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Groundbreaking New Book Reveals Hidden World of Fairies, Gnomes and Elves Using Advanced Photography

Minneapolis, MN (PRWeb) December 9, 2006 -- The first documented, unretouched photographs of the spirits in nature have been released to the world in the new book "Spirits in the Garden." (

A labor of love for artist and nature photographer Joan Solomon, (, "Spirits in the Garden" is the end product of over five straight years of Solomon's extensive work taking 50,000 photographs using modern photographic equipment that made capturing these elusive images possible.

Popular stories, books and movies such as "Peter Pan", "Elf", "Fairytale", "The Flower Fairies", "Gnomes", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "Cinderella" and "Lord of the Rings" touch on the magical world of nature spirits. People throughout the ages have expressed a belief in nature spirits, and in their innocence and purity, children often report seeing them. For hundreds and thousands of years through countless drawing and writings, humans have documented the intelligent life they have encountered in nature, calling them elementals, devas, little people, leprechauns, fairies, elves, trolls, and gnomes.

Contemporary communities such as Findhorn in Scotland and Perelandra in the United States actively engage the cooperation of the nature spirits. Employing intuitive contact with the spirits of plants, the Findhorn community grew huge plants, herbs and flowers, including now legendary 40-pound cabbages. The Perelandra garden laboratory community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia engages in conscious co-creation with nature spirits. The hugely popular book series "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" has created a silent revolution in Russia that is focusing on mankind's spiritual connection to nature. With over 10 million books sold in Russia alone, these books have spawned a back to nature movement, inspiring many Russians to re-locate to new eco-villages to seek a spiritual reconnection with the Earth.

The 144 page full color hardbound folio book features completely untouched and unaltered photos taken with a 35mm camera and high intensity macro lenses. All photos were developed by a commercial developer and are documented with negatives stored in a climate-controlled bank vault. Some photos in the book have been grouped into photo collages and contrasted to highlight details, but the author emphasizes that absolutely nothing has been drawn in or manufactured.

Testimonials appear on the book cover from several noteworthy people including Dr. Jane Goodall; Larry Dossey, M.D.; Bob Dylan; Nina Utne, Editor in Chief of "Utne Magazine"; and Carolyn Myss, best-selling author and pioneer in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness. Others who have attested to the integrity of this photographic work include Gary Hallman, professor of Photography at the University of Minnesota, Timothy Kretzmann, of Kretzmann Printmaking Studio and Jane Barrash, director of the Continuum Center.

"Spirits in the Garden" is dedicated to opening awareness in a profound way to the presence of Intelligent Life in Nature. Solomon states, "We hope that this new awareness would encourage people to start viewing Nature with more consideration and respect and start taking care of our Earth, the home we share with the plant and animal kingdoms.

The Artists First Edition of this new book is available for purchase online or by phone or mail.

For more information and to purchase the book:

PHONE:     1-888-310-0064
Address: Joan Solomon Studio
3208 West Lake Street, #117
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

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