Florida Nature Photographer, John Moran, talks about the changes he's seen in 30 years of photographing Florida Waters.
Pictures have a way of reaching people in ways that words alone cannot. Come out and learn about the future of Florida's water through the creative eyes of John Moran, noted nature photographer.
Florida is home to the largest and most impressive array of freshwater springs in the world. Ichetucknee, Wakulla, Weeki Wachee, Rainbow and Silver—these “bowls of liquid light,” in the words of writer Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, have lured explorers, nature-lovers, artists, tourists and investors since the time of the Timucua. And yet, on the eve of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de León’s arrival and his mythic search for the Fountain of Youth, Florida’s waters are imperiled—due to pollution, neglect and the groundwater demands of a thirsty state. Some have stopped flowing and many are choked with algae, their blue waters turning murky and green. Once a source of awe, our springs are now a source of deep concern, their future unclear.
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Since leaving the world of daily journalism in 2003, John has been photographing and giving presentations on our Florida Waters throughout the state.
His background as a journalist and visual storyteller has enabled him to craft a program that is much more than just a collection of pretty pictures. His programs offer a memorable look at a Florida seldom seen, and interweaves adventure narrative, natural history and excellent photography, delivered with passion and humor.
A University of Florida graduate, Moran's photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines including National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida. Moran has been named Photographer of the Year for the Southeastern U.S. by the National Press Photographers Association. His photograph of alligators at dusk at Paynes Prairie State Park was selected as the top-placing American photograph in the United Nations Earth Summit photo contest.
Presented by Late Bloomer's Garden Club.
Partners: Audubon Florida, Duval Audubon Society, Florida Conservation Coalition, Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Garden Club of Jacksonville, Greenscape of Jacksonville, North Florida Land Trust, Sierra Club of NE Florida, St. John's River Alliance, St. John's Riverkeeper, The Nature Conservancy and Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation.