‘La Florida’ exhibit featuring state’s native wildflowers opens April 19

March 24th, 2014
American Lotus, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Alachua County, 1999. Photo by John Moran

American Lotus, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Alachua County, 1999.
Photo by John Moran

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors will have an opportunity to discover the unique wildflowers that inspired Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 to name this state “place of flowers” at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest photography exhibition.

On display April 19 through Aug. 3, “La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers” showcases images from Gainesville nature photographer John Moran, who roamed the state to capture the beauty and mystique of Florida’s original Garden of Eden. It features 15 large-format photographs showing the timeless beauty of wildflowers along with a panel describing the history and (more…)

New ‘Depth of Field’ photography exhibit on display at Florida Museum

November 14th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — See a magnified view of dozens of specimens and artifacts in the new exhibit, “Depth of Field: Museum Specimens Up-close,” at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit showcases objects from the museum’s collection through photographs captured with an advanced imaging system that combines a high-resolution microscope and 21 megapixel digital camera.

There are currently 16 pictures on display in the museum’s central gallery, and another 16 planned for future long-term display. The pictures feature a variety of specimens, including head lice, snails, ancient pottery and orchids. (more…)

Florida Museum Pollinator Photo Contest entries accepted today through Sept. 9

August 22nd, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is accepting entries today through Sept. 9 for the third annual Pollinator Photography Contest. Winners will be announced Oct. 22 at the sixth annual ButterflyFest.

The national contest seeks to promote awareness of local pollinators through photography. All entries must include at least one pollinator, such as a bat, bee, bird, butterfly or moth.

Entry forms are available online at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest and at the Florida Museum of Natural History visitor services desk. Completed entries may be submitted in person at the museum or The Gainesville Sun, which is sponsoring the contest, or mailed to: Florida Museum Pollinator Photography Contest, P.O. Box 112710 Gainesville, FL 32611, or The Gainesville Sun, 2700 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608. (more…)

Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. to give special presentation at Florida Museum March 31

March 17th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a special presentation by University of Florida alumnus and conservation photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. March 31.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

“Our visitors loved meeting Carlton at the opening of his exhibit ‘Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier’ on Feb. 12,” said Florida Museum education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “We are so excited he is coming back to the museum for this presentation.” (more…)

Florida Museum announces ButterflyFest photo contest winners

October 26th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lisa Britz and Bridget Lanier won first place awards in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s inaugural ButterflyFest Pollinator Photography Contest. Britz, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., won the adult category for her photo “Pollen Plunge.” Lanier, of Bradenton, captured the top spot in the junior category for “A Buzzy Pollinator.”

The Florida Museum announced the winners Oct. 24 during an awards presentation at this year’s ButterflyFest. The museum will display the winning photographs in the Central Gallery through Nov. 30 and online on the ButterflyFest web site, www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/photo_contest.htm. The Gainesville Sun also published the winning photographs in the newspaper Oct. 25 as part of its Gainesville.com sponsorship of the contest.

Nearly 90 photographers from Florida and other states submitted more than 200 entries in the competition. (more…)

Florida Museum "Family Nature" wildlife photo exhibit opens Thursday

August 17th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bring those you love to a special photography exhibit focused on families by Jeff Smith at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The show, “Family Nature,” opens Thursday (Aug. 20) and runs through Dec. 13.

Smith, a Melrose-based dentist since 1980, captures everyday family life in the wilds of north central Florida through his captivating photographs. His collection of photos includes courting rituals between barred owls, leisure time among alligators and mother eagles nurturing their recently hatched eaglets.

“I enjoy showing the beauty of family ties within every landscape and species,” Smith said. “I hope some of the images will inspire others to be more appreciative of families found in nature and to help them thrive.” (more…)

Submit ButterflyFest photo contest entries beginning Saturday with these helpful tips

August 13th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Want to try creative photography but feeling camera-shy? Looking for an opportunity to practice new camera work but need a fresh subject? The Florida Museum of Natural History’s first ButterflyFest Pollinator Photo Contest could be the perfect opportunity. Entries may be submitted beginning Saturday (Aug. 15) through Sept. 1.

Everyone with a camera and a love for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators is encouraged to enter, says Florida Museum photographer Jeff Gage.

“Anyone can be a great nature photographer,” Gage said. “From simple images of plants and trees to more complex, time-consuming shots of animals, moving water or broad landscapes, our environment produces photographic challenges and opportunities for all skill levels.”

If you’re eager to go outside and start snapping photos but unsure how to capture eye-catching images of small, often fast-moving pollinators, the following basic photography tips should help you get started. (more…)

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. (more…)

Florida Museum Everglades double feature opens Saturday Opening day activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. feature photographer Clyde Butcher

February 2nd, 2009

Editors note: complete opening day schedule follows

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the Everglades with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest “double feature” exhibit – “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with special opening day activities.

Renowned photographer Clyde Butcher will share his experiences capturing the subtle beauty of the Everglades during a special presentation from 1 to 2 p.m.

Produced by the Florida Museum, the exhibit allows visitors to discover the majesty of one of Florida’s most unique natural features and learn about the dangers invasive species bring to the Everglades. (more…)

Fla. Museum Everglades exhibit opens Feb. 7 featuring Clyde Butcher, Jeff Ripple photos and top 10 invasive species

December 9th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the Everglades with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest “double feature” exhibit – “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” from Feb. 7 through May 31, 2009.

Produced by the Florida Museum, the exhibit allows visitors to discover the majesty of one of Florida’s most unique natural features and learn about the dangers invasive species bring to the Everglades.

“ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple” showcases these accomplished photographers’ work to convey the hidden beauty of the Florida Everglades. Both Butcher and Ripple approached this project as artists, rather than scientists, venturing deep into the swamp in search of perfect locations and light. The photos, accompanied by the photographers’ thoughts, are a celebration of this mysterious land. (more…)

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