Books by Scot Miller



Scot Miller has published six books featuring his photography and his books grace many bookshelves and coffee tables. His newest book is Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness by Levenger Press, published in August 2015. 


Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness

by Scot Miller

 A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness is the first book to visually connect the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and Henry David Thoreau, emphasizing the interconnectedness of these three writers/philosphers/activists, and the role that their intertwined orbits played in America’s environmental coming of age. It marries passages from each man’s selected work with sixty-nine of Scot Miller’s never-before-published photographs. For Emerson, that work is “Nature.” For Muir, it is “The American Forests.” For Thoreau, it is “Walking.”

A combined introduction by Scot of Emerson, Muir and Thoreau highlights the unique place of each in American environmentalism as well as the way in which their lives intersected. (Muir’s touching retelling in his “The Forests of Yosemite Park” of meeting Emerson in Yosemite is also included.)

The book dramatically commingles words and images and is designed to inspire and ignite readers much as the larger literary canons of these three men have. The photography section follows the Introduction, with at least one quotation paired with each image but in many cases, numerous quotations. The photographs were created from October 1997 to October 2014, each conveying the spirit of a particular moment (some longer than others), a feeling, or a sense of place. Seventy percent were created in national or state parks/forests across the country.

Following this, all three essays (plus Muir’s touching retelling in his “The Forests of Yosemite Park” of meeting Emerson in Yosemite) will be reprinted, thus providing readers with the full context surrounding the quoted passages.

Levenger Press, the publisher, is offering the book as a special Collector’s Edition. The book features high production values in terms of paper, color treatment and binding. In keeping with the American spirit of its subject matter, the book was printed in America, and by an environmentally responsible printer.

Both Yosemite Conservancy and the Walden Woods Project are featured in the back matter, with a descriptive paragraph on each of these two nonprofits.

Emerson, Muir, Thoreau: A Photographic Trilogy of American Wildness is a memorable prelude to observing the one-hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.


Hardcover: 200 pages   •    Price: $79.00
Signed copies are available from Sun to Moon Gallery


Thoreau, The Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through an American Wilderness

by Henry David Thoreau, photographs by Scot Miller

The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau was published posthumously in 1864, two years after Thoreau’s death. As Jeff Cramer of the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods notes in his foreword to the Levenger Press collector’s edition, Thoreau’s last words summoned his time in Maine: “Indian” and “moose.”

The Maine Woods contains three separate accounts by Thoreau of his trips to the northern Maine wilderness. The first was in 1846, when he climbed Mount Katahdin (Thoreau spelled it “Ktaadn”). The second was in 1853, and titled “Chesuncook”; in it he recounts a moose hunt. The third, in 1857, is titled “The Allegash and East Branch.” It tells of Thoreau’s river journey, where his Penobscot guide paid him the high compliment of conferring on him an Indian name that meant “great paddler.”

Throughout The Maine Woods, Thoreau botanizes and philosophizes. He recounts the pleasures of sleeping with the sky as his ceiling and relays the Penobscot names for rivers and streams and other characteristics of the Maine Woods (the word “echo” is Pockadunkquaywayle). He delights in the blueberries and bemoans the mosquitoes. (Some aspects of nature truly are timeless.)

The Maine Woods is very much an adventure book for nature lovers. It’s also a book that reminds us of the value of conservation and preservation.

It’s still possible to see much of what Thoreau sees in his Maine Woods journeys today. The photographs in this Levenger Press Collector’s Edition offer a lens for witnessing much of what Thoreau did…even if you have never been to Maine.



“Thoreau, The Maine Woods, Mossy & Moosey
“Thoreau, The Maine Woods, Behind the Lens”

Hardcover: 256 pages   •   Price: $79.00
This book is sold out at the publisher but a few signed copies are available from Sun to Moon Gallery


My First Summer in the Sierra: 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

by John Muir, photographs by Scot Miller
Foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns

2011 National Outdoor Book Awards Winner!

Scot Miller takes on the seminal work of John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra. The book details Muir’s first extended trip to the Sierra Nevada in what is now Yosemite National Park, a landscape that entranced him immediately and had a profound effect on his life. The towering waterfalls, natural rock formations, and abundant plant and animal life helped Muir develop his views of the natural world, views that would eventually lead him to push for the creation of the national parks.

Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the book’s original publication, and published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy, My First Summer in the Sierra: 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition features seventy-two of Miller’s stunning photos, showcasing the dramatic landscape of the high Sierra. Twenty-one illustrations by John Muir that were in the original edition are also included in the book. The book contains five photographs taken by Scot of John Muir’s hand-written journal pages, including several Muir illustrations that have never been published before. The publication of My First Summer in the Sierra inspired thousands to journey there, and this illustrated anniversary edition will surely inspire thousands more.

