Polly and Melanie on the Oregon Coast

Melanie Choukas-Bradley has enjoyed a thirty-five year collaboration with artist and botanist Polly Alexander of Burlington, Vermont. The two University of Vermont graduates collaborated on the first editions of City of Trees during the  late 1970s and 1980s and they created a third fully revised and updated edition published in 2008 (University of Virginia Press).

Melanie and Tina at the MD Champion
Sycamore Tree in Dickerson, MD

Melanie has collaborated with artist and naturalist Tina Thieme Brown of Barnesville, Maryland since the mid-1990s, when they began work on two books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland: Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore (2003, 2004) and An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland (2004, 2007). Both titles are published by the University of Virginia Press. They continue to lead field trips together for the Audubon Naturalist Society and other organizations.

Susan and Melanie in Rock Creek Park
Photo by Judy Licht

Melanie is currently collaborating with photographer Susan Austin Roth on a book project about the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC was  published by George F. Thompson Publishing (Fall 2014). A limited slip-cased and signed edition with 89 color photographs is distributed by GFT Publishing and a softcover edition with 32 full pages of color photographs is distributed by the University of Virginia Press. “A Capital Transition,” a story and photo essay about the transition of winter to spring in Rock Creek Park, is featured in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of American Forests Magazine (text by Melanie and photos by Susan). “A Creek Runs Through It,” a story and photo essay about Rock Creek, was featured in the September/October 2008 issue of Bethesda Magazine (text by Melanie and photos by Susan). Susan also contributed photos to the 2008 edition of City of Trees as did collaborating photographers Lorne Peterson and Ryan Daniels. Ryan also served as photo editor for the latest edition of the book.

Nature photographs by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Polly Alexander.


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