‘Spectacular gems’: Learn about our dune lakes in new book

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

She came back down to the Gulf and added more dimensions with information about our state parks and preserves within a mile of the coast, as well as the outflow and intermingling of salt water and fresh water, which makes the lakes brackish.

During her research, Sinton said she never saw any alligators but did see a black bear cross the road while driving down State Road 20. She also spotted a white snake at Grayton that was as white as the sand.

In the book, "Rare Coastal Dune Lakes: Biodiversity and a Sense of Home on 30A," Sinton mentions some of the area's locals who live on the lakes and what she learned from them. Such as Hank White, who lives on Alligator Cove and has seen 15 deer in his back yard.

The book took a year to write and she finished last July. She calls it an instructional tool and guide that shows visually how to respect the Coastal Dune Lakes and water, with some of her personal snippets and anecdotes of her time spent here.

"But, I tried not to make it too much about me," she said.

 The book is a 112-page softbound coffee table book, with full color photos of the lakes, their ecosystems, and the wildlife that calls the scenic corridor home.

“When I realized a few years ago what spectacular gems the lakes are, and that this area is one of the most bio-diverse spots in the country, I decided it was worth capturing with words and photos,” she says. “Many people know of the lakes, but don’t understand why they are so special. Hopefully, my little book will help.”

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