Duration: 15min 36sec
Category: 2020 Selection
Director: Eric Bendick
Producer: Eric Bendick, Thomas Winston, Steven Bedard
Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces. In their quest to identify the pollinator of the ghost orchid, this team spent three summers standing waist-deep in reptile-laden water, swatting air blackened by mosquitoes, and climbing to sometimes nausea-inducing heights. They came away with an even deeper love for Florida’s wildest wetlands—and with surprising revelations that may help to conserve both the endangered orchid and its shrinking home.