paper, 231 p., $34.95
For anyone interested in the natural world, it is hard to imagine a more beautiful book than this one. Nor one that takes you on a more fascinating and informative journey through the state of California’s wild gardens. Certainly no state is more diversified in its share of natural wonders, as this book makes abundantly clear — mountains, forest, seacoast, deserts, grasslands — California has them all. If you do nothing more than look at the photographs (and you’ll never see more beautiful wildflower photography!) you’ll love this book.