GHOST ORCHID 1 © 1999
Fakahatchee Strand, FL
Photographic Story When Mike Owen, biologist of the Fakahatchee Preserve, offered to take me out to see the elusive and rare Ghost Orchid, I jumped at the chance. When I mentioned it to my friend, Oscar Thompson, who was a sixth generation Floridian and had been an alligator poacher in Fakahatchee in his youth, he got very excited. In all the years he had been in Fakahatchee he had never seen the orchid. Oscar joined Mike and I as we headed off to see the orchid. This was my first experience with the rare ghost orchid and I was very lucky that the bloom was in perfect condition when we arrived. I took many photographs, as did Oscar. Mike was very patient with our excitement and spent time explaining the biology of the orchid while we photographed. For days afterwards, Oscar would phone me and exclaim with excitement, “I can’t believe we saw the ghost orchid!” Analog – Archival Silver Gelatin Photograph Clyde’s silver gelatin black and white images are created using an 8” x 10”, 11” x 14”, or 12” x 20” view camera. Clyde prints his images in his own darkroom on fiberbase paper in a limited edition. The photographs are selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. His images come in sizes from 8” x 10” inches to 5’x 8’ feet. His love of art and nature is seen in the exceptional detail and more subtle textures of his photography.