Self-publisher and photographer Chris Harris of 100 Mile House first teamed with his wife Jenny Harris to produce The Bowron Lakes: British Columbia's Wilderness Canoe Circuit (Gordon Soules), a popular guide to the 75-mile waterway in central B.C.'s Cariboo Mountain range. They formed their own adventure tour company called Pathways Canada Tours and led canoe expeditions, then that marriage ended. Since then he has produced a souvenir photography guide for the scenery between North Vancouver and Fort Nelson on the railway line, BC Rail: British Columbia's Great Train Adventure (Country Light Publishing, 1990), Cariboo Country (Country Light, 1995) and an ambitious photography book to help conservationists preserve interior grasslands, Spirit of the Grass, with text by Harold Rhenisch.

[For a review of Spirit in the Grass: The Cariboo Chilcotin's Forgotten Landscape (Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia, 2007) see Mark Forsythe's comments below.]

Spirit of the Grass has reached its second printing. "I feel it has played an extremely important role in both the environmental and political arenas," said Harris, in 2010. "The increased awareness of the grasslands was huge. David Zirnhelt became the Director of the Grasslands Conservation Council at the very time the book was released and he has used the book extensively in his work. In the past three years he has done so much politically and with the whole ranching community. Lots of very interesting food and beef initiatives are developing as a result. So, in short, the book was very successful on several fronts."

Harris has followed his stunning book on B.C.'s grasslands with another unprecedented photography and scientific study of an under-acknowledged geographical area, Motherstone: British Columbia's Volcanic Plateau (2010). "This is a landscape that has never been seen or photographed before," says Harris. "We hiked for days on end where no one has ever trod, except for the mountain goats!" Once again, Harold Rhenisch undertook research and writing, with Dr. Mary Lou Bevier of UBC as a consultant.

[See Motherstone article below]

Two hundred people attended Harris' book launch in an airport hangar of the South Cariboo Regional Airport, located at 108 Mile Ranch, for Flyover: British Columbia's Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, An Aviation Legacy by Harris (photos) and Sage Birchwater (text). "We had to send a brigade to the restaurant next door to bring in more chairs,"; he says. The gathering included a tribute to local pilot Gideon Schutze who has accumulated more than 42,000 bush flying hours. A promo event in Anahim in 2012, with less than 50 people, resulted in sales of 40 books. Harris marketed his hardcover book with events in 100 Miles House, Wells, Williams Lake, Port Moody, Prince George, Bella Coola, Anahim Lake (Moose Hall), Vernon, Salmon Arm, Langley, Vancouver, Whistler, Surrey, Fort Langley and Quesnel. Flyover (Country Light $59.95 hc, 39.95 sc) is Harris' eleventh book since 1993.

Reviews of the author's work by BC Studies:
Spirit in the Grass: The Cariboo Chilcotin's Forgotten Landscape

BOOKS:

BC Rail: British Columbia's Great Train Adventure, 1993, Isbn 0-9695235-1-3

Cariboo Country: British Columbia's Spirit of the West, 1995, Isbn 0-9695235-3-x

Chilcotin: British Columbia's Last Frontier, 1997, Isbn 0-9695235-7-2

Barkerville: British Columbia's Heritage of
Gold, 1999, Isbn 0-9695235-8-0

Tweedsmuir: British Columbia's Park of Many Colours, 1999, Isbn 0-9695235-9-9

Kamloops: British Columbia's Riverside City, 2000, Isbn 0-9682516-0-6

The Bowron Lakes: A Guide to Paddling British Columbia's Wilderness Canoe Circuit, 2006, 0-968-52166-5

The Bowron Lakes: British Columbia's Wilderness Canoe Circuit, A Lifetime Journey, 2006, 0-9685216-7-3

Spirit in the Grass: The Cariboo Chilcotin's Forgotten Landscape (Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia, 2007), with Ordell Steen, Kristi Iverson & Harold Rhenisch. 9780968521694

Motherstone: British Columbia's Volcanic Plateau (2010). Hard Cover: ISBN 978-0-9865818-1-6; Limited Edition of 700 HC @ $69.95 / Soft Cover: ISBN 978-0-9865818-0-9; Unlimited SC @ $39.95

Flyover: British Columbia's Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, An Aviation Legacy by Harris (photos) and Sage Birchwater (text).

British Columbia's Cariboo Chilcotin Coast: A Photographer's Journey (108 Mile Ranch: Country Light Publishing, 2016) $39.95

[BCBW 2017] "Outdoors" "Photography"