From the Introduction:
Wild Waters is a pictorial and written journal illustrating a handful of vibrant and
diverse aquatic ecosystems—Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, Lembeh Strait
and Bali; Brazil’s Bonito region; Mexico’s Guadalupe Island; and my home for the
last twenty years, South Florida.
On a global scale, these locations cover insignificant, minute territory, but they are
unique and contribute exponentially to our planet’s richness. These hotspots of
biological wealth deserve our immediate attention and care. At the very least, people
should be aware of them to understand what’s at stake when our actions threaten
When I began this project two years ago, I purposely chose these places because
they are where I like to photograph—the more remote and unknown, the better. Well,
how about Bali and Florida? Believe me, they can still be rediscovered and
photographed from an entirely new perspective. Fortunately, there’s a lot of
wild left in both, especially below the waterline.
I consider this is my best work so far. Wild Waters showcases celebratory images
as well as those depicting our heavy and messy footprints on the natural world.
These photos are more relevant than ever because they can inspire us to makes
things better. As you follow my bubbles in Wild Waters, I hope you enjoy my images
as much as I enjoyed making them.
Michael Patrick O'Neill
8.5 x 11 inches (landscape)
Hardcover with dust jacket; 116 pages
$29.95; Ages 12 and up