Islands in Time: A Natural and Cultural History of the Islands of Maine

3rd edition (2011)

by Philip Conkling
Photography by Peter Ralston
(Publisher: Island Institute; out of print)

Islands in Time includes a comprehensive snapshot of the flora, fauna, and marine-resource-based communities that make Maine's islands such a treasured part of our state's iconography—superbly illustrated by images that capture their rugged beauty and the indomitable character of their year-round inhabitants. Conkling also weaves in the story of the Island Institute's evolution as a voice for the sustained future of the islands and waters of the Gulf of Maine.

About Philip Conkling

With a background in both conservation and business, Philip Conkling launched the Island Institute in 1983, where he served as its leader for 30 years. During his tenure, Philip served as the founding publisher of Island Journalthe author of Islands in Time, and the founding publisher and editor for The Working Waterfront newspaper. circulated monthly to readers along the coast of Maine and across the country.

About Peter Ralston

Peter Ralston, co-founder of the Island Institute, has photographed the coast of Maine since 1978, drawn especially to the working communities that define coastal Maine’s character. Peter’s work has appeared in countless books and magazines and has also been featured on network television and exhibited in galleries, collections, and museums throughout the United States and abroad.