birds & nature writing
John's interest in bird photography and his life-long enthusiasm for nature and the outdoors led him to combine the two with his writing in the form of several birding photologues. His first work, On the Wing: A Photographic Journey of John's First Year of Birding, covered his best birding from 2006, with photos and an accompanying narrative for over fifty species of birds.
Subsequently, John has put together a new volume each year sharing the best photos of the birds and their habitats from John's travels across the United States.
in John's words:
My interest in bird photography really led me to a sense of environmentalism and conservation that growing up in the woods didn't; I think I took for granted the nature of my own backyard all those years. This awakened respect for and awe of the natural world is something I hope carries over into the narratives in my birding photologues.
In 2007, John's Taking to the Skies: A Photologue of Birding Across the United States included over eighty photos covering nearly seventy species of birds, and his most recent book, In Migration: A Year of Birding and Transition in Photography, dedicates 112 full-color pages to the best of the birds he photographed from late 2007 and throughout 2008.
Each of John's birding photologues is available from on-demand publisher Lulu.com, and may be purchased directly from Lulu or via the JohnNolley.com book shop. Purchasing one of these books not only makes for a great gift for any bird lover but also helps support John's continued photographic work.
Additionally, John is planning to offer full footnotes & citations for his bird books online (to supplement the bibliography provided in In Migration. Check back soon for the full list of citations for his most recent bird photologue!