The Fountains of St. Mark is a love story, a legacy to be cherished and held fast. Ron Coley's images illustrate the fragility and strength of this spiritual place. The essays speak to the new world that is waiting for each of us under the rocks in our own backyards.
The Fountains of St. Mark, Texas hill country artesian springs, are the source of the San Marcos River. These springs create a 16-acre lake, inhabited by humans for more than 12,000 years, making it one of the oldest continually inhabited sites in North America.
Eight essays narrate the book, and more than 100 underwater photographs - most using stunning natural light - take the reader on an aquatic adventure in living color. Eight Janet Skaggs Hardin paintings, inspired by Coley's photography, provide the foundation for this love story.
A Camelot essence flows through Coley's book, as he dares to believe that these springs will last far longer than for one brief shining moment.
– Diana Finlay Hendricks