The Red Tree by Michael W. Barnard


“The Red Tree” is a 28 page picture book for young and beginning readers.

Reader Responses:

“Love, love, love the book… we picked up the mail at the post office and there was this beautiful book and guess what? [my grandson] could read lots of it because of the way it was written.  It’s perfect. He loved being able to read it with me.  It was really fun…. Not only does this book contain beautiful photos, it also provides the basis for excellent discussion around the life cycle of deciduous plants and looking at change over time.”   JG – Vermont




“The Red Tree” is a 28-page full color picture book intended for beginning readers. Author Michael W. Barnard discovered the red tree in the fall of 2015 and followed the red tree through all four seasons,  tracking the changes of the tree, and surrounding flora and fauna. All of the photographs in this book were taken by author Michael W. Barnard in and around Fairfield Iowa – except for the cows, who live happily in the Swiss Alps.  This book was created over a two year period. The book is a soft-cover 8.5″ x 11″ high quality, saddle-stitched publication.

About the Author

Michael W. Barnard has been making fine art and films around the world for his entire adult life. This is his second book. The first is a 300+ page coffee table book entitled “100Waves – One Surfer’s Journey”Dispatches from the Green Room”. Michael also has large body of photographic artwork, including his series of large-format montage photographs known as Photofields. He currently has been serving  as the Program Director of the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. “The Red Tree” was inspired by his youngest grandson, Buck Barnard, as well as a few other very young and wonderful children he has met along the way.


“The Red Tree” came about after Michael encountered the red tree as he was taking an autumn bike ride through farmlands and woods in Fairfield, Iowa. The tree called to him, and so he returned again and again to document the tree through the ensuing cycle of seasons  for the next two years. .

Author Michael W. Barnard