by David J. Gubernick (photography) and Vern Yadon (commentary and data)
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and Carmel Publishing Co., 2002
198 pages, $28
This visually seductive book is organized around the six botanical regions of Monterey County, with a single page devoted to each flower. The opulent full-page, full-color photographs are accompanied by a brief description of preferred habitat, growing season, and other traits. At the back of the book, the flowers are also indexed by color with thumbnail photographs. Far too beautiful to be taken on field trips, this book will instead entice you out into the field to see these blooms with your own eyes.