National Geographic Atlas of Wild America

December 2023
National Geographic Atlas of Wild America cover

I don't normally toot my own horn when my photos are published in books or calendars, but I'm pretty thrilled about this one!

I recently licensed 9 images to National Geographic for their new coffee table book "Atlas of Wild America", written by Jon Waterman. I didn't really think much of it until I received a copy of the book in the mail yesterday, and WOW it is way more epic than I expected! 432 pages, over 300 photos, 250+ maps (some of which were created by Ouray's own Mike Boruta), and full of text and illustrations. This book was obviously a labor of love.

A companion book to Waterman's similar "Atlas of the National Parks", this book features over 40 wilderness areas and other public lands in North America. I'm proud to have contributed photos to represent the Weminuche and Sangre de Cristo wilderness areas in Colorado, two areas that are near and dear to me.

One first impression I have of the book (from a photographer's perspective) is that I think the editors did a great job of selecting beautiful photos from a wide variety of photographers, not just from a handful of NatGeo photographers. As you might expect from National Geographic, the photos mostly serve to illustrate the geography and natural characteristics of the wild areas they are portraying, and are compelling without being over-the-top fantastical. The photo credits are unfortunately buried in the back of the book, but scanning through the credits I see many familiar names in there.

I'm sure "The Atlas" will grace my coffee table for a long time as I read through it - while drinking my coffee of course! If you're looking for a gift for your nature-loving friend or family (or yourself), you can buy it here.

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