When most people think of Florida and its waters, they’re probably thinking of its 1,197 miles of coastline and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. But Florida is home to more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways, and its most storied lake—Lake Okeechobee—is the second-largest lake in the United States.
“Changing Waters: The Human Impact on Florida’s Aquatic Systems,” a new exhibition on view at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, through June 5, 2016, documents the conditions of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems through approximately 40 of Lynne Buchanan’s photographs featuring our rivers, estuaries, lakes and bays. The exhibition provides narrative interpretations of the photos along with maps and interpretive graphics, which shed light on the state of Florida’s waterways. The featured photographs, most of which were taken over a period of a year and a half, show both the beautiful waterways we are at risk of losing and the troubled waters that already reflect the effects of human action.