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Wildflowers of Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains Paperback – April 10, 2005
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...glossy, full-page color photos...as valuable for its visual appeal as for the abundant information it provides. -- Catherine Harden, Our State: North Carolina, August 2005
...informative and beautifully written descriptions alongside stunning full-page color photographs... -- The Appalachian Quarterly, September 2005
...merits a ride in your knapsack...Cook's work is as good as you'll find on the subject. -- The Roanoke Times, May 5, 2005
...much more than a field guide...easy to use...lush full-page color photos...in-depth profile of each plant. -- Connie Krochmal, BellaOnline
Full-color photographs are stunning and allow you to easily identify each of its 120 flowers. -- Danny Bernstein, Rapid River Art Magazine
From the Back Cover
Whether on a dayhike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or winding through 469 miles of mountain beauty along the Blue Ridge Parkway, appreciating the wildflowers along the way, using Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains as your guide, adds a level of enjoyment that has no price.
Flower Identification Tools for each flower include:
Full-page, color photos
Summary description of flower
Leaves and stem description
Areas of growth
Designed to be a companion volume to the award-winning Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail, this wildflower guide features informative and beautifully written descriptions of each flower, by author and naturalist Leonard Adkins, alongside stunning full-page color photographs by seasoned wilderness photographer Joe Cook.
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The book is organized by flower colors, making it easily usable as a field guide for a lay person without botanical background knowledge. For the botanically more experienced users, the index contains scientific names along with common names to look up plants. For each plant, a brief description of the flower as well as leaves and stems is given along with the months it blooms. Plant descriptions are well written in conversational language rather than botanical jargon, yet informative and a joy a to read. For most plants, they include specific locations where to find them (e.g. milepost along the Parkway, name of hiking trails etc). This makes the book an incredibly valuable resource for planning your next wildflower hike. For some plants that are often illegally taken from the wild, location information is omitted to protect these vulnerable species from poachers.
The pictures in this book are beautifully composed full-page (12x19 cm) photographs that are truly an inspiration for any aspiring wildflower photographer. They are more the kind of images you may find on postcards or fine arts posters, yet most of them still manage to convey a clear picture of both the flower and foliage of the plants to make them suitable for identification purposes. The artistic quality and size of the pictures makes this book a great coffee table book, especially if you have guests you want to persuade to join you on a wildflower hike. Unfortunately, the photographer's website URL (given on the inside flap in the back of the book) expired just a few weeks ago and is pending renewal or deletion. I sure would have liked to see more of his work!
I found a copy of this book at my library and was pleased to find that it included a full index for both the common as well as scientific names of the contents. I went back to Amazon and immediately purchased the Kindle version expecting to receive a duplicate of the paperback and hardback editions.
Somebody—perhaps Mr. Adkins is not aware of the deletion—made a decision to drop the index from the Kindle edition without alerting the potential purchaser that they were not receiving the same book in the electronic format. Producing an index for a large book like this is no small job—I spent as much time producing an index for a similar guide that I sell on Amazon as any other part of coding the rest of the Kindle version—but if the hard copy has it then the author should be required to either include the index in both versions or provide explicit notice in the listing for the KIndle version that it has been deleted.
One advantage of electronic ebook publication is that the author may correct mistakes by issuing an update; I've just received a notice from Amazon that a corrected copy of a "how-to" book on computers was available as an update at no charge.
I suggest that Mr. Adkins add or have the producer of the electronic version add an index and make an update available to this book in the near future.
It is a remarkable guide that I will use often. It just needs to have a complete transliteration into electronic format.