Soundtrack of the Wild
As much as I love the natural sounds of nature, music helps express a feeling I struggle to explain and gives nature a voice and persona. I can’t image one without the other sometimes, so it’s no surprise that I generally listen to ambient and instrumental music when working. I think my love of this kind of music came from my love of score music when I was a teenager, and the need to soundtrack life. So below is my Soundtrack of the Wild (in progress)
Man with No Ego - Web of Life
We are all Astronauts
A list of books that inspire me, to inspire you
I’ve read a lot of books that have inspired me over the years, not all about nature but defo a good read. I have wanted to do a book list on my website for ages, and finally got my act together (sort of), so here you go! I’ll slowly be adding to the list as there are just too many to do in one go :). If I find the time in the future I’ll write the little paragraph about the book, but at the moment I’m just listing the blurbs :)
If you have any suggestions for books to read please do drop me an email, I’m always looking out for more
Elementum Journal: A Journal of Nature Writing
A collectable journal of new writing and visual arts that explores the natural world and our place within it
MOUNTAINS of the mind, Robert MacFarlane
Robert Macfarlane takes us up into the mountains: to experience their shattering beauty, the fear and risk of adventure, and to explore the strange impulses that have for centuries lead us to the world's highest places.
The concept is simple: to capture the emotion and experience of adventures and expeditions throughout the world… and to inspire.
Braving the Wilderness, Brene Brown
A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations.
Ten Tales From Tibet: Cultivating Compassion, Lama Lhakpa Yeshe
Ten Tales from Tibet offers ten gentle, yet powerful, lessons exploring compassion, the very essence of Buddhism. A collection of poetic re-tellings distilled from ancient oral tradition.
Wild Land: A Journey into the Earth's Last Wilds, Peter & Beverly Pickford
Four years. Seven continents. A unique trip to document and protect the last untouched wilderness. This book expresses the urgent message that it is more than time to protect these areas, for the future of our planet and for the survival of humanity.
Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild examines the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be.
Explorer’s Sketchbook: The Art of Discovery & Adventure,
The sketchbook has been the one constant in explorers' kits for centuries of adventure. Often private, they are records of immediate experiences and discoveries, and in their pages we can see what the explorers themselves encountered.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.
While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odysse, daniel schwartzy
An artist’s journey along humanity’s troubled path of progress, leading from the relics of Holocene glaciation in Switzerland and the Alps into the milieu of the Anthropocene, to collapsing glaciers on three continents.
Wild: an elemental journey, Jay Griffiths
I took seven years over this work, spent all I had, my time, money and energy. Part of the journey was a green riot and part a deathly bleakness…
A Croft in the Hills, Katherine Stewart
"A Croft in the Hills" captures, in simple, moving descriptions, what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft fifty years ago. A couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, immerse themselves in the practicalities of looking after sheep, cattle and hens, mending fences, baking bread and surviving the worst that Scottish winters can throw at them.