GHOST ORCHID DANCING
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Florida
Photographic Story I first photographed the Ghost Orchid with biologist Mike Owen of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in 1999. The following year we went out again to find the same orchid. What we found was a healthy vibrant flower that seemed almost animated in its joy at life. In 2001 we returned and I photographed the same orchid. It was good to know that it was still blooming as not all Ghost Orchids bloom every year. Then, in 2002, when I called Mike to see if he wanted to go out a fourth year to photograph the orchid he told me the sad news that someone had chopped down the tree and stolen the 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.