Florida Enchantments

Florida Enchantments

by A.W. Dimock, Julian Dimock

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From the acclaimed author of The Book Of The Tarpon, we are pleased to offer another vintage collection of AW Dimock�s essays and adventures.

Florida Enchantments was first published in 1908 when the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands were still reeling from the rampant poaching of herons, egrets, and alligators for their plumage and hides. While Dimock didn�t take part in those thoughtless slaughters, his notions of conservation were still a bit crude by today�s standards.

While Dimock was primarily working as a writer during the time, he was also earning commissions from museums, zoos, and aquariums that were eager to exploit the wondrous creatures of the Florida swamps, rivers and estuaries. Of note: these were hardscrabble times when people ate and profited from whatever was accessible, and there are graphic descriptions and images within this book of Dimock �collecting� species that have since been protected for generations.

Beyond Dimock�s hunting and subsistence stories, he includes a collection of colorful vignettes about fly fishing, moonshiners, hurricanes, outlaws, and the embattled Seminoles. He tells of grueling treks by canoe (and foot) from Everglade City to Miami, and an ill-fated mission to Lake Okeechobee with an Indian scout who fancied whiskey. With stunning clarity, he transports us to a time when the heat, mud, snakes, and mosquitoes were not minor nuisances that could be easily avoided.

Accompanying Dimock�s writing is a remarkable collection of vintage photography shot by his son, Julian. What he accomplished a century ago, beneath a black hood, with a wobbly tripod and glass plates, is reason enough to own this book.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015713268
Publisher: Departure Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 15 MB
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