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Picturing Florida's wild things

From the red-cockaded woodpeckers of Apalachicola National Forest in the state's Panhandle to the magnificent frigate birds of Fort Jefferson National Monument in the Dry Tortugas, Florida is a nature photographer's paradise. Now a new book by nature photographer and author John Netherton shows how to capture on film the natural beauty that draws millions of visitors to the state each year. Florida: A Guide to Nature and Photography (Cumberland Valley Press, $19.95) offers brief descriptions on more than 40 species of wildlife and tells where and when to photograph them.

Netherton also provides tips on how to shoot sunsets, landscapes, silhouettes, even insects and wildflowers. This soft-cover book, complete with nearly 100 color photographs, is a must for novice shutterbugs or anybody who appreciates wild things.

Also for the beginning and experienced photographer alike, pick up The Audubon Society Guide to Natural Photography, by Tim Fitzharris. Fitzharris' work regularly appears in Audubon, Natural History and National Geographic and his $29.95 book covers everything from approaching wildlife to specialized equipment.

_ Terry Tomalin

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