Swamped by Beauty

Until Douglas came along, the consensus was that the Everglades was just a watery obstacle to development

The other shot, by Kent Barker, was taken in 1989, when Douglas was 99. She sits in an Adirondack chair in the middle of the Everglades, as if it might be her living room. The cloudy backdrop has the feel of the work of photographer Clyde Butcher, another Everglades champion. No doubt, Douglas appreciated the resonance.

Did Marjory find the fountain of youth in the Everglades?
photos by Michael McElroy
Did Marjory find the fountain of youth in the Everglades?
The Douglas goin'-out outfit: floppy hat, gloves, pearls
The Douglas goin'-out outfit: floppy hat, gloves, pearls

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On display through February 16. Call 954-463-4431.
Old Fort Lauderdale Museum of History, New River Inn, 231 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

The first lines of The Everglades: River of Grass are perhaps the most famous words written about the subject, but they bear repeating: "There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them." For the developers who still seek to infringe on these wetlands, their loss would just be the price of progress. For Douglas, they were a living work of art whose loss would be irrevocable. Alas, the struggle between those two points of view continues nearly a decade after her death.

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