Irvine Co. releasing picture book

The Irvine Co. on Thursday will release a 208-page picture book containing more than 150 large-scale color photos of flora, fauna and landscape that can be seen in conserved parts of the Irvine Ranch land holdings.

"Southern California Coastal Mountains to the Sea: A Celebration of Open Space on the Historic Irvine Ranch," features photography by David R. Stoecklein, including images of Crystal Cove State Park and Newport Beach's "Back Bay" area. Stoecklein is a four-time winner, including in 2011, of True West magazine's "Best Living Photographer of the West" award, according to his website.

The Irvine Co. commissioned Stoecklein to train his camera on unspoiled corners and vistas among the 50,000 acres of open space donated by the developer to the people of Orange County for permanent preservation. The land makes up more than half of the surface area of the 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch, according to a news release from Irvine Co.

"Southern California Coastal Mountains to the Sea" can be pre-ordered by going to Proceeds from sales of the book, which costs $47.50, will go to the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. However, orders won't begin shipping until the Oct. 20 release date.

Book signings will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Laguna Beach Books, at The Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Hwy.; and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Barnes & Noble store at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

—Imran Vittachi

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