Pathofthepanther Photos & Videos

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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther

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Amazing story from @carltonward about how he got this photo: โ€œFor the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few distant frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. I was just watching when filmmaker Eric Bendick called. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther; the conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still sitting in the road in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched back to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable, but itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you.ย I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land.โ€ #pathofthepanther

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#Repost @natgeo ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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2 days ago

Donโ€™t run away, itโ€™s #worldsnakeday! Eastern cottonmouths are likely the most feared snake in the southeast, but also one of the most photogenic! These fish eaters have a horrible reputation of going after anything that moves, which simply isnโ€™t true. They are an assertive snake, often standing their ground with this head-up posture or wide-open mouth to stave off potential threats, but when push comes to shove, they will turn tail and slither away from a confrontation. Show some love to our slithery friends today ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’• at Everglades

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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther

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3 days ago

#Repost @natgeo ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther for

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#Repost @natgeo ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther for

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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther

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Regrann @carltonward - For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few distant frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. I was just watching when filmmaker Eric Bendick called. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther; the conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still sitting in the road in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched back to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable, but itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you.ย I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me in following the #PathofthePanther for @natgeo.

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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther

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Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther for @NatGeo #FloridaWild at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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Photo by @CarltonWard // A white egret preens its breeding plumage in Everglades National Park, which was that starting point of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Our team paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades (southern tip of Florida) north to the Okefenokee Swamp (southern Georgia). Everglades wading bird populations have declined by more than 90 percent from their peak. Plume hunters aggressively killed wading birds in the late 1800s โ€” as many as 5 million each year โ€” primarily to provide feathers to decorate hats that were fashionable in America and Europe. Seeing birds hunted nearly to extinction galvanized the early environmental movement, including establishment of the modern National Audubon Society and President Roosevelt creating the first National Wildlife Refuge (Pelican Island) in 1903. Habitat loss for development and draining of wetlands have continued to challenge wading birds, but protecting more land and restoring the flow of the Everglades offers hope for recovery. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to the Florida Wildlife Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues to sprawl on its current trajectory. Please connect with me @carltonward and please share this story so we can help save the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @audubonsociety @evergladesnps. Expedition team members: @joeguthrie8 @mallorydimmitt @filmnatureman.

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Iโ€™ve been dreaming of the elusive ghost orchid since I was 13 years old. My dad raised orchids in our Tampa home, and I grew up listening to tales of this rare, mysterious ghost of the swamp. Virtually impossible to see until they bloom in a spectacular show of ethereal white blooms. Finding this double bloom, high up in a pond apple tree, deep in the Fakahatchee Strand, in a thunderstorm, made all those stories come to life in the most spectacular way. at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

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Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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#Repost from @natgeo with @regram.app ... Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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#Repost ๐Ÿ“ท@carltonward ใƒปใƒปใƒป Path of the Panther. The reason I am focusing on the Florida panther for my current storytelling project with @NatGeo is that protecting the land needed for the wide-ranging panther will protect millions of acres of habitat for thousands of other species that depend on the pantherโ€™s domain. Not to mention saving Florida rangelands, timberlands, groves and the headwaters of the Everglades from development. As rancher Cary Lightsey told me, โ€œthe panther is going to have to help us save Florida.โ€ A male panther has a home range of 200 square miles โ€” four time larger than the city of Miami but approximately the same amount of wildlife habitat lost to development in Florida each year. This camera trap at Babcock Ranch shows a few of the species relying on the โ€œPath of the Panther.โ€ Please share this story to help inspire the protection of the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor #PathofthePanther #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #corridor

