CLAMSHELL ORCHID 1 © 2003Fakahatchee Strand, FL
Clyde photographed this clamshell orchid (prosthechea cochleata) while he was working with a crew from CBS’s 60 Minutes. They retraced the path of the infamous “Orchid Thief” through the Big Cypress. This particular clamshell orchid was one seized from the poacher and repatriated to the Everglades, with the hope it would re-establish itself on the trunk of a tree. In this photograph, the clamshell appears to be a large flower. In reality, the bloom is quite small (about one inch), as are most of the flowers of native Florida orchids. Elusive and Endangered Orchid This endangered orchid proliferates in deep swamps where moisture is more prevalent and temperatures more stable. Rarely seen by the casual observer, this flower is a rewarding sight to those who venture into the deeper waters of these wetlands. Clamshell Orchid 1 was taken with a Deardorff 5×7 camera on T-Max 100 film. This photograph is hand-printed in Clyde’s darkroom on fiber-based paper, selenium toned, then mounted and matted to current archival standards. The photograph is a limited edition and signed by Clyde. Camera settings f/45 | 72mm Schneider Super-Angulon XL lens | 2 minutes Disclaimer – Cropping, contrast, and image density may vary. To learn more about the darkroom printing process, click here.