Photographers Jeff Ripple and his mentor Clyde Butcher trek through Fakahatchee Strand -- along the western edge of Big Cypress Swamp just to the west of the Florida Everglades -- in search of the elusive ghost orchid. This video is a segment from the Florida Museum of Natural History's documentary film, "Expedition Florida: The Wild Heart of Florida," and was featured as part of the Quilting Natural Florida II exhibit at the Museum in 2010.
In response to requests from station programmers, the Florida Museum has edited Expedition Florida television programs into two- to five-minute-long "Wild Files" for use as program fillers and shorts on this web site.
- Birding in North Central Florida
- Calusa Indians
- Cycling in North Central Florida
- Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
- Dudley Farm Historic State Park
- Equestrian Trails at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
- Excavating Prehistoric Canoes at Newnan's Lake
- Flint Knapping
- Florida Scrub Jay
- Fossil Diving in Ginnie Springs
- Hernando de Soto's Florida Trail
- Majorie Kinnan Rawling's Home
- Whooping Cranes
The film then takes the viewer on a series of adventures into wild Florida, beginning with Peter Matthiessen and his encounter with a rare whooping crane chick in central Florida. From his south Florida home, author Carl Hiaasen comments on the use of humor and sarcasm in his Florida fiction and editorials. Through words and family photos, author Janisse Ray introduces the viewer to her family homestead in the land of the longleaf pine. The exploration continues with photographers Jeff Ripple and Clyde Butcher as they slog into the Fakahatchee Strand in search of the rare ghost orchid. Along the way, these artists introduce us to the fascinating natural history of these rare natural treasures and speak movingly of the need to preserve what remains of the wild heart of Florida.
Released in 2002, a segment of this film also won a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award
The Wild Heart of Florida: Florida Writers on Florida's Wildlands
Edited by Jeff Ripple and Susan Cerulean
University Press of Florida; 1st edition (March 14, 1999)
The Wild Heart of Florida takes viewers into the realm of wild Florida as seen through the eyes of several of the state's most noted nature writers and wildlife photographers. The film begins with scenes from the 1996 Key West Literary Seminar, where a gathering of noted American nature writers inspired Florida authors Jeff Ripple and Susan Cerulean to produce their anthology, "The Wild Heart of Florida."
The Book of the Everglades
by Susan Cerulean (Editor)
Paperback: 300 pages
Publisher: Milkweed Editions; 1 edition (July 17, 2002)