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What is a donkey doing on a cattle ranch?! That was my first question as this burro came barreling toward me on Wednesday morning. The answer was surprising - The donkey was serving as the first line of defense against human wildlife conflict. The Big Cypress Reservation borders the vast protected areas of the Greater Everglades and predators are dense here as a result. This comes at a cost during calving season as bears, coyotes and even panthers target an easy meal. Though funny at the moment, this territorial donkey was actually doing his job by chasing me up the cowpens. The verdicts still out but donkeys might just turn out to be the unlikely conservation hero of the Everglades working lands... In the meantime, I think it’s safe to say they’ll be bringing a few laughs to cattle work #pathofthepanther . . . . . . #florida #cowboy #ranch #cattle #predator #bigcats #keepflwild #conservation #nature #environment #everglades #floridapanthers #evergladescowboys

Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

Amazing story from @carltonward about how he got this photo: “For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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. I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land.” #pathofthepanther

#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

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

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 🐍 💕

Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

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.🤗👍🏼😼 #Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @CarltonWard | #PathofthePanther #panther #livewildwiseandfree

#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

Regrann @carltonward - For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But two weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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. I am thankful @audubonsociety for protecting this place and giving me access their land. Please join me in following the #PathofthePanther for @natgeo.

Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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

Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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 @NatGeo #FloridaWild

Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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 @NatGeo #FloridaWild

Photo by @CarltonWard | For the past two years I have been pursuing Florida panthers with camera traps — the only reliable method for photographing them. But a few weeks ago, at Audubons @CorkscrewSwamp, I had an encounter that Ill 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 @NatGeo #FloridaWild

@dre_jumper calling in his cow dogs with a cracker whip at his family’s ranch on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation #evergladescowboys . . . . . . #florida #cowboys #ranching #seminolepride #keepflwild #floridawild #pathofthepanther

Adventures only happen to the adventurous... . . . . . #keepflwild #pathofthepanther #explore #wildernessculture @yoloboard

Photo by @CarltonWard // A white egret preens its breeding plumage in Everglades National Park, which was that starting point of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Our team paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades (southern tip of Florida) north to the Okefenokee Swamp (southern Georgia). Everglades wading bird populations have declined by more than 90 percent from their peak. Plume hunters aggressively killed wading birds in the late 1800s — as many as 5 million each year — primarily to provide feathers to decorate hats that were fashionable in America and Europe. Seeing birds hunted nearly to extinction galvanized the early environmental movement, including establishment of the modern National Audubon Society and President Roosevelt creating the first National Wildlife Refuge (Pelican Island) in 1903. Habitat loss for development and draining of wetlands have continued to challenge wading birds, but protecting more land and restoring the flow of the Everglades offers hope for recovery. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to the Florida Wildlife Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues to sprawl on its current trajectory. Please connect with me @carltonward and please share this story so we can help save the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @audubonsociety @evergladesnps. Expedition team members: @joeguthrie8 @mallorydimmitt @filmnatureman.

I’ve been dreaming of the elusive ghost orchid since I was 13 years old. My dad raised orchids in our Tampa home, and I grew up listening to tales of this rare, mysterious ghost of the swamp. Virtually impossible to see until they bloom in a spectacular show of ethereal white blooms. Finding this double bloom, high up in a pond apple tree, deep in the Fakahatchee Strand, in a thunderstorm, made all those stories come to life in the most spectacular way.

