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My book, Beneath the Garden State: Exploring Aquatic New Jersey is now available and I have started shipping. All shipping for orders now in hand should be complete before the end of this week so if you have ordered, you will be receiving your books soon. I set this page up for you to come and express your opinion about the book. Please be honest and provide any comment that you want. Don’t be afraid to hurt my feelings (or to make me feel good, also). I will be sending emails to people that received the book and ask them to post their opinions on this page. This will be the only use of your email address and you won’t hear from me again. If you like, you can post your opinion on my Facebook page also.

If you don’t have my book and the opinions convince you that you should have one, please go to my book page and place your order.

So bring it on!

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17 Comments so far »

  1. Marty & Marcelle Dick
    3:44 pm on April 23rd, 2012

    Spectacular book. One-of-a-kind photos. Superbly assembled and organized. If you dive New Jersey you MUST have this book.

  2. Steve & Debbie Cox
    8:29 am on April 24th, 2012

    This is an awsome book,you would never think all of these beautiful pictures were taken off the Jersey Shore. Great job.

  3. Scottie Franklin
    10:22 am on April 24th, 2012

    Hi Herb,

    The book is beautiful. As many years as I have been diving in NJ, I haven’t seen several of the critters you displayed. I will slow down,look more carefully, and with you help, make a correct identification. Thank you.

  4. Georgina Lentini
    11:00 am on April 24th, 2012

    Hi – wow!! You are amazing… the book is great!

  5. Joe Pakan
    4:03 pm on April 25th, 2012

    The book is spectacular, I just received the first book, it came in great condition, the package was perfect. Thanks Joe P

  6. Roger Cooper
    12:19 pm on April 27th, 2012

    As a long time New Jersey wreck diver it was great to be able to show friends what I see down there in that “cold murky water”. Better yet, I now have some names to put to many of these life forms, for example I now know that the Leidy’s Comb Jelly, my companion on many hangs at 15′, is making that amazing display by light diffraction caused by moving cilia.

  7. Tom Robinson
    1:03 pm on April 28th, 2012

    It was good to see you and Ronnie at BTS! The book arrived yesterday and I looked at every page before I got in the house. I am looking forward to showing your pictures to all interested people, divers will remember things that they have seen during dives and see things that they have missed because of their focus on lobster, fish, or artifacts. Non-divers will be able to see things that divers describe but great pictures bring the descriptions to life. Your book will be on my coffee table and will be a great excuse to talk more about diving and the plentiful sea life in the ocean off New Jersey.

  8. Barbara bartlett
    2:43 pm on April 29th, 2012

    The pictures are outstanding. They are decent sized, detailed, and close-up. I plan on using the book in my classroom when I teach the differences between mollusks and crustaceans. Also, I will use it when I teach my students about fish.

  9. Art Nelson
    11:19 am on May 2nd, 2012

    Hey Herb,
    What a great book!! I live with these critters during the season, then again off-season, in my studio.
    What a great book to fill in the gaps and use as a fact finder. I am about to order a second one as a birthday gift for
    my son. He is “infected”, too!

  10. Al Guzzo
    6:55 pm on May 2nd, 2012

    Not since my high school yearbook has a printing event engendered in me such glee and heartfelt enthusiasm. What a book! What a guy! Herb, your spectacular photos are worth 2000 words and your descriptions are so tenderly wrought they make my heart sing. This publication is a gift to any diver who’s ever dove Jersey. It will forever be my keepsake and treasury of remembered experience. Thank you for such a beautiful rendering.

  11. BettyAnn Cote
    11:55 pm on May 2nd, 2012

    Roland and I were so excited to find the arrival of your book when we returned from the Smyrna Beach on Monday. It’s truly an amazing work of art! Love the brilliant shots of coral, dazzling sea stars, gentle sea turtle, and humble monk fish you snapped with your mindseye for all of us to enjoy for years to come. You definitely captured an awesome world that’s beneath the calming waves of the Jersey Shore!! Kudos to you and your loyal and ever patient assistant!! XOXO

  12. Alex Panas
    2:01 pm on May 9th, 2012

    The book looks really great – very impressed and exceeded my expectations. I leafed through, but have not read yet. The pics look great, and nice to see some write ups on the wrecks, not just the sea life. Thanks for putting this together, and I hope it’s a success for you!

  13. Charlene "Sea" Vanderslice
    8:11 am on May 11th, 2012

    As an artist who uses underwater photos to paint scenes of endangered marine life (& donates proceeds to save the oceans) I love this beautiful book. In fact I call it masterful,some of the photos would frame with the elegance of Old Masters’ paintings. And I was enchanted by the shipwrecks, draped in the sea’s flora & fauna, like floats in a watery parade,each with its own story.

  14. helen bilinski
    10:35 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I bought two books a week ago and gave them away as presents to my diver buddies. They love it! Have ordered two more to keep one for myself and to give the other away to friends who left NJ but loved diving here.

    Thank you for putting this book together. Have dived most of the wrecks covered in the book and the pictures are a great reminder of the beauty I saw
    in our own underwater back yard.

    Helen B

  15. Herb Segars
    10:36 pm on June 6th, 2012
  16. Herb Segars
    10:38 pm on June 6th, 2012

    There was also an article about the book in the Asbury Park Press. You can view it at

  17. Patricia "PJ" Jordan
    10:16 am on June 10th, 2012

    WOW!! Your book is a fantastic treat! As a life-long resident of New Jersey and a diver for 35+ years, I am thrilled to have your gem of a book. Thank you so much, Herb, for showing the underworld beauty and wonders of our great state!!

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Herb Segars is a photographer who specializes in wildlife and marine subjects. He lives in Brick, New Jersey, USA with his wife, Veronica. Herb spends a great deal of time SCUBA diving and photographing in the nutrient rich Atlantic waters off his home state of New Jersey.

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