Corvallis, Oregon (PressExposure) April 07, 2009 -- During the month of April, in celebration of National Arbor Day, award winning photographer David Paul Bayles offers an Arbor Day Give-Away of a $1200 signed, framed limited edition photograph from his book, Urban Forest, Images of Trees in a Human Landscape. Anyone who purchases the Urban Forest book before May 1 is entered into a drawing to win the photograph. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization TreeLink to support urban forests.
Urban Forest, published by Sierra Club in 2003, was acclaimed by numerous respected publications including Los Angeles Times, Sierra, Nature Conservancy and Audubon Magazine. Christian Science Monitor selected it as one of the top seven photography books of 2003. Renowned photographer John Sexton wrote: "David Bayles' photographs in Urban Forest speak eloquently with a quiet intensity. The book explores the concept that the natural world exists not only in the wilderness, but in our everyday urban surroundings. These thoughtful photographs cause the viewer to pause and consider the delicate balance between human activity and the natural environment."
David Paul Bayles has been a professional photographer for 28 years, with photographs in exhibits and collections in the US and Europe. His photographs explore the relationship between people and nature, revealing the irony, humor, tragedy and beauty. In the preface to Urban Forest he emphasizes the importance of trees in our towns and cities. "Tree-lined streets and garden spaces have been woven into a living fabric that shades and soothes our souls. In a real biological sense, trees are our home. That is the deeper meaning of the urban forest."
Bayles is donating a portion of the sales of Urban Forest and the Arbor Day Give-Away to TreeLink, a non-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness and enable support for healthy urban forests. TreeLink serves tree professionals, urban planners and the public, and enables community funds for tree planting, aftercare and education through its TreeBank program.
To enter the drawing, buy a signed copy of Urban Forest (or a signed copy of Urban Forest paired with a special edition print from the book) by midnight PST April 30, 2009. Read more about the book and the Arbor Day special, view selected photographs and place an order at http//:www.urbanforestbook.com