The beauty of the swamp draws me in, like a moth to the moon. The hunt for ghost orchids begins 🌙 #pathofthepanther

Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

#Repost from @natgeo with @regram.app ... Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

#Repost 📷@carltonward ・・・ Path of the Panther. The reason I am focusing on the Florida panther for my current storytelling project with @NatGeo is that protecting the land needed for the wide-ranging panther will protect millions of acres of habitat for thousands of other species that depend on the panther’s domain. Not to mention saving Florida rangelands, timberlands, groves and the headwaters of the Everglades from development. As rancher Cary Lightsey told me, “the panther is going to have to help us save Florida.” A male panther has a home range of 200 square miles — four time larger than the city of Miami but approximately the same amount of wildlife habitat lost to development in Florida each year. This camera trap at Babcock Ranch shows a few of the species relying on the “Path of the Panther.” Please share this story to help inspire the protection of the #FloridaWildlifeCorridor. @fl_wildcorridor #PathofthePanther #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #panther #corridor

Repost @NatGeo | Photo by @CarltonWard | A bobcat triggers a camera trap in rare scrub habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge -- ancient sand dunes that form the spine of Central Florida, rising 300 feet above sea level as the highest natural feature in the peninsula, and hosting a variety of endangered and endemic plants -- a time capsule to 2 million years ago when the rest of Florida was covered by a shallow sea. While much of the historic vegetation has been replaced by roads, crops and housing, this section of the ridge is protected by Archbold Biological Station (@archboldstation), which is a catalyst for research and conservation in the surrounding landscape. This outpost in the Northern Everglades is where we founded the Florida Wildlife Corridor project to communicate the vision for habitat protection needed to keep Florida wild. In 2012, with support from National Geographic, friends and I hiked, paddled and biked 1,000+ miles in 100 consecutive days, tracing this last remaining wildlife corridor between the Everglades (southern tip of Florida) and the Okefenokee Swamp (southern Georgia). We crossed Archbold on day 35 of the journey. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is focused on the same Corridor through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor as a lifeline north from the Everglades, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day, and 5 million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues on its current trajectory. Please connect with me @carltonward and share this story so we can help #KeepFLWild. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo #everglades #expedition #bobcat

#Repost @carltonward with @get_repost ・・・ During the next few days I’ll be sharing some photos from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expeditions. For the first Expedition, our team started in Everglades National Park at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, and paddled, hiked and biked 1,000+ miles over 100 consecutive days, tracing the last remaining wildlife corridor still connecting the Everglades north to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. See my recent post @NatGeo for a map showing our route, alongside the route of the 2015 expedition that followed the western reaches of the Corridor from the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando around the Gulf Coast to Alabama. This photo shows a crocodile sunning itself on mangrove roots in the brackish waters where the estuary meets Florida Bay. Everglades National Park holds the largest protected mangrove coastline in the Western Hemisphere. We didn’t see people outside our team for several days of the Expedition as we explored the vast watery wilderness of this World Heritage Area that arguably has the most to lose if we fail to protect a corridor to keep the Everglades connected to its headwaters in Central Florida and the rest of the country beyond. My current #PathofthePanther project with @NatGeo is working to bring more attention to this same issue through the story of the endangered Florida panther, because without protecting a wildlife corridor to the north, the panther will have no path to recovery. The clock is ticking as 1000 people move to Florida each day. Five million acres of the Corridor are projected to be lost by 2070 if development continues along its current sprawling trajectory. @insidenatgeo. #everglades #expedition #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild @evergladesnps. With @mallorydimmitt @joeguthrie8 and @filmnatureman.

#Repost from @natgeo with @regram.app ... Photo by @CarltonWard | Northwest Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs in the world. Unfortunately, in many of Florida’s springs, eelgrass and other native vegetation has been overgrown and displaced by toxic green algae, seen here blanketing the bottom of Manatee Springs and ensconcing a manatee searching for food, as biologist Joe Guthrie (@joeguthrie8) observes from above. The proliferation of algae in recent years is attributed to increased pollution in springsheds and over pumping of the aquifer that has reduced spring flows to further concentrate pollutants. This photograph was captured on day 20 of the 70-day, 1000-mile Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition, a National Geographic supported project that traced the best remaining wildlife corridor connecting the Everglades Headwaters near Orlando to the vast pine forests of the Florida panhandle and Alabama. Please follow @CarltonWard for more #FloridaWild #keepflwild #pathofthepanther. @insidenatgeo @natgeocreative @fl_wildcorridor with @mallorydimmitt #FloridaWildlifeCorridor #spring #manatee #algae #freshwater #pollutionfree

