Fakahatchee Strand, FL

Ghost Orchid 1
The ghost orchid is a rare orchid with small white blooms that grows wild in Florida. The plants, which lack foliage, look like they are suspended in the air as they attach themselves to tree trunks by a few roots. Many environmental enthusiasts and photographers have spent enormous amounts of time searching for the tiny plant. In 1999, Mike Owens, a biologist at the Fakahatchee Preserve, guided me on a hunt for the elusive orchid. The only ghost orchid we could find was 13 feet up in a tree, so we hauled several ladders into the depths of the swamp, and I got the shot! Later, I used this image of the ghost orchid with its two legs crossed to form a heart as my brand and the symbol that accompanies one of my favorite sayings, “Art Comes from the Heart.” One of the Rarest Orchids in the World Poaching is the main reason rare orchids, like the ghost orchid (dendrophylax lindenii), have diminished to fewer than 2,000 plants in the wild. A mature epiphytic orchid’s delicate, spider-like root system securely clings to the bark of a tree. A poacher will often saw that portion of the tree to a manageable size for easy transport, leaving the tree damaged. The destruction of the tree disrupts the fungi-containing lichen, and the rare plant soon dies. To compound the difficulties of its survival, only one insect, the giant sphinx moth, can pollinate the ghost orchid. Ghost Orchid 1 was taken with a Clyde-O-Wide 4×5 (hand-built by Clyde) 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/32 | 47mm 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.

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Professionally mounted and matted to current archival standards using 4 ply acid free bright white mat board and foam core.
Standard Framed:
Framed with Plaskolite OPTIX acrylic, which is crystal clear, lightweight, and shatter-resistant for added protection in a black aluminum Nielsen frame. Mounted and matted to current archival standards using 4-ply acid-free bright white mat board and foam core.
Museum Framed:
Framed with Tru-Vue Optium Museum Acrylic which blocks 99% of UV rays, is anti-reflective, scratch-resistant and shatter-proof for ultimate longevity in a black aluminum Nielsen frame. Mounted and matted to current archival standards using 4-ply acid-free bright white mat board and foam core.
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27" x 37" [Edition of 50]
36" x 46"
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37.25" x 47.25"
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