Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Deer Tracks and Dragonflies

I have a book!

Well, not really a book book, in that it's only been printed, not published, in the sense that there was no editor, gatekeeper, or ISBN number.

But it's got 52 pages of essays and drawings and information about the natural world at Viles Arboretum in Augusta.

 The book was the capstone project I completed during my Maine Master Naturalist training program.

For each month of the year, there is a short essay, or vignette, and a two-page spread of some aspect of nature that you can see at the Arboretum at that time of year.

My goal was to make the book both accessible to those with little or no natural history knowledge, but also interesting to those already familiar with the natural world. I'm not sure if I hit that sweet spot or not, but I had a lot of fun writing and illustrating it, and of course wandering the Arboretum for research. The books will be available in the Viles Arboretum gift shop very soon, if not already. I hope to have a reading and book signing event in the fall, about which I'll keep you posted. And if they become available for online purchase, I'll let you know that as well.


  1. It's a beautiful book - I'm so happy that it'll be available through Viles! Congratulations on a job very well done!

  2. This is WONDERFUL, Andrea! I've always dreamed of doing something like this. Brava!

  3. Wow, congratulations! It looks beautiful. And do let us know if they are available online, I would love to have one.

  4. You are an inspiration! Great work with such passion and style.

  5. Andrea, that's gorgeous! Great artwork and my favorite topic! Beautifully done! Congratulations!

  6. Congrats, Andrea! It looks amazing!
    Please do let us know if/when it is available. I would love to have one.

  7. Congrats Andrea! What a beautiful book... make sure you let us know when it hits the book store. Maine and Quebec wildlife and flora are so similar, I'm sure my kiddos would learn alot. I would love to get a copy!

    Your illustrations are gorgeous.

  8. This looks so wonderful, Andrea! We haven't been to the arboretum in a while. We are due for a visit and we would definitely come to hear a book reading and to get a copy. Congratulations!

    1. Thanks, Monique! I hope to get a reading scheduled as soon as I get back to ME!


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