The Earth’s surface is mostly oceans, the human body is approximately 60% water, and the human imagination has been captivated by this life-giving, life-sustaining liquid from time immemorial.
According to Carl Hiaasen, Bill Belleville “writes gorgeously and straight from the heart. In The Peace of Blue, the documentarian and nature writer guides you on a lyrical journey to the natural places in Florida and the Caribbean that have been forged and shaped by water. He poetically underscores the vitality of this most essential substance in our lives by showing the many ways in which water-driven landscapes nurture plants, wildlife—and the human spirit.
Experience the thrill of traveling to the remote islands of Cuba and to sacred cenotes in the Dominican Republic. Contemplate the shores of Florida’s rivers and lakes and marvel at swamps and seepage slopes. Immerse yourself in the underwater world of clear, fresh springs, and dive into the deep karst caves that are worlds unto themselves.
Through adventure and contemplative excursions, Belleville shares his contagious respect—and awe—for the singularity and transcendence of the natural world. We are companions in his search for a distinct sense of place, fellow journeymen in his quest to discover within the watery depths a greater awareness that informs and shapes our common identity.
|Publisher:||University Press of Florida|
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About the Author
Bill Belleville is a documentary filmmaker and the author of several books, including Losing It All to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape, Salvaging the Real Florida: Lost and Found in the State of Dreams, and River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River.
Table of Contents
1 A Florida River at Night: The Incredible Lightness of Being 11
2 Wading through the Walt Whitman of Habitats: Scrub and Sandhill 16
3 Me and Buddy and the Speed of Light on a Florida Lake 29
4 Los Roques: Realizing the Timeless Promise of the Unknown 34
5 Spring Hunting in the Native Terrain: A Topography of Wholeness 43
6 Alph the Sacred River: What Will Become of It? 56
7 Emotional Ecotones: From the Windowsill to the Amazon 63
8 Wild Hogs, Bears, and Ancient Acorn Memories in the Landscape 69
9 A Journey of Turtle Eggs, 'Dillos, and So Much More 77
10 Laherinto de las Doce Leguas: A Cuban Labyrinth of Many Choices 82
11 Rooting Like a Hawg in the Understory of Wild 98
12 An Early-Morning Paddle: Upstream with the Comforting Grain 103
13 Saba: A Precipice in a Lonely Turquoise Sea 110
14 Inside a Stained Glass Window, Looking Out 119
15 A Landscape That Remembers 125
16 Producing In Marjorie's Wake: Navigating the Territory between the Hero's Journey and a Floating Opera 129
17 Nurse Sharks in Heat Make an Awful Lot of Noise 149
18 When Blackbirds Glow Scarlet, Just for Now 153
19 Laudonnière Meets the Shrimp Lady: Why Is It So? 157
20 Swimming with the Dragons in the Karst 162
21 Inside the Indian Shore: Treading the Line between Past and Present with Puc Puggy 170
22 A Jungle Tram: The Stirrings of Wildness in the Modern Soul 175
23 Woodland Park: Keeping a Promise "Where, the Mound-Builders Lived" 182
24 Sacred Caves That Hold Fast to Their Secrets: Diving with the Gods 190
25 On Getting to Know the River in Flood 200
26 Riding the Food Chain to the Bottom of the Sea 205
27 Welcome to Our Tropical Winterland 213
28 Steamboats Meet Solastalgia Head-On 218
Epilogue: Keeping Heart Is Far More Important Than Keeping Score 223