Florida’s rivers all feed very productive coastal wetlands from extensive salt marshes on both coastlines of the upper peninsula to vast mangrove forests that wrap around the tip of south Florida. These mangrove forests extend into the sea from the Everglades and Big Cypress, vast freshwater marshes that once accounted for about one-third of the landmass of the peninsula.


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Many years in the making, Florida’s Magnificent Coast is a special visual journey through some of the most precious wild areas in the state, presenting the breathtaking beauty preserved in state lands, parks, and natural areas. World-famous nature photographer James Valentine has used his camera to record environmental art images of the state’s remote wilderness places, spectacular sites too often missed by Florida’s visitors and residents. Valentine also offers his poetic interpretations of the meaning of his images. Dr. D. Bruce Means, founder and president of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy, has written the introduction and a scientific explanation of each photo.

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