Ten days of gifts – number 6

Calendar Cover – look at  www.johnmuir.co.uk and you will go ‘AAAH!’

Yes, it’s a case of man v machine again so you will have to click on that link to see what I’m talking about!

It’s a great shot and one that’s an excellent choice for the cover of the Wild Nature Calendar 2015 that’s been commissioned by the John Muir Trust, the UK’s leading wild land conservation charity.

The calendar and the 2015 Wild Nature Diary are the result of a fair amount of work by editor and publisher of the calendar and diary, John Beatty, one of the UK’s leading travel, wildlife and adventure photographers.

As John himself puts it “This year’s editions have outstanding and spectacular covers, representing the ‘personality and emotion’ of the natural world. They are eye-catching and inspiring visions that hopefully, will carry the message of conservation far afield.

Hundreds of images were submitted online for potential inclusion in the calendar and John whittled these submissions down to 60 images used over both works. The foreword to the diary is by HRH The Prince Of Wales.

And just in case you haven’t heard of John Muir, here goes…

John Muir (1838-1914) was a naturalist, conservationist and visionary who was inspired by the works of nature both in Scotland and the Sierra Mountains of California, where he made his lifelong home.

His nature writings and essays became very popular to the extent that governments reconsidered the values of land use and created the first National Parks in the world. Muir founded the Sierra Club of San Francisco and inspired the formation of the John Muir Trust in Scotland.  (www.jmt.org).

With over 10,000 members the John Muir Trust is the UK‘s leading wild land conservation charity, who believe wild places are essential, and are dedicated to protecting and enhancing them for people and wildlife.

The calendar and diary are available from www.johnmuir.co.uk.  The calendar is £11.99,  the desk diary is £14.99 or you can buy both for £25.

John Beatty is also on the lookout for new nature and landscape photographs of Britain’s wild places. If you are interested, send thumbnail sized images (or reference to your website) by email to www.wild-vision.com and title the email SUBMIT DIARY.

Copies of John‘s book ‘Wild Vision – In Celebration of the Natural World‘ are available from www.amazon.co.uk

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About Keith Rickaby

I’m a writer and photographer who has worked in the tailoring trade and the outdoor/travel clothing, equipment and footwear game. Past lives include working as an outdoor instructor, managing three bands and doing PR work through an agency or my own contacts. Was a student in the mid-90s and whilst I'm originally from the North East, I'm now based in Yorkshire & back out there working for a travel and outdoor activity based retailer.
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