WATCH THE VIDEO SLIDE SHOW “John Muir’s Sierra: A Pictorial Celebration”

WATCH THE VIDEO “Experiencing John Muir’s Sierra: A Photographer’s Story”

Hardcover: 204 pages   •    List Price: $30.00   •   Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available at bookstores and online. • ISBN-10: 0618988513   •   ISBN-13: 978-0618988518
Signed copies are available from Sun to Moon Gallery


First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness

by Charles Cramer, Karl Kroeber, Scot Miller, Mike Osborne & Keith S. Walklet

Ansel Adams led regular trips into the Yosemite backcountry as part of his efforts to protect this rare instance of untouched nature and, as a result, introduced thousands to its beauty. Following his example, Yosemite Conservancy asked five well-known Yosemite photographers to once again bring the wonders of the wilderness to the general public.

For five years, these five photographers spent a part of their summers in Yosemite’s wilderness region, which covers more than one thousand square miles of almost indescribable raw beauty, and the camaraderie that developed between them is evident in the reminiscences and musings that accompany their photographs. The result of this uncommon collaboration is a book of glorious prints, each imbued with its creator’s distinct style.


Softcover: 144 pages   •    List Price: $27.95   •   Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy
Available at bookstores and online. • ISBN-10: 159714102X   •   ISBN-13: 978-1597141024
Copies signed by Scot Miller are available from Sun to Moon Gallery


Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic

by Henry David Thoreau, photographs by Scot Miller

Originally published in 1865 by Houghton and Mifflin’s predecessor, Ticknor and Fields, Henry David Thoreau’s Cape Cod is a wonderfully written, surprisingly funny account of 19th century life on the Cape, well before it became a major tourist attraction. To this day, many people consider it to be the best book ever been written about Cape Cod. This new illustrated edition features the complete 1906 Houghton Mifflin edition text of Thoreau’s classic work, the stunning photography of Scot Miller, and a foreword from preeminent Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson.

For his book, Thoreau spent about three weeks in Cape Cod on three trips over a six-year period. Scot Miller spent about six weeks on seven trips over a sixteen-month period. Thoreau observed and wrote about the landscape, seascape and culture. Scot observed and photographed the same of today. Many of the lush color photographs have a timeless quality and show things Thoreau could easily have seen: the Great Beach, imposing cliffs, sand dunes, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, beach grass, seaweed; others reflect the unique personality of Cape Cod and its people today: from local artists to architecture. The combination of Thoreau’s timeless text and Scot’s exquisitely reproduced color photographs make this an indispensable addition for anyone who loves Thoreau’s writing and the perfect book for anyone who loves Cape Cod or photography.

The book is published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the lands Thoreau wrote about. For each copy sold, Houghton Mifflin and Scot Miller are making a donation to the Walden Woods Project.


WATCH THE VIDEO “Illustrating Thoreau’s Cape Cod: A Photographer’s Story”

Hardcover: 272 pages   •    List Price: $35.00   •   Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available at bookstores and online. • ISBN-10: 0618758453   •   ISBN-13: 978-0618758456
Signed copies are available from Sun to Moon Gallery


Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic

by Henry David Thoreau, photographs by Scot Miller

Updated in 2015 with a new Introduction by Don Henley, founder of the Walden Woods Project.

August 9, 2004, marked the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, one of the most widely read and influential books ever published. In celebration of this historic occasion, Houghton Mifflin published a special anniversary edition of the classic work, in cooperation with the Walden Woods Project, the nonprofit organization founded by recording artist Don Henley in 1990 to protect the land and waters celebrated in Thoreau’s writing. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner E.O. Wilson contributes a thoughtful Foreword.
Houghton Mifflin’s predecessor, Ticknor and Fields, was the original publisher of Walden, Or Life in the Woods in 1854. At the time the book was largely ignored, and it took five years to sell out the first printing of two thousand copies. It was not until 1862, the year of Thoreau’s death, that the book was brought back into print. Since then it has never been out of print, and it has been published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language. Few books have had such significant impact worldwide and enjoyed such enduring popularity, inspiring millions to ponder how to live their lives.

Adding to the inspiration in this edition are the eighty-nine stunning color photographs by Scot Miller; Scot’s images capture Walden as vividly as Thoreau’s words do. The book also features four historical black-and-white photographs by Herbert Wendell Gleason, who photographed Walden Pond and the Walden Woods area in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and a map of the pond.

Houghton Mifflin and photographer Scot Miller are donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book to the Walden Woods Project.

Hardcover: 288 pages   •    List Price: $40.00   •   Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available at bookstores and online. • ISBN-10: 0618457178   •   ISBN-13: 978-0618457175
Signed copies are available from Sun to Moon Gallery