Early 2016, a new 2nd Street art gallery opened in Crescent City. Amidst hanging art, the idea came to include a photo album book. In March, I designed a coffee table photo album book that people could enjoy and inspire conversation. It has about 44 pages. Most images take up the greater part of each page. The book is meant to be both book and art.
Content includes images from my own redwood adventures showing some of the largest coast redwoods, a few older giant redwood discoveries by others, and some photos used for my fine art prints. The cover is one of the recent 2014 - 2016 new coast redwood discoveries called Grogan's Fault; the largest disclosed. One page has the first top-to-bottom photo of Hyperion ever published. Hyperion was the world record discoveriy covered by National Geographic in 2006.
The inside includes albino redwood, curly redwood, carniverous cobra lily, the Smith River, the Eel River, and a lovely lagoon. Fine art photos represented include the coast redwood "Geisha", Crescent City harbor sunset and the redwood "Fairy" in Redwood National Park. You will also find Howland Hill Road, God Rays in the forest, Avenue of the Gants, Prairie Creek's elk and prairie, redwood burls, Lupine at Bald Hills Road, a redwood called "The Dark Horse", plus "Labyrinth" with Chris Atkins, and "Dog Soldier" with Michael Taylor. And a huge coast redwood called "Bigfoot".
I went light on text, but a few pages have in-depth comments. One page talks about albino redwoods and another explains what's involved when new stems emerge from trunks and grow toward light. The book was designed like hiking a new redwood trail where every curve reveals a new surprise and change in scenery. The book is petite, and I want purchasers to understand it's 44 pages, not 44 sheets. The photo album book is 8.5 inches tall x 11 inches wide. This first edition was designed as a gift shop item and coversation piece.
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"My general impression is WOW what a wonderful book - beautiful, informative and incredibly inspiring with an excellent selection of photos. Although I visit your web pages daily (to soothe my longing for California) I'm more of a book person and have been hoping that you someday would make one, and here it is."
"I just picked up a book in the mail. Beautiful! ... That's wonderful. Well done."
"The Coast Redwood Adventures book arrived today ...
I really like this book, it has a nice flow, the pictures are great, and the text adds to the pictures and also provides some interesting information. I didn't know about the mechanism for plants to grow toward light ...."