Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Wildlife Photographer Butcher Open House

Famed Everglades Photographer Invites Public To Gallery
Clyde Butcher and his wife Niki will open their photographic gallery to the public for the 20th anniversary celebration of Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery in the Florida Everglades. 

The anniversary weekend activities will take place at Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in the Big Cypress Preserve, Western Everglades on February 16-18, 2013. 

During the three-day weekend event, guests are invited to meet the photographer, take guided swamp tours, and learn about Butcher’s 20 years of displaying unique black and white photography at the gallery.

Butcher will be in the gallery all three days to greet guests and autograph books from 10am – 5pm. The event will feature family friendly activities throughout the weekend including speakers throughout the day: Rangers from the Big Cypress National Preserve, Friends of Big Cypress, Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge and more. 

For a fee there will also be guided wet swamp walks where visitors can explore the beautiful nature preserve right in the backyard of the gallery while free guided dry walks will leave every half hour with no reservation required.

Recent projects include work for Florida's "Save Our Rivers" program, the South Florida Water Management District, the D.E.P., Divisions of State Lands, the Bureau of Submerged Lands and Preserves, Everglades National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, River Keepers, and the Wilderness Society. 

The Sierra Club has given him the Ansel Adams Conservation Award, which is given to a photographer who shows excellence in photography and has contributed to the public awareness of the environment.

The Big Cypress Gallery is located on thirteen acres in the center of the Everglades, mid-way between Naples and Miami on Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41), in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The gallery is surrounded by more than a million acres of National Park wetlands and cypress strands of wild Florida.

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