Photographer Alex Abate has been in love with Florida's wilder side since he first came to Miami in 1979 to study marine biology at the University of Miami. His favorite place to shoot is Everglades National Park, and with the dawn of good high-resolution digital photograph, he's been able to experiment with a variety of shooting techniques and equipment. "My dad was a photographer when I was growing up. I spent a lot of time watching him work and photography has always been part of my life. So has nature, and I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with both nature and photography. Here, in Florida, the wonders of the wild are all around us. I am happy to be able to capture some of the beauty that is out there waiting to be discovered."