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#Repost @carltonward
・・・Over the past year I’ve started incorporating video into my camera trapping efforts for the #PathofthePanther project. While I am still driven by the pursuit of decisive moments that still photographs provide, I have a growing appreciation for the power of video to give longer views and context for behavior. Here is a pair of clips from last month at @corkscrewswamp where the @audubonsociety has permitted me to deploy a camera system in the backcountry of their preserve. Although increasingly squeezed by development from Naples, this preserve protects habitat that allows the Florida panther population to welcome new generations. If we can protect the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor, it’s possible that a panther born at Corkscrew will one day cross the Caloosahatchee River to the north and help the endangered species recover into its historic territory throughout the Florida peninsula. The mother panther in this video is the same individual I witnessed with my own eyes and photographed a couple weeks before β€” perhaps the most memorable experience in my career as a conservation photographer. Click the link in my bio for the full story online @natgeo. @fl_wildcorridor #Florida #panther


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I am thankful to have taken this young explorer to one of my favorite places this week. Almost 5, my oldest daughter Eldridge got to see a ghost orchid and build a fort in the canoe while I serviced my camera traps. I hope this 9th generation Floridian will grow into a future where wildness thrives in balance with humanity. That challenge is our responsibility today! #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #pathofthepanther #chasingghosts #gratitude #Fakhatchee @fl_wildcorridor


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Beautiful footage by photographer and conservationist @carltonward ! Thanks for all you do and sharing some of the shots you’ve captured. #Repost @carltonward with @get_repost
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Over the past year I’ve started incorporating video into my camera trapping efforts for the #PathofthePanther project. While I am still driven by the pursuit of decisive moments that still photographs provide, I have a growing appreciation for the power of video to give longer views and context for behavior. Here is a pair of clips from last month at @corkscrewswamp where the @audubonsociety has permitted me to deploy a camera system in the backcountry of their preserve. Although increasingly squeezed by development from Naples, this preserve protects habitat that allows the Florida panther population to welcome new generations. If we can protect the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor, it’s possible that a panther born at Corkscrew will one day cross the Caloosahatchee River to the north and help the endangered species recover into its historic territory throughout the Florida peninsula. The mother panther in this video is the same individual I witnessed with my own eyes and photographed a couple weeks before β€” perhaps the most memorable experience in my career as a conservation photographer. Click the link in my bio for the full story online @natgeo. @fl_wildcorridor #Florida #panther


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Its been awhile since I posted... So here's some video footage of a beautiful Florida Panther family from Florida Resident @carltonward trail cams. The Florida Panther population numbers are still low, but with the help of FWC and local Wildlife Conservation; these beautiful, mysterious and often misunderstood creatures are making a significant comeback....😍😍😍
#Florida #southflorida #flkeys #keyslife #saltlife #floridasaltfreak #keepfloridawild #floridawildlife #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #saveourwildlife #brakefornature #brakeforwildlife #floridapanther #floridapanthers #savethefloridapanther #floridapantherlove #pathofthepanther
#Repost @carltonward (@get_repost)
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Over the past year I’ve started incorporating video into my camera trapping efforts for the #PathofthePanther project. While I am still driven by the pursuit of decisive moments that still photographs provide, I have a growing appreciation for the power of video to give longer views and context for behavior. Here is a pair of clips from last month at @corkscrewswamp where the @audubonsociety has permitted me to deploy a camera system in the backcountry of their preserve. Although increasingly squeezed by development from Naples, this preserve protects habitat that allows the Florida panther population to welcome new generations. If we can protect the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor, it’s possible that a panther born at Corkscrew will one day cross the Caloosahatchee River to the north and help the endangered species recover into its historic territory throughout the Florida peninsula. The mother panther in this video is the same individual I witnessed with my own eyes and photographed a couple weeks before β€” perhaps the most memorable experience in my career as a conservation photographer. Click the link in my bio for the full story online @natgeo. @fl_wildcorridor #Florida #panther


