In this day and age, most people live with the idea that there is no adventure any more. Really – most everything’s been discovered already by some dead explorer or another. But I think what many people forget is that there is still a great big world out there that they themselves haven’t or will ever get to see. The Florida Wildlife Corridor project surprised me in that I had no idea Florida had such varied wildlife and such an interesting terrain. Swamps and mangrove trees are completely foreign to me, and panthers just strolling about in the wilderness is mind-blowing to this suburbanite whose habitat was Costco warehouses and sleepy housing developments. It’s weird to think that a few tens of miles away there are panthers and black bears minding their own business trying to find a place for themselves. In the video, they mentioned in the swamp that they were seeing sights that no one else normally would beyond the airboat tours, and how people would say, “This is better than Disneyworld!” Florida surprises me with the varied flora and fauna that live there as I grew up with a completely different setting up in the North, where nature is pretty tame and the only thing that was dangerous to the wildlife are cars.
In just one state, they go from beaches to Indian reservations and document places that I’ve only really seen in movies. I believe that for any artist it’s important to absorb as much new experiences as you can and from the FWC expedition, undertaking that journey would have been a goldmine for experience. The photographer Carlton Ward Jr. was great at his job, snapping some wonderful stills of nature and the life of the wilderness. Unfortunately, I’m not too much of an outdoorsman and I absolutely hate bugs, but I am interested in seeing how their documentary turns out when it releases.
Some of my favorite photos from the expedition.: