The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys

The Peace of Blue: Water Journeys

by Bill Belleville

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813047713
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB

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

Introduction 1

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

Acknowledgments 228

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