About the Book


Since 1990, Richard and Juanita Baker have visited Blue Cypress Lake many times, often spending the night listening to a steady chorus of frogs and an occasional gator.  Rising before the sun, they often witnessed the early changing light, and photographed and savored each moment of their days at the lake.  In these pages, they provide a vivid and factual account of the lake’s history since its very beginning.  Their photographs, narratives, and poems provide a reflective and artistic perspective of the lake today, taking readers on a journey to one of Florida’s natural treasures. In writing this book, the Bakers want to give credit and express appreciation for those instrumental in bequeathing to us Blue Cypress Lake in a nearly pristine condition.


Pelican Island Audubon Society is fortunate to have the opportunity to bring the Baker’s beautiful tribute to people everywhere who are interested in wildlife, conservation, natural history, photography, or just experiencing one of Florida’s very special places. By publishing Reflections of Blue Cypress, Audubon hopes to:



Generous donations of financial resources, personal time and expertise from many have supported the book’s publication.  All profits from the sale of the book will accrue to Pelican Island Audubon Society. 


Audubon is honored to have Dr. George Schaller of the Wilderness Conservation Society write the forward.  Instrumental in preserving vast habitats worldwide, George Schaller's studies in Africa, the Himalayas, Tibet, and China have been the bases for his numerous scientific and popular writings. The winner of several awards, including the National Book award, he has authored 15 books, including The Serengeti Lion, Stones of Silence, The Year of the Gorilla, and The Last Panda. 


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Sample of Photos and Poems