A Photographic Celebration of Florida’s Aquatic Wonders, By Michael Patrick O’Neill
Award-winning photographer Michael Patrick O’Neill has written a retrospective of his past 30 years covering Florida’s spectacular coral reefs, wetlands, estuaries and deep ocean. Meet Me Underwater is dedicated to all Floridians and everyone who has a little Florida in them. Its wide range of subjects, along with breathtaking images, will capture the attention of anyone who picks up the book — fishermen, divers or nature lovers who simply enjoy spending time outside.
An experienced visual storyteller, O’Neill and his team created the book with aerial, wide-angle and close-up photos that effortlessly lead the reader from one section to the next. The light and casual text frames the stunning images and provides valuable snippets of information, especially in the opening chapter titled “Blackwater,” which concentrates on planktonic creatures photographed late at night while drifting in the Gulf Stream off Palm Beach — an experience O’Neill compares to an astronaut in outer space.
This premium quality hardcover book is a visual treat and a valuable addition to any home ($29.95; BatfishBooks.com/purchase).