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I am in awe of creative people who use their talent to make an impact on our world. On Friday I got to assist conservation photographer and National Geographic contributor @carltonward as he serviced his camera traps in Fakahatchee Strand. Carlton is the founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor and tracks the movements of endangered species like bears and the Florida panther across many of the wildest parts of our state. Check out his amazing work at carltonward.com and if you have a subscription to PBS, I encourage you to watch “The Forgotten Coast“. #pathofthepanther #conservationphotography #everglades #florida #floridawild #keepflwild


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Nom nom noms. Sorry for the poor quality live it was my first time ever 🤦‍♀️ I'm thinking about going live while feeding the baby leos tomorrow. Did anyone see my UG reptiles live?? 😡😡😡😡 I didn't save it & my phones being stupid & won't let me watch my lives?
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This walk has officially ended.


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Craving some island camping vibes. Days filled with fishing, the dog running wild and campsite setup on a shell-filled island with no other humans around. Cold ocean showers and cozying up in sweatpants. Scavenging for extra wood. Dinner cooked over the fire and drinking wine out of the bottle. The sun melting into the ocean and that cute little moon appearing. Yeah... #lemmegetthat


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Photo by @CarltonWard | It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its native habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #PathofthePanther @FL_WildCorridor #floridawild #keepflwild#bear #forest #conservation #florida#wildlife @myfwc @natgeo @insidenatgeo

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I'm not on Facebook much these days, but I do like seeing the 'memories' when I do go on. Today, I was reminded that 5yrs ago today, I moved to NoFl, 5 YEARS!! WOW!! I had no idea I'd be here this long and am not sure how long I'll stay here but it's charm has grown on me. While it seems a bit secluded up here compared to other cities in Florida, there are benefits to being removed from the urban sprawl and I've come to really appreciate the natural beauty that's right in my backyard, including leisurely drives down forest highways at sunset looking for snakes...another FB memory from this day a couple years ago.
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The snakes shown here are venomous and unfortunately, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake (the close up pics) was killed not long before we got there.This was a remote forest highway, and the snake was most likely just sunning or crossing the road. Someone went out of their way to attack this snake. Please don't ever kill a snake out of fear, venomous or not. Snakes are an important component of the natural environment and are commonly encountered. Many species have adapted extremely well to living with humans. We can also adapt to live safely with snakes. Most snakes just want to be left alone. I always hear people say how aggressive snakes are, and in the many years I've been working around snakes, they've never once charged or tried to bite simply out of "aggression". They are wild animals and they will defend if provoked just as any animal would. And if I ever were to get bit when handling these guys, it would be my fault, not theirs. Respect snakes.
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* SUP THUNDERSTORM *
Photo by // Summer thunderstorms are starting to roll across the Florida peninsula. I recently photographed Biscayne National Park, near Miami, for . I was using my small boat to line up views juxtaposing historic stilt houses with the skyline of Florida’s most populous city (see for a photo). A wall of dark clouds had built over the Everglades and was racing across the bay. As we motored to the nearest stilt house to take shelter, this couple on their paddleboard was doing the same thing, giving me a great subject to frame against dramatic weather bearing down on us. The rain hit hard but lasted just a half hour. #BiscayneBay #Florida #FloridaWild #Storm with .
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What in the...?!... Oh hell naw!... I know that ain't no #polar #bear with #brown #shoepolish smeared all over his body trying to move into the #mountain next door... That's my #mancave ... I mean it's a bear cave, I just eat #humans up in there... And I don't need no #dingy ass #polarbears f'ing worth my stash
#bearwars #grizzlies #polar #pandas #koalas #ohmy #grizzlypolarpandakoala
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Photo by @CarltonWard | It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its native habitat. This Florida black bear was one of the first I photographed while focusing on the research that ultimately inspired the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor campaign. I was following biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) on foot as he stalked towards this female bear with a dart rifle in a bay head forest on the Hendrie Ranch in Highlands County. The Highlands-Glades Bear Project was a collaboration between University of Kentucky and @ArchboldStation. Joe’s professor David Maehr, who was lost in a plane crash tracking a missing black bear with rancher Mason Smoak, often made the point that there would be no bears in that part of Florida without the proactive stewardship of ranchers. GPS tracking showed that bears traveled as far as 500 miles across a patchwork or ranches, groves and public preserves that keep the Northern Everglades connected for wide ranging wildlife. Through research, bears have shown us what we need to do to save the Corridor, and in that way are preparing the path of recovery for the Florida panther as it reclaims historic territory northwards out of the Everglades. #PathofthePanther @FL_WildCorridor #floridawild #keepflwild#bear #forest #conservation #florida#wildlife @myfwc @natgeo @insidenatgeo


