Brisbane: Friends of Mary Cairncross, 202o. Quarto, colour illustrations.
This extraordinary book has no photographs or technical jargon. It takes the reader on a journey of discovery through Jinibara country, Maleny’s famous Gondwanan rainforest with over 100 stunning paintings, drawings and artworks, including the delicate botanical watercolours of Louise Saunders, traditional Jinibara and Gubbi-Gubbi artwork and the stunning, hyper-real birds of Sally Elmer.
Tim Flannery describes The Magic of Mary Cairncross as science by stealth, a way to educate through beautiful images, fascinating information and engaging, easy-to-read stories. With a focus on the unique ecosystem that is the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Dr Les Hall brought together many of the Sunshine Coast region’s finest artists, scientists, naturalists and storytellers in a celebration of art and nature.