Deltona, Florida. The Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP) exhibition space at the Lyonia Envrionmental Center is proud to present “Stuart Rome: Wonders, Images of Florida’s Forests” on view through March 19th 2012. Florida has always figured large in the American psyche. Shrouded in mystery and myth, the Florida landscape has inspired awe, fear and conjecture. From the early days of the republic, through the era of exploration and to the present day, explorers, artists and writers chronicled their travels and discoveries in Florida for a curious and fascinated nation. Stuart Rome has followed in the footsteps of many of these great pro-genitors and journeyed to the heart of the Florida peninsula. His new body of landscape images adds to this rich and compelling history of botanic, scientific and artistic curiosity and draws some of its inspiration from the writings and journals of many important early naturalists. The eloquent tracery of patterns and details in his prints resonates with an inner glow and with a draftsmanship that veers at will from lyrical to muted to explosive, to capture the many and varied complexions of the processes at play in the natural world.