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Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery January 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

As we crossed the state on the Tamiami Trail, we saw birds, gators, and . . . fine art!

Clyde Butcher is an award-winning photographer who is not afraid of wading waist deep in water nor of waiting for hours to catch the right mix of sun, sky, and shadows for his stellar shots.

In short, he has patience to capture the exact configuration he wants.

We enjoyed touring his Big Cypress Gallery.

Both inside and out.

Noting that other artists aren’t constrained to black and white images or imaginings.

We skipped the guided tour ~ Walk On The Wild Side.

Trekking through the mucky muck of the Big Cypress Swamp surrounding the gallery (even with a seasoned professional as our tour guide) held no appeal.

Watching gators from an elevated boardwalk is more our speed.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Kate Crimmins - January 17, 2018

Much elevated! I’ve never lived around gators so I fear them but don’t know how lethal they are. If there was a coffee bar or some drinky place, I’d meet you there afterward!

nrhatch - January 17, 2018

Unlike crocodiles, which are quite aggressive, alligators tend to be rather placid unless provoked or hungry. That said, I want to remain out of reach of those massive chompers . . . at all times.

Plus, gators share the swamp with snakes ~ some of which are good swimmers. So I’m staying on the boardwalk, not swishing and wading about in the water.

Now, about that drink . . .

Kate Crimmins - January 17, 2018


2. L. Marie - January 17, 2018

Love your photos, Nancy! I totally want that dragonfly chair!

nrhatch - January 17, 2018

Me too! I would have tested it out for comfort, but the seat of the chair was wet from a recent rain shower.

Sorry I cut off its head so you didn’t get the full effect. πŸ˜‰

3. Tippy Gnu - January 17, 2018

Sure wish I didn’t live so far away. This looks like a place I’d like to visit.

nrhatch - January 17, 2018

Check out his gallery on line ~ you will get a sense of the space:


But to really appreciate the Big Cypress Preserve, you’ll need to visit the Sunshine State!

Tippy Gnu - January 17, 2018

He’s pretty good in my view. It’s amazing how great B&W photography can look.

nrhatch - January 17, 2018

We love his work . . . even if it’s a bit “fat” for our wallets.

4. Ally Bean - January 17, 2018

Interesting place to visit. Your photos are great. And all I thought that was down there was swamp and Spanish moss!

nrhatch - January 17, 2018

We enjoyed seeing a bit more of Florida on our last two trips ~ it’s a B~I~G state ~> 831.8 miles (12.5 hours) from Pensacola to Key West by car.

5. Jill Weatherholt - January 17, 2018

I love that last fella…looks kind of like how I feel today. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 17, 2018

Haha! I can’t decide if that means that you’re amused, bemused or rolling your eyes in disbelief. Hang in there!

Jill Weatherholt - January 17, 2018

A little of each! πŸ™‚

6. Debra - January 21, 2018

I know what you’re saying when you say “Florida is a big state!” I’ve lived in California my entire life and traveled up and down the state, but there are still corners and pockets I hope to visit sometime–you just can’t see it all! I hope you have many such opportunities to just get out on the road and explore! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - January 21, 2018

That’s the game plan ~> we’ll pick a corner or a pocket and have a look see.

We just watched The Lost City of Z about an explorer looking for a city in the Amazon. He had to contend with mosquitos, piranha, cannibals, etc. We should have a much easier time of it. πŸ˜€

7. Agness of eTramping - January 22, 2018

Excellent pictures and a really great place to visit, Nancy. I fell in love with the dragonfly chair! Is it possible to buy it?

nrhatch - January 22, 2018

I’m sure it is possible ~ you could check on the website.

8. Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes - March 2, 2018

Loving the photos, Nancy. Looks like a fun trip… it’s cool visiting places that are full of quirky displays… like the figurine with the camera, the chair…. and I think I would have loved his photographs πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 2, 2018

His photography is stellar ~ which comes from carting around BIG cameras into inaccessible areas and waiting for the light to be “just right.”

Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes - March 2, 2018

I know what you mean, I have a few photos by Rodney Lough Jr. who does the same type of photography… I got these from his photo gallery in San Francisco in 2009. He to had some awesome photos…

nrhatch - March 2, 2018

Clyde Butcher’s B&W shots of the Everglades remind me of Ansel Adams B&W shots of Yosemite. Very telling.

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