Deepest thanks for your beautiful book — and for all you are doing to celebrate and protect the glorious fresh water springs and rivers of Texas — and the waters of the world. The San Marcos Springs is one of the wonders of the world and you have captured its essence masterfully. I am looking forward…Read More
The Fountains of Saint Mark creates a view of earth and its marvels that will astound all. I truly enjoyed viewing and ‘reading’ Ron Coley’s new book. My entire day was blessed as I turned each page of his life’s work “The Fountains of Saint Mark”. It is a beautiful tribute to our water planet…Read More
Ron Coley’s fascinating book, The Fountains of Saint Mark may be the best book of the year for anyone interested in underwater archaeology, history, natural history, underwater photography … have I left any thing out? The beautiful underwater photographs and the compelling story of the San Marcos cultural and scientific attraction is worth a read for professional and the general public alike. Before delving into this jewel, I admit I was perplexed by the title which was apparent early in the book. The writing about a complex ecosystem and the history surrounding it was lucid and easy to understand and magnetic enough to put San Marcos and the springs in my travel plans. Although I have photographed under water many places in the world, nothing I have seen or done compares to the logistical difficulties facing Coley as the presents this wonderful natural asset to the world above.
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Ron Coley has poured his life’s passion into this comprehensive book about the springs of San Marcos. A visual feast, it is a complete narrative study of the past, present and future of this seriously endangered national treasure. One can only hope that the next generation will love and protect these springs as much as…Read More
Growing up in San Marcos, I swam in Spring Lake and worked at Aquarena. Until I saw more of the world, I did not realize what a uniquely wonderful and magical place it was. I have treasured the memory of those days. But until Ron Coley did The Fountains of Saint Mark, I had never…Read More
Modern man is about to discover that WATER IS LIFE! It is very possible that Spring Lake will be the battleground that marks the turning point of the management of fresh water resources in America. The battle for ground water, instream flows and the conjunctive use of surface water, combined with aquifer supplies, has been…Read More
This book takes me far higher than a bird’s eye view—and shows me the full geologic scope of the place. It also brings me down to the most intimate close-up sight of the most elusive creatures living underneath the surface and far down at the bottom. That’s the great gift in this book—the chance to…Read More
A clinging plant, Texas wild-rice (Zizania texana) is uniquely suited to life in the fast-flowing headwaters of the San Marcos River. Its long thin leaves offer little resistance to the turbulent flows, moving and streaming right along with the vortex of water. The worldwide population of this aquatic grass exists within a three-mile reach downstream…Read More
A shaft of sunlight shines into a high pressure spring chasm through the viewing well of Spring Lake’s vintage 1945 glass-bottom boat. As water rushes up from below, it scours the surface of the facing incline, preventing the accumulation of plants.Read More
Hiding during the day under five feet of soft sediment, an American eel (Anguilla rostrata) emerges at night to hunt. Having a keen sense of smell, eels depend on scent to find food. The American eel is a generalist species that colonizes a wide range of habitats. Its diet is therefore extremely diverse and includes…Read More
For Texas Hill Country naturalists, this book is a must have for your personal library. Ron’s knowledge and love for the springs is evident in his beautiful underwater photography. – Joe Griffis Smith Photo Editor Texas Highways Magazine/retired 2016Read More
Just finished reading your book. What a magnificent labor of love. Outstanding writing, photography and artwork. Thanks for all you have done for our community — it’s past, present and future. All my best to you and Jan and congratulations again on a job incredibly well done. – Mark Hendricks Director of Media Relations Texas…Read More
A sweet compote of Texas history, natural science, and personal reminiscences, Ron Coley’s new book, “The Fountains of Saint Mark – The Amazing San Marcos Springs,” delivers an illuminating and satisfying experience. Coley has long been associated with projects to preserve and restore these historic waters, making him the perfect voice to share their stories and importance. Adding to the enjoyment, his first-person text is highlighted with both photography and water color paintings. Truly water is life…and this excellent book, revealing Ron Coley’s immense knowledge and love for the place, brings the magic of The San Marcos Springs alive.
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The underwater world includes not only oceans, but also freshwater aquifers, rivers, and springs that are home to a hidden array of amazing colorful plants, animals, and rock formations that can only be glimpsed if one looks beneath the surface. Ron Coley’s book takes us down Texas’s San Marcos River system and reveals this enchanted…Read More