Well…that was a nice start to March ! My publishers, Ness Publishing, let me know at the end of February that some great news was forthcoming about my book on the resident Bottlenose dolphins “On A Rising Tide” that was launched in late October 2015. Every two years, the Scottish Nature Photography Awards (who crowned me with their “Photographer of The Year” accolade in 2012) gather together the best literary offerings about nature and wildlife in and around Scotland and choose a winner. It seems that my book had made it onto the shortlist and then, hey-presto, it was announced soon after as the winning book. To say that I was gobsmacked is a bit of an understatement as the sheer quality of the photography in the other shortlisted book was epic in some cases (Laurie Campbell, Colin Prior, Richard Shucksmith, and so the list goes on…) and not just that, this was my first book – all photographed and written by yours truly, so I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.
It is certainly a lovely way to get my 2017 dolphin season under way and it won’t do the second year of sales and the second print run of the book any harm at all – plus the recent publicity in the local and national press and media will hopefully bring some more visitors to North Kessock (and our wee Art & Craft Studio comprising of “Aurorabearealis” & “Charlie Phillips Images“) and the rest of the Black Isle. “Aurorabearealis” in the Main Street of North Kessock is now on the NorthCoast500 route as a business member and hopefully we will feel the economic benefit, not only of the books success, but also get a spin off (no pun intended) from the phenomenal rise in profile of the North Coast 500 route – a real draw for visitors worldwide.