DAYDREAMING ALONG ALLIGATOR ALLEY | Niki ButcherBig Cypress National Preserve © 1986
Photographic Story When I-75 was called Alligator Alley, it was two lanes and didn’t have any fencing. I loved the drive. Watching the grass sway in the wind, the freedom of the birds in flight and the magnificent clouds overhead…all of that would take me away to another place. I always ended up daydreaming as we traveled across the “alley”. It’s still a beautiful drive…just different. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Niki prints her images on fiber-base black and white mat surface paper in the darkroom, then using Q-tips and cotton balls, she applies a thin coat of oil paint over the surface allowing the image to gently be seen through the oil paint. Archival Print Making Niki’s open edition gicleé artwork is printed on Sunset Bright Velvet Rag matte finish paper using eight archival inks. A state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro printer creates deep, rich dark values that hold subtle detail in the shadows as well as bright vivid colors that are truly tropical.