Tallahassee Museum – a living museum offering engaging experiences focused on North Florida’s natural environment, native wildlife and cultural history – announces its Seasons of the Apalachicola Bay exhibit, on display at the Phipps Gallery Sept. 8 through Oct. 27. Featuring the engaging, dramatic photography of John B. Spohrer, Jr., the exhibit captures the landscape and wildlife of Apalachicola Bay.
Spohrer’s photography series inspires a vibrant journey down the Apalachicola River, which carries fresh water laden with nutrients through the Florida Panhandle to the Gulf of Mexico. The water’s flow is constrained at the mouth of the river by the barrier islands of the Forgotten Coast that form Apalachicola Bay. Shrimp, fish, crabs and a myriad of other sea creatures have evolved to hatch and grow in the bay’s estuarine environment where the fresh and salt waters mix. Famously the habitat of oysters, coastal creatures from bears to birds also call the river’s bay home. Light from the sun, moon, stars and lightning is celebrated in this exhibition, perfectly captured by Spohrer as it washes over the land, water, clouds and animals of Apalachicola Bay.
John B. Spohrer, Jr. has been capturing Florida’s Forgotten Coast since 1980, immortalizing memorable subjects and bringing its natural history into focus. A Florida Master Naturalist, Spohrer frequently takes photographers on personalized eco-photography tours of Apalachicola Bay, demonstrating how the coast’s subjects relate to each other and weave the fabric of life that is the nature of the Forgotten Coast.
Set amidst 52 acres of breathtaking Florida flora and fauna, Tallahassee Museum has served as an iconic Florida landmark for more than 50 years. Ranked as one of the state’s top museums, Tallahassee Museum encourages guests to discover and learn about north Florida’s natural environment, rich history and diverse communities. The Museum’s living exhibits of native Florida wildlife, nature trails and native gardens are renowned by visitors of all ages. The Museum is home to fourteen historic buildings and ongoing living history programs that immerse visitors in 19th century experiences and allow them to discover the history and lifestyles of southern communities. The internationally acclaimed exhibit, Jim Gary’s Twentieth Century Dinosaurs, also calls the Museum home. These vividly colored dinosaurs sculpted from recycled car parts evoke thoughts about art, science and sustainability. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures, the Museum’s new zip line and adventure course, encourages visitors to explore the majesty of nature from high in the trees.
Daily programs, annual events, free parking, a museum store and the Trail Break Café make the Museum a favored destination for more than 120,000 annual visitors. The Tallahassee Museum is a not-for-profit organization, funded by private donations, grants, sponsorships, membership and fundraisers.
Tallahassee Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is located at 3945 Museum Drive, just 15 minutes from downtown Tallahassee. General admission tickets are $9 for adults, $8.50 for college students with valid ID and seniors 65+, $6 for children aged four to 15 and free for children three and under.
Seasons of Apalachicola Bay is sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, the Council on Culture & Arts and Culture Builds Florida. To learn more about the Seasons of Apalachicola Bay exhibit or Tallahassee Museum, visit www.tallahasseemuseum.org or call 850-575-8684.