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Dolphins Indian River Lagoon 😍


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Regrann from @alexofthewild - How did I get so lucky that this is my job?! Flying high over Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area with @CarltonWard to photograph the final day of the Great Florida Cattle Drive. Aerials coming soon! 🚁 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #greatfloridacattledrive2016


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“Finally my fear of death freed me from the irrational belief that I was incompetent.” #casares #inventionofmorel


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Its official!!!!! Let the weekend begin!!! Big plans?!?!?! Anyone?


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Bald Eagle!


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Misty sunrise on the Eglin Reservation. Photo by @waldorffphotography Join us in exploring Florida and tag your photos with #floridaexplored .
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Too cute! All.these different anole babies sleeping on the tippy top of my bougainvilla.
#floridawild #anole #fencelizard #lizards #orlando #anolelizard #lizard #reptilesofinstagram #pet #exoticpets


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The view from my bedroom window 😊 I’m glad to have them all around the house, and I’m also glad they’re staying outside.


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No shade on the mountains or anything, but have y’all seen Florida lately?
#floridawild #realflorida #floridatourism #visitflorida #travel


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Florida butterflies 🦋🦋🦋


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From @natgeo:
Photos by @CarltonWard | Cooperative Bear, Frustrating Panther…That was the title of the blog I wrote about my attempt to camera trap a Florida panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I was on assignment for @NatGeoTravel and after a month of trying, I had one bear kindly pose facing the camera and one panther show me her tail as she walked away. Frustrating and motivating at the same time, it was like she was daring me to try to tell her story. Three years and two National Geographic grants later, I'm still trying. I now have a network of camera traps (think photo studios hidden in the woods) pointed at game trails on refuges and ranches throughout South Florida for my #PathofthePanther project, which seeks to inspire the land protection needed for the endangered Florida panther to expand its range. I've had some successes with panthers over the past three years, but more often than not, my "cooperative bear, frustrating panther" mantra, still applies. Please follow my quest here and @CarltonWard as we focus on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat corridors it needs to recover and help us save wild Florida. The third photo is an alligator that should have been a warning that the water was about to rise. A wet winter, followed by strong summer rains proceeded to flood this trail for the next 18 months. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #bear #gator #alligator #swamp #Everglades


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De Soto National Memorial - Bradenton, Florida. Paddling up to the mangrove coastline leaves you imagining what it would have been like to be one of the first Spanish explorers to step foot on this land. Does not seem like much has changed on this tiny stretch of coast over the past 500 years....then I wonder whether or not they would have used these picnic tables? #visitflorida #floridahistory


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....we have a couple of Black-necked Stilt's at the refuge. This one didn't want to cooperate with me as it kept meandering in and out of the marsh grasses. *All prints available for purchase at:
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#Repost @natgeo
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Photos by @CarltonWard | Cooperative Bear, Frustrating Panther…That was the title of the blog I wrote about my attempt to camera trap a Florida panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I was on assignment for @NatGeoTravel and after a month of trying, I had one bear kindly pose facing the camera and one panther show me her tail as she walked away. Frustrating and motivating at the same time, it was like she was daring me to try to tell her story. Three years and two National Geographic grants later, I'm still trying. I now have a network of camera traps (think photo studios hidden in the woods) pointed at game trails on refuges and ranches throughout South Florida for my #PathofthePanther project, which seeks to inspire the land protection needed for the endangered Florida panther to expand its range. I've had some successes with panthers over the past three years, but more often than not, my "cooperative bear, frustrating panther" mantra, still applies. Please follow my quest here and @CarltonWard as we focus on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat corridors it needs to recover and help us save wild Florida. The third photo is an alligator that should have been a warning that the water was about to rise. A wet winter, followed by strong summer rains proceeded to flood this trail for the next 18 months. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #bear #gator #alligator #swamp #Everglades #wildlifewednesday #floridawildlife


