From a 13-century Armenian monastery, considered a Unesco World Heritage Site, to views above the clouds and a sulfuric lake situated in an active volcano, Firefly Books’ The Spirit of the Mountains ($40) is a beautiful coffee table book that features the best photos from the International Mountain Summit from 2011 to 2016.
There is a mix of photographs in this book including those with and without humans, or remnants of human presence. Each double page spread offers a brief description of the mountain you are looking at as well some addition information from how the photographer got the shot to how you can expect to find it yourself.
My favourite photos are the ones with water surrounding or cutting through the mountain range. While I preferred photos without humans it, one of my favourite photos is of a natural Norwegian monument called Trolltunga (troll tongue), which is a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of a mountain about 2,300 feet above the dam lake Ringedalsvatnet. This photo featured a person standing at the edge of the troll tongue and is glorious, beautiful, awe-inspiring and absolutely terrifying.
A copy of this book was provided by Firefly Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.