This body of work was created at the Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, Florida. It is a prelude to another portfolio Fifteen Preludes to Lyonia. Lyonia and the few habitats like it left in Florida often are referred to as an "upland" (meaning high and dry) or a "scrub" habitat which is aptly named after the Scrub Jay bird native to Florida and this habitat.
"Eleven Portfolios: 1985 - 2011" is an updated version of Lee's first book "Nine Portfolios" and includes her latest two portfolios "Fifteen Preludes to Lyonia" and "Lyonia: A Florida Upland". It contains 123 photographs along with background information about each portfolio and her personal thoughts and experiences of the entire photographic process.
Every photograph and print by the photographer Lee Dunkel is a performance—as classic as a Renoir, as edgy and smart as Brubeck's 'Take Five'—and faithful to the nature of the artist."— Stephen Crowley, Staff photographer, The New York Times