Florida’s Changing Waters

A Beautiful World in Peril

Lynne Buchanan

Lynne Buchanan began photographing Florida's inland waters to create artistic records of her connection with those waters and to learn lessons from being in the present moment and aligning with the flow of life.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
George F Thompson Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Robert L. Knight Ph.D., Jason M. Evans Ph.D
Illustration :
130 color photographs by the author
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781938086618
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 10.5 X 12 inches
Stock Status : In stock


"Buchanan's beautifully rendered volume is a must-have for environmentalists and conservationists.” — Publishers Weekly

Lynne Buchanan began photographing Florida’s inland waters to create artistic records of her connection with those waters and to learn lessons from being in the present moment and aligning with the flow of life. The more time she spent photographing waterways in her native Florida, the more she noticed what was being damaged and lost due to human impact. She resolved to draw attention to the situation through her photography and to work with water-quality and environmental advocates, from members of the Waterkeeper Alliance to Native American citizens fighting to preserve the integrity of their ancestral lands and drinking water.

The result is Florida’s Changing Waters, which not only showcases the beauty, diversity, and complexity of Florida’s waters, but also documents the negative effects of agricultural and industrial pollution, a growing population with its urban growth and land development, and climate change on Florida’s inland and coastal waters and springs. Though her work is place specific, the book reveals the interconnected and global nature of environmental problems. Indeed, Florida’s fragile springs, wetlands, rivers, and coastal waters can be considered a tragic and powerful example of what is happening to aquatic systems elsewhere in the nation and world as a result of unchecked human action.

Buchanan’s photographs invite viewers to consider their personal relationship to water and encourage better stewardship of this vital––and finite––resource. They are also a call to action to find more effective ways to preserve these waterways for both their natural beauty and essential role in our survival.

About The Author

Lynne Buchanan, a native Floridian, is a photographer now based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fogartyville Arts and Media Center in Sarasota, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts, and 516 Arts in Albuquerque. She has been affiliated with the Waterkeeper Alliance since 2013.

Robert L. Knight, Ph.D., is an environmental scientist/systems ecologist with more than thirty-five years of experience as an aquatic and wetlands ecologist in Florida. He is the founder and director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, which is co-located with the North Florida Springs Environmental Center in High Springs, Florida.

Jason M. Evans, Ph.D., is an associate professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. He is currently working with local governments along the southeastern U.S. coast on adaptation to a rising sea level. He also has extensive experience in the ecology, management, and restoration of Florida springs


"Lynne Buchanan’s photographs expose the toxic destruction of Florida’s inland waters and coastal areas in a devastating indictment of unrestrained industrialization and reckless development."

- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Stirring images of areas like Central Florida’s Johnson Springs capture a fading beauty still visible through the muck and slime, and help reinforce Buchanan’s argument that Florida’s waters are rapidly running out of time. Rounding out the volume are insightful essays by ecologist Robert L. Knight and Stetson University professor Jason M. Evans, the latter noting that with climate change, “it will be impossible to return Florida’s waterways and natural ecosystems to some historical ‘pristine’ state.” Buchanan’s beautifully rendered volume is a must-have for environmentalists and conservationists.”

- Publishers Weekly

"The transformative power of water becomes an environmental cautionary tale in Lynne Buchanan’s “Florida’s Changing Waters: A Beautiful World in Peril.” With the passion of an investigative reporter, Buchanan documents the fragile state of flora and fauna in imminent danger of devastation from the poisoning of Florida’s springs, wetlands, rivers and coastal waters."

- Suzanne Révy and Elin Spring, What Will You Remember?

“Florida’s landscape is unforgettable and irreplaceable, and one can traverse through swampland near low-lying rivers and walk barefoot along sandy shores surrounding the entire state. Photographer Lynne Buchanan has spent years documenting the aesthetics of this environment.”

- Sarasota Magazine

"Buchanan’s stirring images of broad, hopeful horizons and the tenacity of nature contrast terrifying close-ups of human impacts: fecal coliform bacteria imperiling a residential bayou; a sugar-cane ditch draining phosphates and nitrates into Lake Okeechobee; manatees struggling to breathe in toxic algae blooms. 'Florida’s Changing Waters' captures a fading beauty, still visible, but rapidly running out of time."

- South by Southeast

"The photographs in Changing Waters are a document of what is happening and a call to action to preserve these resources for the importance of both their natural beauty and essential role in our survival."

- Lens Scratch

"It spoke to me, a haunting, beautiful and a terrible testimony to the water loss and damage done to the chain of life by human impact. Buy this book for yourself or your favorite environmental warrior. Buy another copy for your library. Take it to your book club. Discuss. Digest then take action. A beautiful world is in peril."

- Saturday Morning Magazine

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