For those of you that don’t know, I enjoy photography. Hence me reposting this beautiful picture. #Repost @natgeo with @get_repost ・・・ Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild #wildlifewednesday #floridanative #indiosamericanos #awesome #floridaculture #floridian #proudfloridian #iloveFL

#Repost @natgeo • • • • • Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

Photo by @CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me @carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild @fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

#Repost natgeo • • • • • Follow to see all the interesting stuff only on one page @qeti_chelidze_ _________________________ Photo by CarltonWard | Light rain was falling steadily the evening I met the Yates family at the cow pens. The previous morning we had ridden horseback through a palm and oak hammock where Morgan Yates had stopped to pick fruit from a wild orange tree. The late morning light wasnt great and she offered to come back with her traditional Seminole dress that afternoon. But thunderstorms lingered. As hope of any sunset light faded, I wondered whether we would need to try another day. Then Morgan climbed on her horse bareback and led us toward the woods. She grew up in the saddle and carries her Seminole heritage with grace. She is a member of the Panther Clan and I was spending time with her family for my Path of the Panther project supported by National Geographic Society. We had fun trying to make pictures in dim dusk light and half drowned two cameras in the process. Morgan was unfazed by the rain, not surprising since she drove cattle through an actual hurricane when she was 6. I am thankful that the Yates have shared some of their world with me. Please join me carltonward as we follow the #PathofthePanther. #seminole #nativepride #pantherclan #FloridaWild fl_wildcorridor #keepflwild

Panthers aren’t the only critters we look for in the woods! This gorgeous eastern diamondback rattlesnake sounded it’s fair warning as I walked by a palmetto on Babcock Ranch a few weeks ago. Needless to say I heeded the warning, but not before first getting some (400 mm long lens) shots! #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #lovesnakes #pathofthepanther

A doe keeps a watchful eye out while grazing at the edge of a cypress hammock. Though fall is long gone, the cypress have maintained some of their beautiful colors! 🍁 #pathofthepanther

I am always delighted to encounter wild animals, but I could barely contain my excitement when we rounded a bend and saw this beautiful Florida black bear! This is only the second black bear I’ve seen in Florida, and my goodness, he was a big guy! We watched, photographed and filmed him for a short while before he trotted back into the safety of the pines and palmettos. A true ambassador of wild Florida 🐻 🌴 #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #pathofthepanther

Cattle have been part of Floridas landscape dating back to Spanish explorers of the 1500s. Today, Florida remains the third largest producer of cattle east of the Mississippi River. Ranches in Florida provide protection for the states water supply, quality habitat for wildlife, and maintain the agriculture that is a crucial part of the state economy 🐮 #pathofthepanther

Reflecting on all that 2017 brought into my world, while looking ahead to all that 2018 will bring 🍃 #pathofthepanther

When working in the swamp, always be on the lookout for the dinosaurs who rule there 🐊👀 #keepflwild #pathofthepanther

Many people look into the swamp and see a dark, dismal, buggy nightmare, full of imagined danger and peril. When I look into a swamp, I see layer upon layer of abundant life, from the smallest invertebrate breaking down submerged plant matter into vital nutrients, to the epiphytes clinging to the sides of the cypress, to the biggest alligator cruising gracefully through the inky black water. I see a home for creatures great and small, and maybe a home for us too. #pathofthepanther

Whoooo goes there?, says the barred owl of Corkscrew Swamp. Feeling thankful to be back in my Florida home to help with preparations for #hurricaneirma, but also feeling anxious for our wildlife and wild places that are under threat from the impending chaos. Stay safe, all you two-legged, four-legged, and feathered Floridians! 🦉 #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #pathofthepanther

