The Gordon Sherman Photo Library of Audubon Canyon Ranch was established in 1991 by a generous grant from the Tides Foundation at the direction of the Sherman family. The family then generously donated Gordon's extensive collection of color nature slides to ACR. Many of the best slides have been digitally scanned for presentation here. Read more about Gordon Sherman here.

Images from Nature

In the spirit of making visions of nature available to everyone, we are pleased to share this library at no cost. In lieu of a photo usage fee, please consider making a donation to Audubon Canyon Ranch. We would be grateful for your support. ACR relies on the community to support its land preservation, nature education and conservation science programs. Thanks to our supporters, over a 50-year history ACR has protected 5,000 acres of habitat in perpetuity and inspired almost 200,000 schoolchildren to protect nature.

Select a Photo Library 'door' below to view photos. Then browse the photos by name, or narrow the list of names by using the search form to the right. Note that new photos are added to the Gordon Sherman Photo Library regularly.   



About Gordon Sherman

Gordon Sherman was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1918. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1948, he joined the then-modest family business known as Midas Muffler. Gordon was instrumental in expanding the business to form a network of Midas Muffler dealers throughout the country. After achieving financial success he retired in 1970, and moved to California. Gordy, as his friends called him, lived in Mill Valley and Stinson Beach, with his wife Kate and four sons.

Gordy was a true renaissance man, with a stunning array of talents and interests. He learned to play the French horn and oboe, taught music, grew orchids, kept hummingbirds and became an expert fly fisherman. But Gordy’s true passion was photographing nature, first as a student and then as innovator and master.

The Sherman family maintained a second residence in Stinson Beach, where Gordon met former ACR Biologist Ray Peterson and former ACR Executive Director Skip Schwartz, who both lived at Martin Griffin Preserve during that time. Gordy traveled extensively in pursuit of nature subjects, and developed remarkable techniques in photographing birds. Members of the ACR family have fond memories of the dramatic and poetic slide shows that Gordy presented to our docents. Gordon lost his battle with cancer in 1987, but lives on in our memories and through his imagery.