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Day Hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains: From Los Angeles to Point Mugu, Including the Entire Backbone Trail, first edition
By Robert Stone
480 pages, 174 maps, $21.95.
Included in this new guide are 138 day hikes throughout the Santa Monica Range, with an additional section of 13 hikes that traverse the full length of the 68-mile Backbone Trail in day hike segments. Highlights include fantastic sandstone landscapes, cool retreats along stream-fed canyons, gorges, waterfalls, coastal bluffs, filming locations, historic sites and numerous 360-degree overlooks. Several hikes are found in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, including a hike up to the famous “HOLLYWOOD” sign. Extensive hiking options are included for the other major centerpiece parks within the Santa Monica Mountains — Topanga State Park, Malibu Creek State Park, and Point Mugu State Park.
Joan Wulff’s New Fly-casting Techniques
By Joan Salvato Wulff
Lyons Press, www.lyonspress.com, 224 pages; $24.95.
In its first edition, “Joan Wulff’s Fly-Casting Techniques” became an instant classic, revolutionizing the art form of fly-casting and changing how an entire generation approached the sport. With improvments and refinements on her original techniques, this is a richly illustrated guide that offers precise terms for every
part of the cast, with sections on line speed, improving accuracy and distance, loop control, and much more.
Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How
By Paul Gill and Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Analemma Press, www.wildinarizona.com, 224 pages, 280 color photographs; soft cover, $24.95; e-book $9.95.
Filled with more than 280 inspirational photographs, this guidebook showcases 60 of the most beautiful places to see wildflowers across Arizona. It features 60 different flower types, provides 17 instructional photography tips, and offers a bloom calendar to help plan your visit. Easy-to-follow maps and directions for each location ensure photographers, writers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts see the blooms in the right place at the right time.
Professional outdoor photographers Samantha Chrysanthou and Darwin Wiggett recently proclaimed, “Wild in Arizona is one of the best photography guide books we’ve seen published in a long while.”
Wood Duck Adventures
By F. Eugene Hester
Five Valleys Press, www.FiveValleysPress.com, 44 pages, 38 color photos; hardcover, $19.99.
The wood duck is our most beautiful of all waterfowl, and for fifty years F. Eugene Hester observed and recorded their exciting lives. He and his companions erected wood duck nest boxes and observed nesting activities. By banding the ducks and applying web tags to ducklings, they gained interesting and unexpected insight into the lives of these ducks. Excellent photography enhance the observations. F. Eugene Hester is a freelance writer, photographer, wood duck researcher and former professor at North Carolina State University. He lives in Springfield, Va.♦