GAINESVILLE, Fla.— The Florida Museum of Natural History will display “The Ordway Preserve” temporary photography exhibit from May 25 – Sept. 18. The exhibit showcases work by Florida Museum photographers Jeffrey Gage and Tammy Johnson, and is free and open to the public.
“The Ordway Preserve” is comprised of more than 20 color photographs of landscapes, wildlife and teaching environments at the 9,300-acre Katharine Ordway Preserve-Carl Swisher Memorial Sanctuary in western Putnam County. Photographs include a close-up of a milk weed plant, a dragonfly resting in a field and students conducting studies.
The show illustrates the importance of preserved land to the public and what goes on behind the scenes at this facility, which is used for University of Florida research, teaching and extension programs related to natural resources. The preserve has hosted 40 graduate projects and inspired 85 research publications.
The preserve was originally donated to The Nature Conservancy by the Swisher-Wilcox family in the 1980s to further the study and conservation of unique ecosystems. Since then, the UF Foundation has purchased the surrounding areas and now manages the property with The Nature Conservancy.
Gage has worked as a UF photographer for nearly 16 years after after graduating from UF. Johnson has photographed the museum for more than five years and has been taking photographs since the age of 14. Together their work has been published in various texbooks and articles around the world.
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