Date: June 2016

Renowed artists, photographer Ken Scott and painter Kaye Kraphol, trekked the entire 100-miles of the Leelanau Peninsula Lake Michigan shoreline. They recorded and documented its beauty while walking two miles at a time through all seasons. During their 10-month journey, they experienced the warmth of sandy beaches and colorful skies as well forboding clouds and rain, turbulent waves and snow and ice. You name it, Ken and Kaye encountered it, now sharing their art and two unique visions in this magnificent book.
The hard-cover, 9-inch by 9-inch book sells for $40 plus tax and s&h.

Press Release

Back Pages of Leelanau County

Date: July 2, 2015

For people who love Leelanau County, a coffee table book coming out this summer seems destined to capture a place in their hearts.
Back Pages of Leelanau County will take readers through a decade of photographs taken by famed outdoor photographer Ken Scott. The book includes every Scott photo published in the Leelanau Enterprise in its cherished position on the back page of Section One.
From the first photograph 10 years ago, Scott has every week captured scenes of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leelanau’s small villages and most other iconic settings that have given Leelanau the simple nickname of, “The County.”
Scott’s work is both timeless and time setting as readers of the Enterprise are bound to recall many of the photos.
The book includes essays about Ken Scott and his work from Susan Ager, award-winning former columnist for the Detroit Free Press and presently a contributing writer for National Geographic, and Leelanau Enterprise co-publisher Alan Campbell.
Credit Angela Saxon of Elmwood Township with creating the book’s design and lending her artistic brilliance. Saxon also designed Scott’s previous book, Ice Caves of Leelanau.
The Back Pages of Leelanau County will be sold at limited outlets in Leelanau County and Traverse City starting on the Fourth of July weekend.
The hard-cover, 9-inch by 12-inch book sells for $40 plus tax and s&h.

The Leelanau Conservancy Publishes Book on Protected Lands

Why We Preserve

Date: July 2015

"Working with iconic Leelanau photographer Ken Scott, the Leelanau Conservancy has published a book of photos and essays about the lands that the Leelanau Conservancy has protected over the last 27 years. The 56-page book, titled “Why We Preserve” features 52 stunning color photographs and seven essays by a cache of writers including renowned chef Mario Batali, CBS Sunday Morning News correspondent Martha Teichner and Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine publisher Deborah Wyatt Fellows.
“Putting this book together was a joy,” says Executive Director, Tom Nelson, whose essay opens the book. “Ken’s photos are simply beautiful, and each one captures the essence of these places that are so spectacular. When you look at the book as a whole, and all of the places that have been forever protected by the Leelanau Conservancy, well, it’s breathtaking.”
Scott shot hundreds of images over two years in all seasons. He spent time photographing at Conservancy protected  lands, including natural areas that are open to the public, and privately owned conservation easements.  “The Conservancy protects these primo pieces of land, which are just packed with so much beauty and diversity-truly a photographer’s dream,” says Scott. “I loved working on this project and getting to spend time in so many spectacular places.”
A committee spent hours reviewing the photos in order to select images for the book as well as for an exhibit at the Dennos Museum which took place last fall. Twenty of the framed photos that were featured in the exhibit, can be seen at the Conservancy office in Leland (105 N. First Street).
In addition to the seven essays, each property features a short description that sums up why the Leelanau Conservancy thought the land was critical to preserve. “We couldn’t have made this book happen without Barbara Siepker, former Board member and  longtime Conservancy volunteer. She runs a non-profit publishing group called Leelanau Press,” added Nelson. “She helped to guide us every step of the way.”
The book retails for $25 plus tax and s&h."

Ice Caves of Leelanau

Date: June 2014

A new book by photographer, Ken Scott, of the rare ice formations on Lake Michigan in Leelanau County. Through his lens, experience ice caves in early winter, after a March thaw and refreeze, ice balls, pressure ridges, volcanoes and pancake ice in a color spectrum from white to green to blue. Words cannot describe the beauty of these unusual natural ice structures that only a few brave souls have experienced.

Traverse City author Jerry Dennis’s essay sets the mood and jars the senses as he is so able to do with words. Your feet will feel the rumble as waves crash into the shoreline carving out these ice caves covered in crystals. Meteorologist Ernie Ostuno of Grand Rapids supplies ice terminology and explanation for what is being viewed.

Ice Caves of Leelanau was quickly organized and pulled off by an efficient team of publisher Barbara Siepker of Leelanau Press, designer Angela Saxon and photographer Ken Scott. The book could not have been published without the generous underwriting of Tom and Burma Powell, Art’s Tavern in Glen Arbor, The Business Helper, LLC, in Suttons Bay and The Leelanau Enterprise.

For those of us unable to view the spectacular ice caves, this book is a treat to behold, so do not miss this opportunity which may never come our way again.

This hardcover 48-page book contains 47 photos, six of which are double spread pages, and sells for $25 plus tax and s&h.


Date: 2000

Acclaimed nature writer and 1999 Michigan Author of the Year Jerry Dennis, Traverse City, and award-winning Leelanau photographer Ken Scott have combined their talents to produce a thoughtful and visually stunning meditation on one of America's loveliest regions. The 150 photographs and 12 essays in the 176 page long-awaited book LEELANAU create a compelling vision of the "little finger" of Michigan. Their collaboration adds a significant volume to the literature and art of American places. LEELANAU (Petunia Press, $45) is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who has ever visited, or wanted to visit, Leelanau. For those who live on Leelanau this "Portrait of Place in Photographs and Text" will remind residents why they stay. Leelanau is, as Jerry writes in his Introduction, " . . . one of the last good places."

Jerry Dennis has earned his living as a writer since 1986. Since then, his essays on nature have appeared in such publications as Audubon, Smithsonian, Wildlife Conservation, and the New York Times, have won numerous awards, and have been widely anthologized. His previous books, including IT'S RAINING FROGS AND FISHES (1992), A PLACE ON THE WATER (1993), THE BIRD IN THE WATERFALL (1996), THE RIVER HOME (1998), and FROM A WOODEN CANOE (1999) have received national acclaim and have been translated into five languages. Jerry lives in a 125-year old farmhouse near Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife, Gail, and sons Aaron and Nick.

Ken Scott, a self-taught photographer, works with one 35mm camera and two lenses. Ken lives with his two children, Trevor and Jane, in Leelanau County, Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where he finds much inspiration for his work. He is represented by various galleries in Michigan and has four previous books of photography to his credit: MICHIGAN'S LEELANAU COUNTY (1988), STILL, MICHIGAN (1990), CHARLEVOIX (1998) and UP NORTH IN MICHIGAN (2000).

Ken Scott and Jerry Dennis are skillful observers of the world. If there is magic in water and land, then Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula must be among the most enchanted of places.

The book retails for $45 and is on sale for $30 plus tax and s&h."

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