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Over the past year I’ve started incorporating video into my camera trapping efforts for the #PathofthePanther project. While I am still driven by the pursuit of decisive moments that still photographs provide, I have a growing appreciation for the power of video to give longer views and context for behavior. Here is a pair of clips from last month at @corkscrewswamp where the @audubonsociety has permitted me to deploy a camera system in the backcountry of their preserve. Although increasingly squeezed by development from Naples, this preserve protects habitat that allows the Florida panther population to welcome new generations. If we can protect the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor, it’s possible that a panther born at Corkscrew will one day cross the Caloosahatchee River to the north and help the endangered species recover into its historic territory throughout the Florida peninsula. The mother panther in this video is the same individual I witnessed with my own eyes and photographed a couple weeks before β€” perhaps the most memorable experience in my career as a conservation photographer. Click the link in my bio for the full story online @natgeo. @fl_wildcorridor #Florida #panther


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#Repost @carltonward
・・・It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its 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 #pureflorida @pureflorida


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It is an incredible feeling to look into the eyes of a bear at ground level in its 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 #pureflorida @pureflorida


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Photo by @CarltonWard // Paddleboaring is my favorite way to explore the backwaters of the Everglades. Here I am standing on Fisheating Creek composing photographs of a cypress tree that embodies this mysterious and wild waterway. For more adventures, please join me Tuesday, March 20 at National Geographic for my presentation Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight (link in my bio for tickets). We will follow in the footsteps of bears and panthers on epic treks to discover forests, swamps, rivers, and ranchlands hidden in the heart of Florida. #floridawild #pathofthepanther #keepflwild #natgeoDC
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Photo by:@mo_naser


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#Repost from @carltonward // β€œHealed from a vehicle strike, an endangered Florida panther was returned to the wild last week with her two cubs. The Florida panther is the last subspecies of the puma surviving in eastern United States. Motor vehicle collisions, the leading cause of panther mortality, kill nearly 35 per year. This panther mother was struck by a vehicle near Naples in December and rescued by biologists from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission @MyFWC. They knew she had young offspring that could not survive on their own and successfully caught two cubs and rejoined them with their mother at White Oak Conservation, where the family was rehabilitated with minimal contact by humans. This is the first time a Florida panther family has been returned to the wild together. This was the second time this panther mother had been hit by a car. The scar on her right hip is from a previous surgery. Please see the link in my bio for the full story. Shot for my #PathofthePanther project with National Geographic focused on the protection of the @fl_wildcorridor that panthers and other wildlife need to survive. #panther @freshfromflorida #floridawild #keepflwild”


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::THIS IS IMPORTANT:: Responsible cattle ranching and investment in conservation easements are a very viable solution to land conservation and the protection of native species. Very proud that the @v6ranch has been protected under a conservation easement since 2001 and that our beautiful home, and home to a host of other species will be preserved for perpetuity. Thanks to @natgeo for sharing this. Read about how conservation easements are protecting Florida’s open land below.
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Photo by @CarltonWard | The cowboy image means different things to different people. For me, living in working in Florida, the first place in America to receive cattle from Spain in 1521, cattlemen and cattlewomen are heroes and keepers of the last frontier for large landscape conservation in the east. Millions of acres of rangelands, particularly in south-central Florida, make up nearly half of the Florida Wildlife Corridor which keeps the vast public lands of the southern Everglades connected to the rest of the state and country. Suburban sprawl in Florida is consuming ranches and farms at a rate of 100,000 acres per year to accommodate 1,000 new residents who move here every day. Ranchers committed to their land and heritage are our best defense against development, and investing in conservation easements is the best thing we can do to protect ranches, sustain the Everglades headwaters and save the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Bears and panthers need these ranches for their survival and so do people. And cattlemen and cattlewomen here are the reason we still have a chance. In this photo, @LaurentLollis steers a herd of original Spanish cracker cattle though a native pasture at dawn at Buck Island Ranch -- a key piece of the #FloridaWildifeCorridor managed by @ArchboldStation. Part of my #PathofthePanther with @InsideNatGeo #lastfrontier #ranch #Everglades #headwaters #conservation


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Photo by @CarltonWard | The cowboy image means different things to different people. For me, living in working in Florida, the first place in America to receive cattle from Spain in 1521, cattlemen and cattlewomen are heroes and keepers of the last frontier for large landscape conservation in the east. Millions of acres of rangelands, particularly in south-central Florida, make up nearly half of the Florida Wildlife Corridor which keeps the vast public lands of the southern Everglades connected to the rest of the state and country. Suburban sprawl in Florida is consuming ranches and farms at a rate of 100,000 acres per year to accommodate 1,000 new residents who move here every day. Ranchers committed to their land and heritage are our best defense against development, and investing in conservation easements is the best thing we can do to protect ranches, sustain the Everglades headwaters and save the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Bears and panthers need these ranches for their survival and so do people. And cattlemen and cattlewomen here are the reason we still have a chance. In this photo, @LaurentLollis steers a herd of original Spanish cracker cattle though a native pasture at dawn at Buck Island Ranch -- a key piece of the #FloridaWildifeCorridor managed by @ArchboldStation. Part of my #PathofthePanther with @InsideNatGeo #lastfrontier #ranch #Everglades #headwaters #conservation


