Remembering Wildlife and Street Furniture

This week I’ve received two books where I’m listed in the acknowledgments. I’ve never been acknowledged in a book before so to be in two books in one week is quite an achievement. I didn’t actually do much in either case so I don’t really deserve it but I fully support both projects and while I’m blowing my horn let me tell you about them.

The first is a wonderful project that I supported through my work. A British photographer, Margot Raggett, publishes a book each year of beautiful photographs of an endangered wild animal. She’s produced six books so far and all the proceeds from each book go to conservation work to support the animals.

Last year it was Remembering African Wild Dogs, and before that, she published Remembering Cheetahs, Remembering Lions, Remembering Great Apes, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Elephants. Photographers enter her competition and the winning photos are published in the book. This is my copy of Remembering African Wild Dogs.

It’s filled with amazing photographs of these beautiful and elusive creatures with the first few pages of the book dedicated to some background information about them. There are only around 6,600 African wild dogs remaining in the wild, largely due to humans killing them and loss of habitat. I had not heard of them before so well done to Margot for raising their profile and for supporting much-needed conservation work for these creatures. They have big round ears and a unique speckled pattern on their fur coats.

If you want to purchase a copy of the book – it looks great on the coffee table – or any from the Remembering Wildlife series you can do so from the Remembering Wildlife website. All major book stores stock it too.

The other book is a book about street furniture. Towards the end of 2020, Lynn Pearson contacted me about a photograph on my blog; she wanted to include it in a book she was writing. I said yes, the book has now been published, and here’s my copy.

My photograph is the ventilation shaft on Justice Mill Lane in Aberdeen which I admired in a blog post in early 2020. It’s now in Lynn’s book which I have to say is very good, especially if you’re as fascinated by the many beautiful post boxes, lampposts, ventilation shafts, and more that are dotted all over the UK as I am.

The book is filled with photos and the history of this furniture. I’ve discovered that my own ventilation shaft was built in 1905 by Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry to dissipate heat from electrical cabling servicing the electricity works and tram depot. If you want to buy Lynn’s book it’s also available from all major bookstores. Here’s a quick link to Blackwell’s.

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