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Salvaging the Real Florida [PDF / EPUB] Salvaging the Real Florida A ramble through the wild backyard of Florida Bill Belleville writes gorgeously and straight from the heart Carl Hiaasen reviewing Losing It All to Sprawl Get off the interstate cast a cold eye on the A ramble through the wild backyard of Florida Bill Belleville writes gorgeously and straight from the heart Carl Hiaasen reviewing Losing It All to Sprawl Get off the interstate cast a cold eye on the strip mall eschew the theme park and come with Bill Salvaging the Epub / Belleville to the green heart of the real Florida He takes you to the secret places in the deep woods the holy swamps the springs blue as a sapphire and cold as a January midnight He is our William Bartram the poet of Florida's fragile beauty a passionate intelligent chronicler of our disappearing wonders Diane Roberts author of Dream State If Bill Belleville were a uilt maker this book would be his finest spread It is a mosaic in fact; a series of essays each a snapshot of Florida But pieced together the collage becomes a kaleidoscopic rendering of our remarkable peninsula And underlying the whole fabric is a fine batting of philosophy we are reminded of our spiritual links to such a place and our obligations to keep it whole Archie Carr III conservationist and author Bill Belleville has earned the respect of just about everyone who cares about the Florida environment and Salvaging can only confirm his reputation It's a little repast of little essays replete with delicious revelations such as the color of apple snail eggs pink and what sorts of organisms will grow on a sunken refrigerator read the book But it's much than that Spend some time with Belleville and he'll show you how much beauty there still is in our flowered state and how much deeply much it's worth saving Lola Haskins poet and author of Still the Mountain Modern life has a tendency to trap people in cubicles cars and cookie cutter suburbs Thankfully someone comes along now and then to remind us of the beauty that presents itself when we turn off the information feeds and turn away from the daily grind Bill Belleville’s enchanting Salvaging the Real Florida invites readers to rediscover treasures hidden in plain sight Join Belleville as he paddles a glowing lagoon slogs through a swamp explores a spring cave dives a literary shipwreck and pays a visit to the colorful historic district of an old riverboat town Journey with him in search of the apple snail the black bear a rare cave dwelling shrimp and Everywhere he goes Belleville finds beauty intrigue and often than not a legacy in peril Following in the tradition of John Muir William Bartram and Henry David Thoreau Belleville forges intimate connections with his surroundings Like the works of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Archie Carr his evocative stories carry an urgent and important call to preserve what is left of the natural world Bill Belleville is a veteran author and documentary filmmaker specializing in environmental issues His books include the critically acclaimed Losing It All to Sprawl How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape and River of Lakes A Journey on Florida’s St Johns River.

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    Bound Tin Can Tourists and Hidden TreasuresSunPost Weekly April 21 2011 | John Hood and Shade in the Sunshine State With all the hoopla about Earth Day it only seems right we localize the holiday and celebrate what we’ve got right under our lucky noses Yes I mean the beaches and the theme parks after all they’re both as intrinsic to our state as sunshine itself But I also mean the off the beaten path kinda places those that don’t boast multi million dollar advertising budgets and triple figure family admittance fees Yes I know some of the best of those have gone the way of the dodo But there’s still enough real Florida left in Florida to wow even the most attention addled imagination All it takes are a few left turns Just ask Bill Belleville who’s gotten off on unnamed exits than anyone I’ve come upon in uite some time In his delightfully meandering Salvaging the Real Florida University Press of Florida 2495 Belleville will not only tell ya which turns to take he’ll let you know what goes down once you get wherever it is he suggests you go And trust me once you’ve gotten a gander at Belleville’s Real Florida you will wanna be hitting the low road – or at least a wild waterway Taking a page from ol’ Henry David Thoreau who he cites as saying “the natural world can be a source of ‘vigor inspiration and strength’” Belleville begins his sauntering series of journeys by explaining just what sauntering really meant to the infamous Transcendentalist “Thoreau used a superb term to characterize how he moved across the landscape He called it sauntering and explained it as a derivative of a word used to describe pilgrims in the Middle Ages who were traveling to La Sainte Terre the Holy Land Some traveler left behind jobs and asked for charity along the way In doing so he morphed into a sort of mystical hobo The intrepid pilgrim then became known as a Sainte Terrer which later was anglicized as “saunterer” While Belleville isn’t advocating we all drop everything in order to find our inner hobo mystical or otherwise he like Thoreau does seem to be somewhat taken by those who are and were “at home everywhere” which “is the secret to successful sauntering” Mostly though Belleville is encouraging us to adapt “a behavior that sets you suarely in the moment” And to “retrieve the real Florida from those who would turn the Land of Flowers into one giant giddy corporate amusement park” Among the many saunterings Belleville so fondly chronicles take us through Mosuito Lagoon and the Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge across the Wekiva River’s “Bridge to Nowhere” and down to both Key West’s Bahama Village neighborhood and Key Largo “where Bogie meets Lewis Carrol” There’s a rather heartbreaking excursion among the remnants of the ancient hardwood forest that once lined the Ocklawaha River as well as a visit to the ‘noble sheet of water’ known as Lake Jesup just one of the many marvels the White Man stole away from the Seminoles and named for himself Most remarkably perhaps is that no matter where Belleville goes he sinks into what he calls “gator time” and he achieves a oneness with the world that would surely please a saunterer such as Thoreau That Belleville does so with a naturalist’s eye and a historian’s attention to detail only makes this rich appreciation of a largely forgotten Florida all the rewarding Of course Belleville’s saunterings wouldn’t be nearly as distinguished if they encompassed a Florida without tourists and Florida of course wouldn’t be what it is without that steady stream of visitors Yes for better and worse tourists have long been responsible for putting the bread and butter on our state’s plate and we’d be remiss if we didn’t give ‘em some kinda shout out Whether or not you’re on Walt’s side of the tourist euation you’ll get a kick outta Tracy J Revels’ whip uick Sunshine Paradise A History of Florida Tourism UPF 2695 Yeah I know you’ve heard this all before But you’ve not heard it with such concision or precision Revels who previously racked nostalgic with Grander in Her Daughters Florida’s Women During the Civil War brings a historian’s perspective to the phenomena of tourism — then adds a dash of native pride despite the fact that she’s from the Panhandle and we all know that’s a whole ‘nother state in itself I jest of course just slightly The Panhandle is worlds away from the theme parks and beaches most folks picture when someone mentions Florida But Revels’ birthplace hasn’t diminished her desire to give the visitors to our state a fair shake even they do travel tourist class Starting off by saying that “a tourist is an individual who seeks amusement or pleasure” Revels gives each the benefit of our doubt if only because they were lured to these shores by those of grand vision Naturally “the two Henrys Flagler and Plant” and a certain Walter Elias Disney get their due But it is when Revels is well reveling in the less trafficked highways and byways that she really seems to find her Paradise And if you can’t appreciate the kinda folk who shot alligators from steam boats or who made their way in a Model A then you’re missing out on the whole sordid story of the FLA Taken in tandem both books provide the give and take that has made this state so great and whether you’re with it or against it you live here and you may as well make the best of it If that’s a saunter or a thrill ride you’ve gotta dig the fact that there’s no low ebb to our high tide So slather on the sun block and get out there

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    For those who love the natural Florida or those who wish they did there are simply no better books than from writernaturalist Bill Belleville

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