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Photo by @CarltonWard | The cowboy image means different things to different people. For me, living in working in Florida, the first place in America to receive cattle from Spain in 1521, cattlemen and cattlewomen are heroes and keepers of the last frontier for large landscape conservation in the east. Millions of acres of rangelands, particularly in south-central Florida, make up nearly half of the Florida Wildlife Corridor which keeps the vast public lands of the southern Everglades connected to the rest of the state and country. Suburban sprawl in Florida is consuming ranches and farms at a rate of 100,000 acres per year to accommodate 1,000 new residents who move here every day. Ranchers committed to their land and heritage are our best defense against development, and investing in conservation easements is the best thing we can do to protect ranches, sustain the Everglades headwaters and save the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Bears and panthers need these ranches for their survival and so do people. And cattlemen and cattlewomen here are the reason we still have a chance. In this photo, @LaurentLollis steers a herd of original Spanish cracker cattle though a native pasture at dawn at Buck Island Ranch -- a key piece of the #FloridaWildifeCorridor managed by @ArchboldStation. Part of my #PathofthePanther with @InsideNatGeo #lastfrontier #ranch #Everglades #headwaters #conservation


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Went to phi phi islands with helicopter😍


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Found this place in LuleΓ₯, swedenπŸ˜πŸ“Έ


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Very small palms🌴


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Me and my dog Smilla is out and looking for new places!🐢


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At the beachπŸŒ΄πŸ’¦


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Good morning❀️


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Took a picture on a beautiful waterfallπŸ’¦πŸ˜


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Took a picture in Stockholm’s forest🌲🍍


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🀠Howdy #Seminole #Florida #cowboys #heritage #Repost @carltonward with @get_repost
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Rise and shine. Last week @dre_jumper used his cow whip to call his dogs back to the cow pens during round up at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Big Cypress Reservation. Seminoles trace heritage raising cattle in Florida back to the early 1700s and today manage one of the top ten cattle producing ranches in the United States. #pathofthepanther #floridawild #seminole #cowboy @fl_wildcorridor @flcattlemen #keepflwild


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Rise and shine. Last week @dre_jumper used his cow whip to call his dogs back to the cow pens during round up at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Big Cypress Reservation. Seminoles trace heritage raising cattle in Florida back to the early 1700s and today manage one of the top ten cattle producing ranches in the United States. #pathofthepanther #floridawild #seminole #cowboy @fl_wildcorridor @flcattlemen #keepflwild


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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther


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Amazing story from @carltonward about how he got this photo:
β€œFor the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few distant frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. I was just watching when filmmaker Eric Bendick called. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther; the conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still sitting in the road in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched back to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable, but it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you.Β I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land.” #pathofthepanther


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#Repost @natgeo
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Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther


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20 feet away from one of these endangered beauties today in the wild. #pathofthepanther
Photocred#carltonward


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Don’t run away, it’s #worldsnakeday! Eastern cottonmouths are likely the most feared snake in the southeast, but also one of the most photogenic! These fish eaters have a horrible reputation of going after anything that moves, which simply isn’t true. They are an assertive snake, often standing their ground with this head-up posture or wide-open mouth to stave off potential threats, but when push comes to shove, they will turn tail and slither away from a confrontation. Show some love to our slithery friends today 🐍 πŸ’•


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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther


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#Repost @natgeo
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Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther for


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Only about 200 of these big cats remain in the wildlands of Florida. It took 20 years for this photographer to track this subspecies of panther and capture this closeup shot.πŸ€—πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Ό #Repost @natgeo
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Photo by @CarltonWard |#PathofthePanther #panther #livewildwiseandfree


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#Repost @natgeo
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Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther for


