Author/photographer Connie Bransilver's work has appeared in local, national, and international publications.
“Ghost story: The world’s rarest orchid in bloom” is the title of BBC Wildlife Magazine’s July 2004 feature. The editors write: “When Connie Bransilver set out to photograph rare orchids in southern Florida, she wasn’t expecting to catch a fever and see a ghost in the process.”
Connie is an accomplished Florida author, internationally known wildlife photographer and naturalist. In the book Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida's Native Orchids, from Westcliffe Publishers, she takes us on a seductive journey through Florida's wetlands. The full color 128-page 9" x 12" hardcover book with 148 fine-art photographs will be alluring to seasoned and beginning orchid lovers and admirers alike.
In Wild Love Affair, orchid-renowned friends and colleagues join Connie; Foreword by Eric Hansen, Preface by Stuart Pimm, Ph.D., Essays by Paul Martin Brown and John Beckner, plus other contributors. Not only is Bransilver's fine-art photography eye-candy, she also has a way of pleasantly, and sometimes humorously, educating us along the way. After all, we are talking about fertilization. "Orchids are undeniably erotic. They are both male and female in form." "Orchids cannot walk, run, crawl, swim, fly or leap to meet their lovers." "Orchids have learned-evolved to trick mobile creatures into serving them, sometimes by offering nectar rewards."
Connie Bransilver: Author/photographer Connie Bransilver's work has appeared in local, national, and international publications. Click here to know more about Connie.
FLORIDA'S UNSUNG WILDERNESS: THE SWAMPS invites the reader to explore the exquisite beauty of southwest Florida's swamplands.
Through brilliant photography and prose that is both evocative and informative, this book highlights the diversity and complexity of this unique, water-dependent environment.
Dr. Jane Goodall, in her Foreword, brings attention to the parallels between local and global natural environments under assault and her reasons for hope in the future. Separate chapters highlight the area's diverse flora and fauna, including panthers, alligators, mosquitoes, swamp foxes, bee-swarm orchids and a variety of birds, among other critters.
The accompanying narrative takes a poetic tone while illustrating each life form's role in this many-faceted ecosystem. World Wildlife Fund President, Kathryn S. Fuller, praises the book's "sound science, moving prose and stirring images remind us that the Everglades is not the only south Florida wilderness we must save."
Photographer, motivational lecturer, Dewitt Jones, says the authors "have created a book of haunting beauty. It is a celebration of a most special landscape and a call to arms for its protection. With photos and words, they have created a song for this 'unsung wilderness.' What a gift!"
Authors/photographers Connie Bransilver and Larry Richardson, both living in Naples, Florida, lift the veil on this magical land and paint a vivid picture of their vision of a place and a time remembered and experienced, in fact or in imagination.
Miami Herald Posted on May 16, 2004
Intimate dance among orchids.
"Even if you have not slogged into the Big Cypress National Preserve or Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, South Florida's swamps will come alive for you."
Naples Daily News Posted April 17, 2004
To Florida's Orchids With Love
"Connie Bransilver's new book, 'Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida's Native Orchids,' which was scheduled for publication in mid-April (Westcliff Publishers; $40), promises more than a look at the world of orchids.
Naples Sun Times Posted on May 05, 2004
Bransilver's photography is wild, beautiful and rare.
"Telephoto lens and camera balanced precariously in hands stretched above her head, cool swamp water seeps under her clothes and rises toward her chin..."
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Posted on May 18, 2004
Book tells of rare beauties in swamp.
"Nature photographer Connie Bransilver grew up in the New Mexico desert, but she fell in love, unexpectedly, with the Florida rainforest and the animals and orchids that inhabit it."
theledger.com - Lakeland Florida -June 18, 2004
Florida Orchiod Book Is inspiring.
"Shadow witches, crested coralroots, ladies' tresses and pine pinks. These are the evocative names of a few of Florida's hundred-plus native orchid species -- living jewels that, in many cases, are on the verge of extinction."