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Repost @NatGeo | Photo by @CarltonWard | A bobcat triggers a camera trap in rare scrub habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge -- ancient sand dunes that form the spine of Central Florida, rising 300 feet above sea level as the highest natural feature in the peninsula, and hosting a variety of endangered and endemic plants -- a time capsule to 2 million years ago when the rest of Florida was covered by a shallow sea. While much of the historic vegetation has been replaced by roads, crops and housing, this section of the ridge is protected by Archbold Biological Station (@archboldstation), which is a catalyst for research and conservation in the surrounding landscape. This outpost in the Northern Everglades is where we founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor project to communicate the vision for habitat protection needed to keep Florida wild. In 2012, with support from National Geographic, friends and I hiked, paddled and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing this last remaining wildlife corridor between the Everglades (southern tip of Florida) and the Okefenokee Swamp (southern Georgia). We crossed Archbold on day 35 of the journey. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is focused on the same Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor as a lifeline north from the Everglades, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day, and 5 million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues on its current trajectory. Please connect with me @carltonward and share this story so we can help #KeepFLWild. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo #everglades #expedition #bobcat at Archbold Biological Station

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#Repost @carltonward with @get_repost ใƒปใƒปใƒป During the next few days Iโ€™ll be sharing some photos from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expeditions. For the first Expedition, our team started in Everglades National Park at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, and paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles over 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades north to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. See my recent post @NatGeo for a map showing our route, alongside the route of the 2015 expedition that followed the western reaches of the Corridor from the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando around the Gulf Coast to Alabama. This photo shows a crocodile sunning itself on mangrove roots in the brackish waters where the estuary meets Florida Bay. Everglades National Park holds the largest protected mangrove coastline in the Western Hemisphere. We didnโ€™t see people outside our team for several days of the Expedition as we explored the vast watery wilderness of this World Heritage Area that arguably has the most to lose if we fail to protect a corridor to keep the Everglades connected to its headwaters in Central Florida and the rest of the country beyond. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to this same issue through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues along its current sprawling trajectory. @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @evergladesnps. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 and @filmnatureman.

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#Repost from @natgeo with @regram.app ... Photo by @CarltonWard | Northwest Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs in the world. Unfortunately, in many of Floridaโ€™s springs, eelgrass and other native vegetation has been overgrown and displaced by toxic green algae, seen here blanketing the bottom of Manatee Springs and ensconcing a manatee searching for food, as biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) observes from above. The proliferation of algae in recent years is attributed to increased pollution in springsheds and over pumping of the aquifer that has reduced spring flows to further concentrate pollutants. This photograph was captured on day 20 of the 70-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition, a National Geographic supported project that traced the best remaining wildlife corridor connecting the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando to the vast pine forests of the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Please follow @CarltonWard for more #FloridaWild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative @fl_wildcorridor with @mallorydimmitt #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #spring #manatee #algae #freshwater #pollutionfree at FK Unsri Madang

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8 days ago

For those of you that donโ€™t know, I enjoy photography. Hence me reposting this beautiful picture. #Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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8 days ago

#Repost @natgeo ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild #wildlifewednesday #floridanative #indiosamericanos #awesome #floridaculture #floridian #proudfloridian #iloveFL

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8 days ago

#Repost @natgeo โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild at Bikxi

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8 days ago

Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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8 days ago

#Repost natgeo โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข Follow to see all the interesting stuff only on one page @qeti_chelidze_ _________________________ Photo by CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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8 days ago

#Repost @natgeo (@get_repost) ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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8 days ago

Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasn't great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

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8 days ago

๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸˆLeonora serotti๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ“ธ #animal_wild_hd๐Ÿบ๐Ÿต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฑ #animalwildhd ๐Ÿฑ #animal_wild_hd #fox #caracal #caracalcat #beer #cat๐Ÿฑ #cat #dog๐Ÿถ #wildlife_prefection #bird #lynx #lynxcat #owl #wolf๐Ÿบ #wolfdog #leopard #majestic_wildlife #cheetah #seewildlife #pathofthepanther #wildlifephotography #worthmorealive #igbirds #conservation #getfishfarmsout #wildlife_seekers #splendid_animals #wildlifeconservation

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8 days ago

๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸฆMike kolesnikov๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ“ธ #animal_wild_hd๐Ÿบ๐Ÿต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฑ #animalwildhd ๐Ÿฑ #animal_wild_hd #fox #caracal #caracalcat #beer #cat๐Ÿฑ #cat #dog๐Ÿถ #wildlife_prefection #bird #lynx #lynxcat #owl #wolf๐Ÿบ #wolfdog #leopard #majestic_wildlife #cheetah #seewildlife #pathofthepanther #wildlifephotography #worthmorealive #igbirds #conservation #getfishfarmsout #wildlife_seekers #splendid_animals #wildlifeconservation

