Drew Fulton Everglades photography exhibit opens Thursday at Fla. Museum

April 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE , Fla. — Extend your Everglades journey at the Florida Museum of Natural History with “Everglades Imagery: Intimate Details of a Vast Landscape,” a photography exhibit by Drew Fulton on display April 16 – Aug 16.

At 2,500 square miles, the Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. By examining the “River of Grass” on a small scale, Fulton highlights the diversity of the Everglades’ wildlife and landscapes.

“I wanted to capture the essence of the Florida Everglades by examining the small, intricate details of this expansive landscape,” Fulton said.

The exhibit’s 20 images include egrets, woodpeckers and alligators, and distinctive flora such as pond cypresses, turtlegrass and the tiny yellow allamanda flower. Many of the species pictured are threatened or endangered by agricultural or residential development in south Florida.

Fulton’s photos complement the large-scale landscape photography of the “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple” exhibit on display at the Florida Museum through May 31.

“The two photography exhibits together give visitors the full picture of the matchless beauty and aesthetic value of the Everglades ecosystem,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum director of exhibits. “Fulton’s colorful images show why it’s an area worth preserving.”

Fulton is an avid birder and lifelong naturalist who brings that knowledge and experience to his photography. After graduating from Bowdoin College in Maine with a degree in environmental science, photography and ecology, he completed a year of travel throughout Australia searching for and photographing the continent’s numerous endemic birds. Fulton continues to explore the world’s diverse ecosystems and has received numerous awards for his photography including a National Geographic Society Young Explorer’s Grant for his work in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu