John Boorman: An auteur happiest in the midst of nature

The film director’s lockdown diary is a celebration of trees, wildlife and the riches to be found in the natural world

John Boorman’s newly published Nature Diary is a tale of a man his love affair with his trees

Daily we are assaulted and seduced by an avalanche of primary colour, on our phones, on billboards, and on sunny days, nature’s own vibrant palette, but nothing can rival the aura of calm as nature rendered in monochrome etchings. Think of Leonardo da Vinci’s exquisite botanical studies. This is the genre chosen by John Boorman, the veteran film-maker, to illustrate his book, Nature Diary, published this month.

Years ago, he bought a painting of a ...