; said Carmel. Her prints are mostly of the pristine, untouched by the hand of man, with subtle details of color and clarity. Carmel’s book incorporates is a visual banquet and a smorgasbord of information. There is endless information for those who want to dive into it, as footnotes and contributions by noted climate change scientists Robert Coats, Ph.D. and Geoffrey Schladow, Ph.D. Coats has extensive first hand knowledge of the Sierra and Schladow is with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village.A graduate of U.C. Berkeley in Environmental Science, Carmel is interested in protecting environmentally sensitive areas, and hopes to be influential in educating the public about the issue of climate change. On a local level, she and her husband Olof have been supportive of the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and did a lot of photography to help preserve Waddle Ranch. Proceeds from an earlier publication, andamp;#8220;Brilliant Waters,andamp;#8221; raised close to $6,000 for the Land Trust.In accordance with their support, Olof and Elizabeth Carmel are partnering with the Truckee Donner and Trust to host a book launch event at the Carmel Gallery in Truckee Saturday, Dec. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Signed copies of andamp;#8220;The Changing Range of Lightandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Brilliant Watersandamp;#8221; will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Land Trust. The exquisite books make a perfect Christmas or holiday gift. Saturday’s book signing is the only time the proceed will benefit the Land Trust. Truckee River Winery and Sierra Pacific Coffee will pour refreshments and hors d’oeuvres by the Dragonfly will be served.Large fine art images from the book’s collection will also grace the new Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation Center.

andamp;#8220;The Changing Range of Lightandamp;#8221; 136 Pages, 12andamp;#8221; x 12andamp;#8221; hardcover, 61 8x10andamp;#8221; color plates, portion of the proceeds to benefit Truckee Donner Land Trust.Saturday, Dec. 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Carmel Gallery, 9940 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.Call the gallery at 582-0557 or visit http://www.TheCarmelGallery.com.Request a special rate from the historic Truckee Hotel, 587-4444.Hawks Peak Publishing, http://www.HawksPeakPublishing.com.Copies also available at the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rock, Tahoe City and Truckee, Truckee Book andamp; Bean, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.