More About the Author
I once blew up a nuclear reactor. Deliberately. It's true. On November 5, 1962 I sat at the controls of a reactor, operated by remote control from a half mile away, and ran the ultimate super prompt-critical power excursion that blew apart the core. See my blog for a video of that event. (http://thewildernessphotography.blogspot.com) This is the subject of one of two memoirs I have underway.
After I made my getaway, I began free-lancing as a photographer and writer, specializing in wilderness, wildlife and adventure travel. I'm the author of 16 books ranging in topics from African elephants to mountain gorillas, from Siberia's Lake Baikal to the Serengeti ecosystem, Alaskan wilderness - and more. I've been an environmental activist for over 45 years.
I'm honored to be chosen as "One of the 40 most influential nature photographers from around the globe" by Outdoor Photography Magazine U.K. I once received an award from Robert Redford on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency for my "important, exciting environmental photography and writing." Thanks Bob.
Recently I've organized opposition to the proposed commercial highway that would cut across Serengeti National Park and perhaps destroy the greatest animal migration on earth. I'm co-founder and co-director of Serengeti Watch (savetheserengeti.org).
My newest book, "Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning" will be released in October 2011. Pre-orders available here on Amazon. Pre-publication comments have been great, from Ed Begley Jr., actor and eco-activist to Joe McGinniss author of "Fatal Vision," "Going to Extremes," and the forthcoming "Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." These and more are on my blog.
New pre-publication comments on my Serengeti book:
"Boyd Norton has captured the magic of this ancient and majestic ecosystem. Through superb and deeply sensitive photographs and compelling accounts of his experiences there he introduces its animals and people. Serengeti: the Eternal Beginning is profoundly moving - you will understand why it is so important to preserve this place for generations to come." Jane Goodall
"Preserving the Serengeti is as much about saving our humanity, our link to nature and our own ancient past, as it is about stopping an environmental tragedy." Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC NEWS