Use this photographic guide to identify the wildflowers of California's beautiful North Coast Range, from the Golden Gate to Oregon State. This revised edition has been expanded to include Humboldt and Del Norte counties, common naturalized plants, 393 species of plants with 35 new species added, leaf images for all plants, and 230 new photos for a total of 772 color photos. Easy to use: grouped by color, close up photos for easy identification. Learn bloom times, habitats, garden tips, native uses, natural history, wildflower hot spots. The first edition of Wildflowers received a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers and from Writer's Digest a First Place in the non-fiction category.
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Since 1970 Reny has focused her lens on wildflowers. Her images appear in books, on cards and posters, and the web at RenysWildflowers.com. In 2012 Reny won 1st place from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for her photography. She is active in wilderness conservation and served as president of the Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.Review:
Reny Parker is passionate about wildflowers. For 17 years, she has found and photographed them in their wild habitats around her home territory. Those images form the heart of her new pictorial and descriptive guide to 358 species of native flowers from Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. Within its pages are representatives of 83 plant families, mostly annual wildflowers but also woody perennials, vines, shrubs, trees, grasses, ferns, and several problematic exotic weeds. Parker has made it easy for even a beginner to find a particular flower in the guide. Plants are grouped by flower color and by number of petals. Species that appear similar are placed near each other, so they can be compared easily. Nontechnical descriptions of the species accompany the photographs, often with additional information about a plant's rarity, natural and human history, and garden-worthiness, and always including bloom time and native counties. Other tidbits of information are fun and interesting: Who knew that sneezeweed (Helenium bolanderi) got its common name from its former use as powdered snuff? Or that bitter root (Lewisia rediviva), named for explorer Meriwether Lewis (who described the plant as naucious to my pallate), was a food staple for Native Americans? Following the main body of the book are lists and maps of wildflower hot spots in the four counties. Wildflower guide photos are often more about education than artistry, with poor lighting, competing backgrounds, and repetitive bull's-eye placement of their subjects. In comparison, Parker's beautifully composed images stand out as lovely little works of art. Each reflects Parker's devotion to her subject and her goal of inspiring others to care for these delicate gifts of nature and preserve them and their habitats for future generations. --Bay Nature Library-2007 edition
Helpful Companion - When you do venture out into nearby wildlands, a helpful guide to take along is a wonderful collection of photographs put together by Reny Parker, past president of the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Her book is Wildflowers of Northern California's Wine Country and North Coast Ranges.Parker has compiled brief descriptions of 360 species native to Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Mendocino c ounties. Besides annual flowers, she includes a sampling of ferns, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees. The beautiful photographs are detailed close-ups of blossoms but often are paired with a wider shot of foliage, if not an entire plant. Common, botanical, and family names are given. Lists at the end identify nearby places to find wildflowers. Color-coded photos are sensibly arranged from pale to deep hues -- white, yellow, orange, pink-to-red, violet-to blue, and brown-to-green -- a helpful order for identification since a first observation of wildflowers is their color. Gardeners will be gratified that Parker, who has a colorful drought-tolerant garden in the Cloverdale hills, has noted which wildflowers are appropriate for garden culture. In sharing her passion for wildflowers in the book and on her Web site, Parker hopes to encourage us to take a closer look at nature's wonders and be inspired to preserve them for future generations. --Rosemary McCreary, Press Democrat, 4/21/07
The photographs are outstanding, and the species coverage is better than any other regional wildflower guide I've seen that has comparable photography. Peter Baye, Ph.D., Botanist, Coastal Plant Ecologist
This really does look like the best book available on the subject of California wildflowers and we do have many such on the bookshelves. I am just amazed by the quality of the photos. Thanks for creating such a lovely work of art. Larry L., Attorney & Rancher, Cloverdale
I expected the photographs to be splendid and, of course, they are but the lovely, intelligent design and organizational strategy took me completely by surprise. Brilliantly done! Susan G.R., Principal Publications Coordinator, UC Natural Reserve System
I like what you have done with your book. The short blurbs set a tone of enjoyment, and are not overburdened with the kind of detail you get in a botanical text. Photos, of course, are lovely. ML, Wildflower Aficionado
This is the book we've been waiting for! Outdoor enthusiast
My wife and I love to walk thru Annadale (sp) in the Spring and note all the wildflowers. We had an old guide that someone self published decades ago - it was old but it was all we had. Then we misplaced our guide and couldn't remember 'Hound's Tongue' when we found one. We tried to describe the flower to friends (that's always difficult to do accurately) and then our neighbor, Steve B.of SRJC and Pepperwood Preserve, recommended your guide book. I ran to Copperfield's to get one and what a beautiful book!
You are an outstanding photographer and every page of your book conveys your deep appreciation for the beauty around us. I want to thank you very much for enriching our lives. I know what to give all my friends on their special occasions. Jim P., Walker and enjoyer of nature
Your book came in today's mail. It's WONDERFUL! You did a fantastic job and we find it very easy to use. Already confirmed our white-colored Baby Blue-eyes! You'd think some big-house publisher did it, but, truthfully, it's better than they'd do! I love the soft-colored borders you put on the pictures. Very pretty. I love the color coding that shows on the top of each page.....and I've only had a few minutes with it. I'm very impressed! Kathy Biggs, Author California Dragonflies --Various Users
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Book Description New Creek Ranch Press, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reny Parker (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0979043026