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Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps β€” the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubon's @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that I'll be talking about the rest of my life. I was driving into the backcountry and rounded a corner to see a panther sitting in the dirt road. I grabbed a telephoto lens and nervously snapped a few fuzzy frames through the windshield before rolling a little closer and pulling off to the side. The panther was still 150 yards away in harsh 3 PM light. When filmmaker Eric Bendick called, I was just watching. I whispered that I was staring at a real-life panther. The conference about our panther film would have to wait. Eric told me to take some video, and with the panther still far away in bad light, I complied, not realizing how jacked up I was until trying to hold my iPhone steady. After a few seconds of jittery self-narration, the panther started walking right towards me. When it sat back down in the road I resumed my video, but the panther started walking toward me again! I switched to my main camera, put it in silent mode and held my breath. The panther kept coming, skirting the edge of the swamp behind grass and low palms. I let the shutter rip every time it revealed itself, coming closer with every step. Then it walked within 20 yards of my truck and sat down in an island of palms directly out my window! I filled the frame with its body and looked straight into its piercing eyes! I had mistaken it for a young male by its height, but was corrected when a ruffling in the palms transformed into a kitten. When the little guy got closer, its mother stood and continued down the road. Then they vanished into a thick hammock leaving me alone with my thoughts. When I went to change the batteries in my nearby camera trap, the process felt mechanical and empty. Remote cameras are invaluable. But it’s a whole different experience when the panther is looking right back at you! I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me @carltonward to follow the #PathofthePanther


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When the Boss Man needs to test a new camera trap and you're the only one with legs long enough to span the gap "panther style". Perks of being lanky, I guess! 🐾 πŸ€ΈπŸΌβ€β™‚οΈphoto by @carltonward #pathofthepanther


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Deep in the headwaters of the Everglades, cypress domes hint at the approaching cold as they shed their needles into tannic black water. This is one location where @carltonward and I hope to catch a rare glimpse of the secretive Florida panther πŸΎπŸ±πŸ“Έ #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Sublimely happy to be back in the swamp. Goodnight panthers, be seeing you soon πŸΎπŸ“Έ #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Who says Florida doesn't showcase fall color finery? This fewflower milkweed is trying its best to keep the spirit of the season alive πŸπŸ‚πŸŒ΄photo by @alexandrajanephotography #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Photographing big cats is never an easy task, but when the cat you're after is a Florida panther and the most endangered feline in North America? Elusive is an understatement. Keep following @carltonward and me as we work to tell the story of this rare feline, and how landscape connectivity will be the key to securing the future of the panther 🐾 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #pathofthepanther


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Florida is an invasive species hot spot, especially when it comes to reptiles and amphibians. This is a Cuban treefrog, accidentally introduced to Florida in the 1920s. They eat at least five different species of native frogs, not to mention the occasional lizard or small snake, and their tadpoles compete with native tadpoles for space and food. Photo by @alexandrajanephotography #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #pathofthepanther


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Back in the land of palms, sand, surf and endless sun. Looking forward to many Florida adventures this summer! πŸŒ΄β˜€οΈπŸš #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Never get tired of the longleaf pines, sawgrass and palmettos in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Panthers, come out, come out, wherever you are! #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Foggy, swampy morning. I'll never get tired of sunrise shoots! Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, photo by @alexmorrison13 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Mind your footing in the swamp, you never know who's having a nice, quiet day before you came stomping along! This young cottonmouth wanted nothing to do with me, but I'm a snake enthusiast, so I snapped off a few shots before he got fed up and slipped into the dark, tannic waters of the Fakahatchee Strand. Photo by @alexmorrison13 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #heyhandsome #pathofthepanther


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Beneath a protective canopy of bald cypress trees and royal palms flows a slow moving, shallow river (or slough) called the Fakahatchee Strand. Florida panthers can still be found pursuing white-tailed deer from the uplands across this wetland, making the strand a critical part of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Photo by @alexmorrison13 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL @fl_wildcorridor #pathofthepanther


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A spider web glistens with morning dew at sunrise on the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Nature has the best architects! Photo by @alexmorrison13. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther


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Constructing a studio in the woods with my favorite boss man, @carltonward. We are hoping to capture a Florida panther via a 'camera trap' stalking through the pine-palmetto woodlands on the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Fingers crossed for panther luck! Big camera photos coming soon. Shot on iPhone by @alexmorrison13. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #floridapanthers #herekittykitty #pathofthepanther


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