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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the world's preeminent botanic parks. It is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida.

Fairchild was founded by Robert H.Montgomery (an attorney with a passion for collecting plants) and first opened to the public in 1938. It was named after his friend, David Fairchild (1869-1954), who was one of the greatest plant explorers of all time. The park has an extensive collection of rare tropical plants, and is home to numerous botanical science programs, focusing on research and species and habitat conservation projects aimed at understanding and preserving tropical plant biodiversity.

Although I do not live in the Miami area, I visit many times a year because of family in the area; and always make at least a few treks to Fairchild with my camera. For me, Fairchild represents a meditative oasis filled with a spiritual, resplendent beauty.

This book contains 53 black and white and 15 color images that capture some of my most cherished tranquil "Fairchild moments," and represents an intimate fine-art photographer's view of the park. All photographs were taken between 2000 and 2008.

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About the Author

andrew ilachinski
ilachina Northern Virginia, USA

A Ph.D. physicist specializing in complex adaptive systems, Andy Ilachinski spends most of his free time with a camera.

A founding member of Lorton Arts Foundation's Workhouse Photographic Society in 2009 (near Occoquan, VA), his photographs have won numerous awards, have been exhibited in many juried solo and group shows, and hang in galleries, businesses, and private homes.

Featured in Lenswork magazine four times, in Black & White twice, Andy has won numerous awards in Black & White magazine's portfolio and single-image contests and the prestigious B&W Spider awards, and won the book contest sponsored by the UK Black + White Photography magazine in 2007.

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