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Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains Paperback – September 6, 2013
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Roberts and, especially, Allen have been hunting Orange County wildflowers for 10years, collecting a vast array of stunning images for the county's first comprehensive wildflower guide. The result: Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains; its 500 detail packed pages loaded with more than 2,000 photos of some 700 species, extensive scientific descriptions and anatomical graphics. The book includes a color-coded index that matches the colors of the flowers, to make the guide easier to use, and the descriptions include pollinators for many of the flowers most of them insects, another passion of Allen's. It's the most thorough field guide treatment Orange County flowers, and flower enthusiasts, have ever received. --Orange County Register - July 15, 2013
And that is the wonderful experience of the natural history book by Roberts and Allen, which I recommend, as do the California Native Plant Society, Laguna Canyon Foundation and Sea & Sage Audubon, each of whose imprimatur is celebrated with their lovely logos on the title page. Each page and photograph demands that you post-it or dog-ear even as you follow your eye to another. Books as these are no doubt expensive to produce, so that those three organizations help make them happen by way of organizational sponsorship from people who care, and care to learn and preserve. --OC Weekly - November 24, 2013
For the landscaping pro, wannabee scientist, backyard gardener, weekend hiker, mountain biker, amateur photographer, birder, or wildflower enthusiast, and every too-careless if enthusiastic admirer, there is a way to be like Bob. Or pretend to. With co-author, best friend and fellow scientist, photographer and illustrator, Fred M. Roberts Jr., Allen has written the ultimate go-to guide to wildflowers of our region. --Allan A. Schoenherr - Professor of Ecology, emeritus Fullerton College
About the Author
Robert L. Bob BugBob Allen is an entomologist, botanist, instructor and photographer. Raised in San Juan Capistrano, he studied insects from a very early age. He and Fred attended Marco Forster Junior High School in San Juan Capistrano but never met until they entered Dana Hills High School where borth learned native plants in natural history class. He attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, then California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In 1982, Cal Poly awarded him a bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Systematic Biology. In 2006, he received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF, he taught entomology and biological illustration. He teaches nature photography, entomology, botany and pollination classes in classroom and in the field. Bob is a Research Associate at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and a Research Associate in Entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He is now working on a book about California s pollinating insects.
Fred M. Roberts, Jr. is a consulting botanist, artist, and author. He grew up in Dana Point, where thousands of acres of underdeveloped grasslands and hiking opportunities contributed to a strong interest in natural history. While attending Dana Hills High School he became interested in reptiles, amphibians, birds, and plants. At Saddleback College, botany became his primary interest and he put together his first checklist of Orange County plants, which he later published and is now in its third edition. In 1982, he received his Bachelor of Science in Geography with an emphasis on Botany from the University of California, San Barbara. From 1982 to 1991 he worked as an assistant curator in the Museum of Systematic Biology, University of California, Irvine. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as a botanist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before starting his own botanical consulting business. Fred is a Research Associate at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. He is currently working on several projects including A Flora of Orange County, California.
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It does have a limited geography being specific to the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County California but the information is still applicable to Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and San Diego County.
It appears to be pricy but that was driven by the desire to make it a complete book with many excellent photos taken by Bob Allen and illustrations by co Author Fred Roberts Jr.
It is so much more than just a wildflower book because you get an education as your read about the plants. They include what they call "guilds" of organisms that are associated with the plant.
You will not be sorry if you buy this book