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9 days ago

Photo by @CarltonWard | Northwest Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs in the world. Unfortunately, in many of Floridaโ€™s springs, eelgrass and other native vegetation has been overgrown and displaced by toxic green algae, seen here blanketing the bottom of Manatee Springs and ensconcing a manatee searching for food, as biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) observes from above. The proliferation of algae in recent years is attributed to increased pollution in springsheds and over pumping of the aquifer that has reduced spring flows to further concentrate pollutants. This photograph was captured on day 20 of the 70-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition, a National Geographic supported project that traced the best remaining wildlife corridor connecting the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando to the vast pine forests of the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Please follow @CarltonWard for more #FloridaWild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative @fl_wildcorridor with @mallorydimmitt #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #spring #manatee #algae #freshwater #pollution

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10 days ago

Last week, I called @carltonward. โ€œIโ€™m staring at a Florida Panther right now,โ€ he said. This post has now been shared over 2,000 times. ใƒปใƒปใƒป For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps โ€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few distant frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. I was just watching when filmmaker Eric Bendick called. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther; the conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still sitting in the road in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched back to my main camera and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable, but itโ€™s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you.ย Thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place. #pathofthepanther

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10 days ago

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ†Megan Lorenz๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ“ธ #animal_wild_hd๐Ÿบ๐Ÿต๐Ÿผ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฑ #animalwildhd ๐Ÿฑ #animal_wild_hd #fox #caracal #caracalcat #beer #cat๐Ÿฑ #cat #dog๐Ÿถ #dog๐Ÿ• #bird #lynx #lynxcat #owl #wolf๐Ÿบ #wolfdog #leopard #leopards #cheetah #seewildlife #pathofthepanther #wildlifephotography #worthmorealive #igbirds #conservation #getfishfarmsout #wildlife_seekers #splendid_animals #wildlifeconservation

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10 days ago

Photo by @CarltonWard | Northwest Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs in the world. Unfortunately, in many of Floridaโ€™s springs, eelgrass and other native vegetation has been overgrown and displaced by toxic green algae, seen here blanketing the bottom of Manatee Springs and ensconcing a manatee searching for food, as biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) observes from above. The proliferation of algae in recent years is attributed to increased pollution in springsheds and over pumping of the aquifer that has reduced spring flows to further concentrate pollutants. This photograph was captured on day 20 of the 70-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition, a National Geographic supported project that traced the best remaining wildlife corridor connecting the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando to the vast pine forests of the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Please follow @CarltonWard for more #FloridaWild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative @fl_wildcorridor with @mallorydimmitt #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #spring #manatee #algae #freshwater #pollution

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10 days ago

#Repost @natgeo (@get_repost) ใƒปใƒปใƒป Photo by @CarltonWard | Northwest Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs in the world. Unfortunately, in many of Floridaโ€™s springs, eelgrass and other native vegetation has been overgrown and displaced by toxic green algae, seen here blanketing the bottom of Manatee Springs and ensconcing a manatee searching for food, as biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) observes from above. The proliferation of algae in recent years is attributed to increased pollution in springsheds and over pumping of the aquifer that has reduced spring flows to further concentrate pollutants. This photograph was captured on day 20 of the 70-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition, a National Geographic supported project that traced the best remaining wildlife corridor connecting the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando to the vast pine forests of the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Please follow @CarltonWard for more #FloridaWild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative @fl_wildcorridor with @mallorydimmitt #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #spring #manatee #algae #freshwater #pollution

