TAVARES – The Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares, will play host to acclaimed nature journalist and photographer John Moran for an event entitled “Florida’s Springs” on Friday, Sept. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. This event is one of many being held as part of the inaugural Wings and Wildflowers Festival, which is set for Sept. 28-30 with numerous activities taking place throughout the County.
At this event, Moran, one of the festival’s keynote speakers, will present his celebrated photography exhibit, entitled “Still Searching for the Soul of Florida.” The exhibition utilizes adventure narrative, natural beauty and photography to provide a memorable, seldom seen look at Florida.
The general registration fee for this event is $15, while Florida Wildflower Foundation members will receive a discounted rate of $10. Those interested in registering to attend this event, or viewing the full list of scheduled events, can do so by visiting www.lakecountyfl.Com/GoWild. The deadline to register online is midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 25, though would-be participants may also register on Friday, Sept. 28 at Hickory Point Recreational Park, located at 27341 State Road 19 in Tavares.
An internationally recognized photographer, Moran’s work has appeared in numerous books and publications including National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times Magazine and on the cover of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida. He has also been named Photographer of the Year for the Southeastern U.S. by the National Press Photographers Association, and was the State of Florida’s contract nature photographer in 2006, creating a calendar on state lands distributed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Governor's office.
The Wings and Wildflowers Festival is Lake County’s inaugural birding and wildflower celebration. This weekend-long festival is filled with over 100 scheduled events and activities. The slate of events includes everything from wildlife photography hikes and guided kayak trips to bird watching expeditions and educational workshops. James Currie, host of NBC Sports’ Birding Adventures, will also serve as a keynote speaker for the festival.
For more information about “Florida’s Springs” or other Wings and Wildflowers Festival events, call the Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism at 352-742-3918, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lakecountyfl.com/GoWild.