Myakka River & Everglades
Soft Bound Books
Enjoy this set of books featuring landscapes from two of Clyde's favorite locations to photograph: The Everglades and Myakka River State Park.
CLOSE TO THE HEART America's Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher. This catalog explains the importance of the Everglades and its four main ecosystems with informative maps and diagrams. Clyde's stunning black and white images serve as snapshots of the depths of the Everglades. Myakka River: A Florida Treasure. This catalog explores Myakka River State Park, one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. Discover why Clyde and Niki Butcher love this park and have found solace there, after moving to Sarasota County from the Big Cypress National Preserve. Learn about the varying ecosystems along the Myakka River and the efforts by the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to preserve this Florida treasure. Questions or to order by phone 941-486-0811.
Book DetailsSet of two soft-bound books
Book size 7 ½” 10 ½”
America’s Everglades is 31 pages total features 36 photographs including three double page spreads and six full page photographs
Myakka River is 34 pages long total features 27 photographs including four double page spreads and four full page photographs
Published by Window of the Eye, Inc. Copyright ©2019
A Word from ClydeI have always felt that the best photographs are taken in surroundings near to your heart. When my son was killed by a drunk driver in 1986, I fled into the Big Cypress Preserve. I spent countless hours in the swamp, eventually building our home and gallery within the pristine ecosystem. Spending time in the swamp and capturing its primal beauty restoredmy soul. After my stroke in 2017, I knew I needed to find that peace once again. I began an exploration of my new backyard searching for the tranquility I had found in Big Cypress. This search would bring me to Myakka.
Where is the Everglades?Located in southern Florida, the Greater Everglades ecosystem stretches from wet prairies near Orlando in the center of the state, past the southernmost tip of mainland Florida, to coastal estuaries in Florida Bay. Although Everglades National Park was the first U.S. park created for biological merit (rather than geological features), the Everglades ecosystem is only partially protected within park borders. The Greater Everglades ecosystem extends through most of the southern third of the state.
Myakka RiverUltra-white sand beaches and magnificent sunsets have long defined Sarasota, however just nine miles east of I-75 you will find an environment just as alluring, exotic and primal, the Myakka River. For over twenty years, Clyde Butcher has explored the deeper regions of Myakka and spent seasons experiencing its changes and its diverse ecosystems. Designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, the tannic waters flow through bottomland swamp and freshwater marsh spilling into lakes and sinkholes. Alligators, turtles, and cottonmouths swim in the river. Herons, cranes, and limpkins strut through its shallows, feeding in the muck. In the rainy season, the river rises and floods. In the dry months, the river shrinks and wildlife once again line the banks of the Myakka.
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