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๐Ÿ˜ข Photo by @CarltonWard | Northwest Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs in the world. Unfortunately, in many of Floridaโ€™s springs, eelgrass and other native vegetation has been overgrown and displaced by toxic green algae, seen here blanketing the bottom of Manatee Springs and ensconcing a manatee searching for food, as biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) observes from above. The proliferation of algae in recent years is attributed to increased pollution in springsheds and over pumping of the aquifer that has reduced spring flows to further concentrate pollutants. This photograph was captured on day 20 of the 70-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition, a National Geographic supported project that traced the best remaining wildlife corridor connecting the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando to the vast pine forests of the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Please follow @CarltonWard for more #FloridaWild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative @fl_wildcorridor with @mallorydimmitt #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #spring #manatee #algae #freshwater #pollution

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5 months ago

Panthers arenโ€™t the only critters we look for in the woods! This gorgeous eastern diamondback rattlesnake sounded itโ€™s fair warning as I walked by a palmetto on Babcock Ranch a few weeks ago. Needless to say I heeded the warning, but not before first getting some (400 mm long lens) shots! #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #lovesnakes #pathofthepanther at Babcock Ranch

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5 months ago

I am always delighted to encounter wild animals, but I could barely contain my excitement when we rounded a bend and saw this beautiful Florida black bear! This is only the second black bear Iโ€™ve seen in Florida, and my goodness, he was a big guy! We watched, photographed and filmed him for a short while before he trotted back into the safety of the pines and palmettos. A true ambassador of wild Florida ๐Ÿป ๐ŸŒด #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #pathofthepanther at Everglades

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6 months ago

Cattle have been part of Florida's landscape dating back to Spanish explorers of the 1500s. Today, Florida remains the third largest producer of cattle east of the Mississippi River. Ranches in Florida provide protection for the state's water supply, quality habitat for wildlife, and maintain the agriculture that is a crucial part of the state economy ๐Ÿฎ #pathofthepanther at Big Cypress National Preserve

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7 months ago

Reflecting on all that 2017 brought into my world, while looking ahead to all that 2018 will bring ๐Ÿƒ #pathofthepanther at Florida

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10 months ago

Many people look into the swamp and see a dark, dismal, buggy nightmare, full of imagined danger and peril. When I look into a swamp, I see layer upon layer of abundant life, from the smallest invertebrate breaking down submerged plant matter into vital nutrients, to the epiphytes clinging to the sides of the cypress, to the biggest alligator cruising gracefully through the inky black water. I see a home for creatures great and small, and maybe a home for us too. #pathofthepanther at Everglades

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1 year ago

Today marks my last day as "Alex the test panther"! Saying a bittersweet goodbye to camera trapping and #bestbossever @carltonward to embark on a new adventure for the summer working with an urban bat study in Washington D.C.! I have a feeling the swamp will be calling me back soon, but for now, it's bye bye panthers, hello bats! ๐Ÿฆ‡ #pathofthepanther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

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1 year ago

Doe-eyed beauty. Getting up close and personal with wildlife is always a special experience, no matter how common the species. I treasure every moment I get to spend with these beautiful creatures ๐ŸฆŒ . . . . . . #optoutside #wilderness #wanderlust #wildernessculture #explore #conservation #womeninscience #biodiversity #natgeo #florida #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #wildlife #adventure #getoutside #ourwild #adventureculture #wearethewild #naturelover #outdoorsociety #bethechange #yourshotphotographer #pathofthepanther at Florida Everglades

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1 year ago

I know a lot of people find snakes frightening, but in most cases, a snake is WAY more scared of you than you are of it! I didn't want to bother this cottonmouth for long, just a quick few shots in this stunning posture and on my way ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ธ #letsnakeslive . . . . #optoutside #wilderness #wanderlust #wildernessculture #explore #conservation #womeninscience #biodiversity #natgeo #florida #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #wildlife #adventure #getoutside #ourwild #adventureculture #wearethewild #naturelover #outdoorsociety #bethechange #yourshotphotographer #pathofthepanther at Florida Everglades

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1 year ago

White-tailed deer fawn on a ranch in south Florida. Be still, my heart! Fawn fact: deer mothers will often leave their young ones for extended period of time to forage. If you find a deer fawn alone in the woods, it's not abandoned! Leave it be, mom will be back soon ๐ŸฆŒ #pathofthepanther at South Florida

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