BOOKS and PUBLICATIONS
NEW 2013 EDITION Written and Illustrated by: Todd Ballantine
A 30 YEAR BEST SELLER for publisher University of South Carolina Press
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By the Author…
The Story of Tideland Treasure
I DISCOVERED at a very early age that the Great Outdoors was my soul refuge. I grew up wading in many waters: the Great Lakes, Cuba’s Caribbean Sea, the mighty Pacific, and the fertile Atlantic tidewaters of Hilton Head Island. I explored, usually solo, beaches, dunes, and inlets. I came to know the coastal rocks, shells, and wildlife as familiar totems—guides into the complex and powerful world of nature. Many years have passed, and I still trust my guides. The peace and power of nature are a gift to us all. They must be shared and respected. This is why I created my book: Tideland Treasure.
I grew up in an artistic family. At school I was an incessant doodler and I loved to write stories in my mind. When stories are shared, like food and music, everyone wins. And so, I began my professional career as a naturalist-guide, leading people of all ages on discovery walks on the vast Atlantic Ocean beaches of Hilton Head Island. Often, the group numbered 100 persons, or more. To start, I gathered the kids and asked them to be our “critter scouts.” They would find fantastic sea life blobs and gobs awash on the beach, alert the group, and we’d all gather around. I would share a “year in the life” account for each creature.
I wrote and illustrated each page of Tideland Treasure only after discovering a species or a place with others. My calligraphy and hand-lettered text honors the great naturalist’s journal form practiced by Thoreau, Audubon and Muir. I’m pleased that so many schools use my book in science and art classes. The artwork and calligraphy calls to the right brain. And when the right brain beckons discovery, the left-brain investigates. The book includes plenty of information for research. Every bit of sea life has its own story. Once you link stories on the shore, you awaken to the grand unity of all living things in every habitat. May this book be the key to discovering your own Tideland Treasure.
“Tideland Treasure is an illustrated guide to the beaches and marshes of the Eastern United States coast, encompassing seashores and wetlands from Ocean City, New Jersey, to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Rich with true to life illustrations and hand-written text, this handsome guidebook captures the nature of the sea, beach, salt marsh, plants, and animals of the region in an easy to understand text. Common names are used to make the information memorable for casual beachcombers and amateur naturalists alike. This newly expanded edition includes fifty new color illustrations, a new foreword, five new essays, a new glossary of tideland terms, and a new index of common and scientific names of species.”
~ University of South Carolina Press
“These more than 400 hand-drawn and hand lettered entries are part fascinating biology lesson and part meditation on the complex coastal ecology. With a tone and vocabulary suitable for both adult and young readers, Ballantine delves into…mosquitoes, stone crabs, sandpipers, seaweed, sharks, mudflats, shells, and even the winds and rains and currents that bring the most dramatic changes to the coast.” ~ Southern Living
“For amateur naturalists, there is no better guide to Southern shores than this “tideland treasure.” ~ Virginia Quarterly Review
“A useful addition to the gear of every beachcomber who wants to understand more of what he or she sees. It provides the ‘how’ and ‘why’ to supplement the simple field guide description and has much to offer any curious resident or tourist.” ~ Naturalist News
“For 30 years, Tideland Treasure has served as a paperback bible for understanding the creatures, plants and marshes of the Lowcountry shoreline. After numerous printings and sales in the six figures, the University of South Carolina Press has released an expanded edition of Todd Ballantine’s classic book. It’s the all-time second-best-seller for USC Press and is a staple in homes all along the Atlantic coastline….”
~ David Lauderdale, The Island Packet
Woodland Walks: Everyman’s Guide to the Forestscapes of Hilton Head Island
Written and Illustrated by: Todd Ballantine
By the Author…
The Story of Woodland Walks
In 1976, I wrote and published WOODLAND WALKS, an illustrated guidebook to the forests, wetlands, and seaside wildlife of the Carolina Coastal Plain. Hilton Head Island, the largest island on the Southeast Coast, is the book’s setting. This book also employs the naturalist’s journal style of handwritten text with original illustrations. Woodland Walks reflects all the discoveries found when I guided thousands of newcomers and families on nature walks through the forests, along lakeshores, and over swamps in the wild, beautiful Sea Pines Forest Preserve. We hiked, rode horses, and sometimes bicycled down the winding trails through former rice plantation lands dating to the early 1800s. When you read Woodland Walks, you’ll find that each page is an animated conversation about something you may never have seen before—something impressively large and fast, something ancient and mysterious, something quirky: such is Nature on a Woodland Walk.
