If you’re the type who loves leafing through books filled with beautiful underwater photos, diving and wildlife photographer Al Hornsby may have something just for you.

Hornsby recently released “Face to Face: Up Close with Mother Nature,” a 128-page collection of his favorite wildlife images — both under and out of the water. The book also includes the stories behind many of the pictures.

Tek diving conference organizer and writer David Strike wrote in a review:

“This book is one that will resonate with everyone who dives, for years to come.”

For his part, Hornsby says:

Face to Face is my way to not only say thank you to so many people who helped make my childhood dreams of being a diver possible, but to also share the incredible beauty and experiences that can be found in nature. And, for the big animals — big carnivores in particular — it’s my hope the book’s images and real-life stories can show that their fearsome reputations as ‘blood-thirsty man eaters’ are the products of myth and too little real information; that they are instead majestic and beautiful, usually too timid or wary to be approached at all, and even if they show interest in us, it’s generally merely simple curiosity. This aside, they play critical roles in virtually all our planet’s ecosystems, and they need to be protected. Hopefully, Face to Face can do its small part in communicating just what is at stake should we ultimately fail to adequately respond.”

The book includes a foreword written by Jean-Michel Cousteau, and has also been reviewed by ocean luminaries like Wyland, Amos Nachoum, Neal Watson, Peter Hughes, Clement Lee, and Mark Evans among others.

To buy a copy (with a limited “special introductory offer” of US$49.95/44.52 Euros), go to alhornsbyproductions.com.