Today marks my last day as Alex the test panther! Saying a bittersweet goodbye to camera trapping and #bestbossever @carltonward to embark on a new adventure for the summer working with an urban bat study in Washington D.C.! I have a feeling the swamp will be calling me back soon, but for now, its bye bye panthers, hello bats! 🦇 #pathofthepanther

Dry conditions across Florida have shrunk many inland water bodies, concentrating gators and other wetland species into tight groups. Whose up for a swim in the pond? 🐊👀 #floridawildlife #keepflwild #floridawild #pathofthepanther

Doe-eyed beauty. Getting up close and personal with wildlife is always a special experience, no matter how common the species. I treasure every moment I get to spend with these beautiful creatures 🦌 . . . . . . #optoutside #wilderness #wanderlust #wildernessculture #explore #conservation #womeninscience #biodiversity #natgeo #florida #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #wildlife #adventure #getoutside #ourwild #adventureculture #wearethewild #naturelover #outdoorsociety #bethechange #yourshotphotographer #pathofthepanther

I know a lot of people find snakes frightening, but in most cases, a snake is WAY more scared of you than you are of it! I didnt want to bother this cottonmouth for long, just a quick few shots in this stunning posture and on my way 🐍📸 #letsnakeslive . . . . #optoutside #wilderness #wanderlust #wildernessculture #explore #conservation #womeninscience #biodiversity #natgeo #florida #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #wildlife #adventure #getoutside #ourwild #adventureculture #wearethewild #naturelover #outdoorsociety #bethechange #yourshotphotographer #pathofthepanther

Curious and lovely, this doe pointed her nose in my direction just long enough to capture her standing in the most perfect patch of wildflowers 🦌🌼 #floridawild #keepflwild #lovefl #pathofthepanther

Sneaking up on dragonflies may prove difficult when youre a lanky, stumble-prone photographer. This image took way longer to make then it should have! #tallgirlproblems #pathofthepanther

#Repost @carltonward. Camera trapping may be tough work, but its capturing moments like this that make it all worth while 🐻 ・・・ Florida black bears! A mother and her two cubs visited one of my camera trap sites and made 68 selfies while scratching on a log. Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. @fl_wildcorridor #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #bear @ILCP_photographers @natgeocreative #pathofthepanther

Many view swamps as dismal, dark places full of danger. In my eyes, the mystery and beauty of sloughs and swamps are something to marvel at! Like this stunning epiphyte in full bloom. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild LoveFL #pathofthepanther

White-tailed deer fawn on a ranch in south Florida. Be still, my heart! Fawn fact: deer mothers will often leave their young ones for extended period of time to forage. If you find a deer fawn alone in the woods, its not abandoned! Leave it be, mom will be back soon 🦌 #pathofthepanther

A prescribed burn sends clouds of smoke into the air over the Florida Panther NWR. Fire is critical to the health of many Florida ecosystems, bringing new life and increased growth from the ashes. #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther

When the Boss Man needs to test a new camera trap and youre the only one with legs long enough to span the gap panther style. Perks of being lanky, I guess! 🐾 🤸🏼‍♂️photo by @carltonward #pathofthepanther

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 🐾🐱📸 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther

Sublimely happy to be back in the swamp. Goodnight panthers, be seeing you soon 🐾📸 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther

Who says Florida doesnt showcase fall color finery? This fewflower milkweed is trying its best to keep the spirit of the season alive 🍁🍂🌴photo by @alexandrajanephotography #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther

Photographing big cats is never an easy task, but when the cat youre 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

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

Back in the land of palms, sand, surf and endless sun. Looking forward to many Florida adventures this summer! 🌴☀️🐚 #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild #LoveFL #pathofthepanther

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

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

Mind your footing in the swamp, you never know whos having a nice, quiet day before you came stomping along! This young cottonmouth wanted nothing to do with me, but Im 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

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

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

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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