To order: Out of Print; Available on Amazon.com
|Berkeley Hall Nature Handbook
Client: Berkeley Hall
Once home to antebellum cotton fields, the private Berkeley Hall Golf Club Community berkeleyhallclub.com provides a homeowner’s dream-come-true environment. As part of our extensive environmental educational program new residents receive our thoroughly researched, hand illustrated Berkeley Hall Nature Handbook. The Handbook introduces newcomers to the local natural environment, cultural history, and the intriguing story of how the development was created.
|Berkeley Hall Greenway Trails Map
Client: Berkeley Hall
The Greenway Trails Map is a full color, illustrated guide pointing out distinctive areas in Berkeley Hall, rich with trails, overlooks, multi-use pathways, waterways and boardwalks. Curious, nature-loving homeowners and prospective buyers use the Map to explore this outstanding neck of the woods. Berkeley Hall sales and marketing departments include the alluring Greenway Trails Map in collateral material to showcase the developer’s commitment to this special locale.
|Colleton River Plantation Club Discovery Map: Land and water, people and place
Client: Colleton River Plantation Club
Our full color Discovery Map leads residents and prospective homeowners of Colleton River Plantation Club along a journey of twelve waypoints. Each stop tells the story of its unique feature: a rookery, the journey of the adjoining three-rivers, and the colorful life and times of former owners, dating back to 1663. Read more information about ways Colleton River Plantation Club uses the Map for sales, marketing and connecting it residents with their community.
|Hampton Lake Field Guide
Client: Hampton Lake Community
Riddle: What does a developer do with a large tract of land slated and designed to become a new golf community….when the demand for golf plummets?
Answer: He imagines a new course! Not a hazard course, but an innovative, one of a kind, freshwater lake community. He uses the golf course footprint to create the lakes. The lakes provide fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife habitat, nature trails, and other recreation.
How do prospective homeowners and residents learn about this new type of development and habitat? They enjoy their new locality with our custom book: Hampton Lake Field Guide. Printed on waterproof paper, the guide accompanies explorers by land or lake. Written and designed in a naturalist notebook style, it acquaints newcomers with greenways and blueways…the gems of their new home.
|The Land Between the Rivers: The History of the Sun City Hilton Head Area
Client: Sun City Hilton Head, SC | By: Del Webb
Imagine: and your spouse, now empty nesters, are relocating to one of the most coveted 55+ communities in the U.S. You’ve come from “up north” where the winters have sent you “down south.” And you would like to know more about your new home—Sun City Hilton Head. Our illustrated, informative guide helps newcomers learn about their South Carolina Lowcountry environs and culture. Homeowners feel connected to the Lowcounty area by discovering its intriguing history, natural features, and how this popular coastal community came to be. You’ll understand that 55+ means that you’re just getting started in a whole new adventure.
|The Westin EcoTour Handbook
Client: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
Our “Westin Eco-Tour Handbook” was written and illustrated for hotel guests participating in the Ecotour program we developed for this beachfront resort. Curious visitors learn about the rich environment surrounding the area; how the Union Army captured Hilton Head Island, and its navy protected nearby Port Royal Sound.
EcoTourism is educational travel that gives visitors a much deeper experience of place and benefits indigenous populations.
|Hilton Head Island Eco Map
Client: The Southeastern Ecological Institute
When you visit a resort or resort town, you might receive a basic roadmap bordered with advertising and discount deals. But have you ever received an Eco-Map? It is a customized graphic guide we have created to educate visitors of all ages, and help them discover the Island’s history, natural habitats and points of interest…historical, cultural, environmental, wildlife.
Visitors to a resort community come to recreate, to learn, to deepen their understanding of the place, and of course to have fun! Research shows that all generations enjoy their experience more when they feel at home while on vacation. The EcoMap IS the roadmap providing this experience.
|Reclaimed Water: Working With Nature on Hilton Head Island
Client: Hilton Head Public Service Distric
How many water utilities have a great story to tell? How many of us receive this story told in a full-size? Our long-time client, Hilton Head Public Service District (HHPSD) commissioned us to do just that. Thus, the Reclaimed Water book was born.
Our book shares the exciting, successful practice employed by HHPSD to use highly treated domestic water to restore rare wetlands. The utility uses this recycled water to irrigate local golf courses, saving freshwater for homes. Reclaimed Water is filled with photographs, illustrations and information about the critical importance of wetlands and using water wisely. After all, humans pay for water in dollars; wetlands pay by protecting our homes and communities from storm water, flooding, pollution, noise…and by giving us majestic, ancient places to visit.