Sunday 20 October 2013

Book Launch: Nature's Peace: A Celebration of Scotland's Watershed by Peter Wright

Peter Wright signing copies of Nature's Peace

Peter Wright's Ribbon of Wildness was the inspiration for my Scottish Watershed walk (see all my posts for June and July this year). Yesterday Peter launched his new book on the Watershed, Nature's Peace, which is a celebration of both the Watershed and John Muir. Appropriately the book launch was held in the John Muir Trust's Wild Space in Pitlochry. Next year is the centenary of John Muir's death and the book is also intended as a reflection on his important and inspiring legacy. The title comes from Muir himself - 'Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves'.

As well as Peter's thoughts on the Watershed and on Muir Nature's Peace also has what must be the first comprehensive set of photographs of the whole length of the Watershed. To achieve this Peter compiled work from over 30 photographers, including myself (though none from my walk as this was too late to fit into the design schedule). Many went out and took pictures especially. Looking through the book brings back many memories for me and the pictures should inspire any lover of wild land to go out and explore at least some of the Watershed.

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