Reflections of Blue Cypress, 2nd Edition

Explore Reflections of Blue Cypress through this short video narrated by Richard & Juanita Baker featuring photographs from the book.

Reflections of Blue Cypress: Photographs, History, and Poems of the Headwater Lake of the St. Johns River by Richard H. Baker & Juanita N. Baker with a Forward by George Schaller. [124 pages]

Want to savor a place that is uniquely preserved in Florida? This book with amazing color photographs, history, ecology, archeology, poetry, and local lore captures the essence of this unique Lake, the headwaters to the mighty St. John’s River.

Authors Drs. Richard & Juanita Baker have spent many years canoeing the lake and its surrounding wetlands, studying the plants and wildlife along with researching the local history and the archeology of the area. The result is this volume – the only popular book currently in print about Blue Cypress Lake, one of Florida’s premium fishing spots for bluegill, black crappie, and largemouth bass.

In keeping with their love of nature and efforts to preserve wild areas, both authors have mandated that all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Pelican Island Audubon Society.

Take a peek inside Reflections of Blue Cypress by viewing these sample pages!

  • High quality paperback with many pages of glossy photographs of Blue Cypress Lake and its flora & fauna
  • All photos taken from the author’s canoe
  • Poetry accompanies the photographs and conveys the mystery of this special place
  • Thoroughly referenced text describes the current state of the lake, its natural and anthropological history, and the environmental issues facing the lake today
  • Appendix of common plants found at the lake
  • Appendix of birds sighted at the lake


Richard H. Baker, Ph.D. is former director of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, a division of the University of Florida. He is currently serving as president of the Pelican Island Audubon Society of Vero Beach, Florida.

Since 1984, Juanita N. Baker, Ph.D., is a retired Associate Professor of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, where she directed the Family Learning Program, a counseling program for sexually abused children. She has recently published a book about Florida Birds called Florida Birds Exposed: Pelican Island Audubon Society Bird Photos of the Month Introducing Florida Birds

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