Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida's Agricultural Heritage in Paintings by Robert Butler

Timber Shadows

Timber Shadows

As shown in this painting, the organized nature of this forest reveals the touch of man. Man and forest have a long history. The ancient forests have been his source of food, nurtured his imagination and evoked the demons of his inner fears. Man has also learned to harness the resources of the forest so as to benefit from its many gifts.

Seldom does the modern world realize its complete dependency on products from the forest.

Those who cultivate and exploit its resources are efficiently translating them into the artful conveniences of every-day life.

As our knowledge of the forest expands, more benefits will flow to mankind. Men will build cities, and perhaps the forest will become the place of sylvan secrets. But that is for another time.

For now, we can still submit ourselves to the cool shadows of the evening, and while there, ponder the mystery of secret places in the forest of our mind.

In the new millennium, men may look to the stars, but the forest will remain his beneficiary here on Mother Earth.

— Robert Butler, 1999

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