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|The Sunshine State
by Andrew Elias
A colorful, informative guide to the most beautiful islands in the Gulf off southwest Florida, this book is essential for both vacationing visitors and residents, both long-time and newly transplanted.
With 500 pages filled with more than 650 photographs by award-winning photographers such as Alan S. Maltz, Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez, as well as 50 illustrations of fish, the book provides readers with a brief history of the islands and a look at the latest museums and eco-attractions. In between is a comprehensive directory of the plants and animals that inhabit the islands and the surrounding waters: mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, and birds lots of birds. There is also a guide to help identify the many varieties of shells found along the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, known worldwide for its outstanding shelling.
The book includes tips for getting around the island and suggestions for bicycling and hiking trails, including several useful maps.
Well-researched, user-friendly and easy on the eyes, Living Sanibel is a wonderful guide for tourists discovering the natural beauty of the islands for the first time as well as an impressive coffee table book for residents proud of the magical place they are lucky to live in.
Visions of Beauty
Visions of Beauty is a truly impressive collection of eye-popping photographs by one of the very best nature photographers in Florida.
Historic Photos of Florida Ghost Towns
Whether due to economic changes or natural disasters, from the closing of factories or the rage of hurricanes, these towns were once full of life hard-working people, successful businesses, interesting buildings and lovely landscapes. For some of these towns these few old black and white images are all that remain.
Steve Rajtar takes readers back decades, describing the towns and the life their communities had, as well as explaining how and why they declined and vanished. Respectful and informative, this book is both educational without becoming dry, and a fine addition to the series.
Backroads of Florida
from the May-June 2010 issue