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The most complete visual tour of all 59 US National Parks in a coffee-table book, with location notes for each photograph.

59 national parks, 20+ years, 456 pages, 500+ photographs, 130,000+ words, 60 maps, 12x10 inches. 7.4 lbs.

Publication: October 2016.

Discover the diversity of the national parks.

Visualize what each park has to offer.

Learn what makes each park unique.

Plan to visit the locations pictured.

Find out how the photographs were made.

"It is not as if our exquisite National Parks need any help in the beauty department, but Luong's revelatory photographs suggest that our ordinary equipment for seeing is missing something. Luong offers us a leg up to a new way of understanding Nature's greatest gifts."

Ken Burns, director and co-producer of The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Pre-order by Oct 1 for bonuses

  • How to Photograph the National Parks Ebook with QT's best tips
  • Set of 59 high-res (4K) digital images, one from each park, for any personal use
  • 25% off one limited-edition print order from terragalleria.com
  • 25% off any computer wallpaper subscriptions from terragalleria.com

How to claim your bonuses

  • Step 1: Buy the book from any online store (including our Signed/Limited copies),
  • Step 2: receipt with subject line "TL Bonus" if not ordered from us,
  • Step 3: We will email you in October when your bonuses are ready.

It is said that a photograph helped launch the national parks: After Congress viewed Carleton Watkins’s photos of Yosemite, President Lincoln was moved to sign the Yosemite Valley Grant Act in 1864, a bill that not only preserved the park but also paved the way for the US National Park Service, which was founded in 1916 and is now celebrating its centennial. In this fitting tribute to the more than 84 million acres of mountains, forests, prairies, seashores, deserts, and canyons, photographer QT Luong presents his homage to our protected wilderness in Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks.

Luong, who is featured in Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan's documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, is the most prolific and versatile photographer working in the national parks today and the only one to have made large-format photographs in each of America’s 59 parks. In an odyssey that spanned more than 20 years and 300 visits, Luong ventured through each park with cameras at the ready, capturing the majesty and unique beauty of the nation’s preserved habitats. From canyons and deserts to glaciers and reefs, the photographer focused his lenses on spectacular iconic landscapes and rarely seen remote spots, presenting his journey in this sumptuous gallery of more than 400 breathtaking images that are so sharp and have so much detail, they are the next best thing to being there.

Accompanying this collection of scenic masterpieces is a comprehensive guide that includes a map for each park that indicates where the images were shot, as well as extended captions that detail the images’ orientations and lighting, along with pertinent facts on the parks’ geography and natural history. Designed to inspire outdoor adventurers to visit the parks and invite photographers to re-create these landscapes through their own lenses, the guide also provides anecdotal observations that give context to the pictures and convey the sheer scope of Luong’s extraordinary odyssey. The guide is also available as a PDF formatted for use on mobile devices, and owners of the books are offered the option to download it for a nominal fee.

Including an introduction by award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan, Treasured Lands is a rich visual tour of the US National Parks and an invaluable guide from a photographer who hiked (and sometimes paddled, dived, skied, snowshoed, or climbed) each park, shooting in all kinds of terrain, through all seasons, and at all times of day and night. QT Luong’s timeless gallery of the nation’s most revered landscapes beckons to nature lovers, armchair travelers, and photography enthusiasts alike, keeping America’s natural wonders ever within reach.

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Praise for Treasured Lands

"Treasured Lands is a masterwork, showcasing the wonders of our National Parks, along with the incisive and artistic vision of photographer QT Luong. He demonstrates consummate versatility in capturing extraordinary and meaningful images from all 59 Parks. The book also contains valuable information for photographers on how each image was made. This a book that I will savor again and again."

Charles Cramer, photographer of Yosemite

"In Treasured Lands, Luong shares with us something vastly more than his vision, which is beautiful and uncontrived, and his knowledge, which is considerable; he shares with us hope. Hope that the vast land of America remains wild at heart despite our best efforts to tame it."

David Duchemin, author of Within the Frame, founder of Craft & Vision

"Treasured Lands represents an act of commitment, hard work and love for “America’s best idea.” Images recording 59 National Parks illustrate the biological and geographic diversity that defines our national treasures. QT Luong’s images offer an honest and faithful portrait of the land, without the glitz and gonzo colors so prevalent in today's photography. This is a fine collection of images."

Jack Dykinga, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, author of Jack Dykinga's Arizona

"QT Luong's Treasured Lands is the book I would have loved to have when I was dreaming of visiting America's National Parks. Part travel guide and part inspirational photographic opus, it is a complete, yet concise resource to all the parks. I'm enthusiastically recommending Treasured Lands, a seminal and immensely useful book backed by years of research."

Laurent Martres, author of Photographing the Southwest, publisher of PhotoTripUSA guides

"QT Luong's Treasured Lands book is a revelation. QT’s artistic and encyclopedic collection of photographs stuns and enlightens the viewer with each image’s wondrous light, geology, flora, and fauna. His epic journey allows us to breathe in the diverse delights of each and every national park through his meticulously crafted photographs. America’s national parks are justly famous for their beautiful landscapes, for the brilliant concept of preserving them for future generations, and Treasured Lands provides the ultimate guide for travelers and photography lovers who cherish them."

William Neill, photographer, author of Landscapes of the Spirit

"More than a testament to the beauty of the National Parks, this book is also the life work of a devoted and inspired photographer. QT's images portray not only wonders of land and life, but also express his great reverence and love for the Parks in exquisite compositions, great attention to light, and uncompromising technical excellence. I can think of no better introduction to the Parks and to the great value they possess for the human spirit than seeing them through the eyes of a dedicated naturalist and photographic artist."

Guy Tal, author of More Than a Rock: Essays on Art, Creativity, Photography, Nature, and Life

"QT Luong’s National Park images represent a new generation’s artful and at times wonderfully different view of our most sacred and beautiful lands. Reseeing the National Parks is a herculean task, but Luong has come through with new ideas, and new ways of portraying and communicating the light and the magic."

Tom Till, photographer, author of Photographing the World

The Author

QT Luong in Kings Canyon National Park

QT Luong is a full-time freelance nature and travel photographer. Born to Vietnamese parents in Paris, France, he was trained as a scientist (PhD U. Paris). The revelation of the high Alps led him to become a mountain climber. When he came to the US to conduct research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing for what was to be a short stay, he chose UC Berkeley, because of the proximity to Yosemite--a world class rock climbing destination.

There, he fell in love with the National Parks and decided to photograph all of them with a 5x7 large format camera, a single-handed, self-financed, monumental project that had not been completed by anyone before. To that effect, he settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and started crisscrossing this country to capture its diverse beauty. QT's in-depth coverage of the Parks often dictated long hikes into the backcountry, with a 75 lb backpack, and only his passion and dedication to keep him company. By 2002, he had visited each of the 58 National Parks. In 2009, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan featured him as one of the few living characters in their film The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

QT Luong has been profiled in National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, and Parks magazines. His photographs, which are the subject of three previous books, have appeared in Time, Life, Outside, Scientific American, GEO, numerous National Geographic publications, and hundreds of others worldwide. Luong’s limited-edition prints are widely collected, and his on-going traveling exhibition of large prints from all the national parks has shown in museums and galleries nationwide. He lives in San Jose, California, with his wife and two children. For more of his work, visit terragalleria.com

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