On Sunday, October 12, 2014, UPK author Thomas Barnes, 56,
passed away in his home in Barbourville, KY. Barnes was a forestry
professor at UK with an uncanny ability to capture nature’s graces
on camera. A highlight of the memories and accomplishments of his lifetime can be found here.
Known best for his love of wildlife, Barnes enjoyed spending his time documenting Kentucky landscapes. UPK has worked with Barnes over the years, putting out a vast array of books showcasing his life’s work.
One of his most acclaimed books includes Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky, which guides readers through the vast variation of plant life found across the bluegrass state, including photographs and leaf line drawings of over six hundred and fifty species. Barnes combines these striking photographs with essays describing the splendor found throughout Kentucky’s natural preserves and ecological areas. It was the first new statewide guide to appear in thirty years, making it an essential addition to the library or field pack of the wildflower enthusiast, naturalist, and the general outdoorsman.
Revered for his passions and loved by many, Barnes will not soon be forgotten. UPK sends their condolences to his family during this difficult time.