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Welp. Here it is! Or one of them at least. I'll post pics of the rest soon. That "thing" I did & wasn't telling anyone. I love the fiestyness!
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Follow @natgeo to get the full story! #Repost @natgeo・・・Photos by @CarltonWard | Cooperative Bear, Frustrating Panther…That was the title of the blog I wrote about my attempt to camera trap a Florida panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I was on assignment for @NatGeoTravel and after a month of trying, I had one bear kindly pose facing the camera and one panther show me her tail as she walked away. Frustrating and motivating at the same time, it was like she was daring me to try to tell her story. Three years and two National Geographic grants later, I'm still trying. I now have a network of camera traps (think photo studios hidden in the woods) pointed at game trails on refuges and ranches throughout South Florida for my #PathofthePanther project, which seeks to inspire the land protection needed for the endangered Florida panther to expand its range. I've had some successes with panthers over the past three years, but more often than not, my "cooperative bear, frustrating panther" mantra, still applies. Please follow my quest here and @CarltonWard as we focus on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat corridors it needs to recover and help us save wild Florida. The third photo is an alligator that should have been a warning that the water was about to rise. A wet winter, followed by strong summer rains proceeded to flood this trail for the next 18 months. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #bear #gator #alligator #swamp #Everglades


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Photos by @CarltonWard | Cooperative Bear, Frustrating Panther…That was the title of the blog I wrote about my attempt to camera trap a Florida panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in 2015. I was on assignment for @NatGeoTravel and after a month of trying, I had one bear kindly pose facing the camera and one panther show me her tail as she walked away. Frustrating and motivating at the same time, it was like she was daring me to try to tell her story. Three years and two National Geographic grants later, I'm still trying. I now have a network of camera traps (think photo studios hidden in the woods) pointed at game trails on refuges and ranches throughout South Florida for my #PathofthePanther project, which seeks to inspire the land protection needed for the endangered Florida panther to expand its range. I've had some successes with panthers over the past three years, but more often than not, my "cooperative bear, frustrating panther" mantra, still applies. Please follow my quest here and @CarltonWard as we focus on the story of the Florida panther and the habitat corridors it needs to recover and help us save wild Florida. The third photo is an alligator that should have been a warning that the water was about to rise. A wet winter, followed by strong summer rains proceeded to flood this trail for the next 18 months. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #bear #gator #alligator #swamp #Everglades


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Adventure Anywhere
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Went to Oleta for some "hiking". Now, I say "hiking" because we don't have any mountains in Florida... it's really just a long walk through the trees with an occasional hill. However, my mermaid intuition led me to this outlook by the water. I can't stay away from it too long or I'll get dehydrated. 😉✌🏼🧜🏼‍♀️
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I dream in dewdrops and fresh sunshine and other things that happen when I’m asleep.


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Scaring the #redtide away with a flying ninja kick 😂 #ninja #pirate #saveourseas


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Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Sweetwater Wetlands Park - Gainesville, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2018)

The multitude of birds at Sweetwater Wetlands Park is amazing! In all, I photographed 16 new species for me, including this baby Black-bellied Whistling Duck. This is the first time I have ever seen one, and their call is really a fun sound. They are definitely one of my favorite duck species. I was lucky enough to catch one swimming.

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Love is in the air!


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Snakey McSnakeface, The Florida Pine Snake...he may be a runt, but he's still so beautiful. He assists us with conservation education/outreach events from time to time. (More pics in my IG story)
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And yes, that's really his name. No, I didn't name him 🐍
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Diamondback Terrapin! Have you ever seen one?


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“Sunrise in the Northern Everglades”
The air was thick and a strange glow emanated from the landscape as mosquitoes buzzed around my head...
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