Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer
By John Moran (University Press of Florida, 144 pages)
"Florida nature photography." The very thought elicits grumblings along the lines of, "Just what we need: another coffee table collection of sea turtle nests, coral reefs and swamp grass." However, where most collections are concerned with either the beaches or the 'Glades, Moran's book takes on the equally beautiful terrain of North Central Florida, a situation due both to the fact that Moran lives in Gainesville and that the area is possessed of some of the state's most stunning and unique landscapes. Moran captures the silent backwaters of the Suwannee, the dizzying vistas of Paynes Prairie, a gorgeous, isolated beach in Dixie County, a secret spring in the Ocala National Forest and many other bits of our state's rapidly evaporating natural beauty in a way that's inspiring and (as he admits) often meticulously staged.