The coffee table book contains over 200 full-color photographs of the flora and fauna of the Everglades, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Exclusive essays from the top minds in Everglades conservation accompany the illustrations, illuminating various threats facing the world’s most famous wetland.
“There’s only one Everglades,” Michael Grunwald, a senior national correspondent for Time magazine notes in the book’s foreword. But in the 19th century, Americans aimed to develop the land and destroyed the watershed’s delicate ecosystem. “Now that half the Everglades is gone, and the other half is an ecological mess, we’ve realized it was pretty amazing the way it used to be,” says Grunwald. “That’s why it’s important to have photographers and communicators like Mac Stone. And that’s why it’s important to have books like this one.”
“The initial purpose of this compelling book is to introduce you to the Everglades and captivate you by its beauty and mysteries,” notes former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. “The ultimate purpose is to recruit you to be one of the millions of Americans who are committed to the preservation of America’s Everglades.”
To document the changing landscape, Stone lived in the Everglades for five years. He traveled to the most remote areas of the Everglades to collect these photographs. With his camera, he explored Everglades National Park, Corkscrew Swamp, Fisheating Creek, and dozens of sites that few are permitted to visit.
“Many of the images found in the book required months of planning,” Stone reveals. In this video, he describes how he captured the cover photo for the book.
Hidden cameras were also used to capture these burrowing owls in action.
Stone received the Save Our Seas Foundation’s 2014 Marine Conservation Photography Grant and will travel internationally to aid in the foundation’s conservation initiatives. He also recently served as an official Google Trekker, mapping various natural areas throughout South Carolina and Florida.
As a biologist for the National Audubon Society, Stone strives to expose the dynamic relationship between people and the natural world. Stone warns, “It’s time that we start regarding these habitats not as second class ecosystems, but as national treasures.” That sentiment rings true throughout his book, and we hope you’ll enjoy reading the essays, admiring the photographs, and learning about America’s wetland as much as we have.