Clyde Butcher hopes photographs inspire preservation

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    Ochopee, Florida - When Clyde Butcher first moved to Florida in 1979, he says he couldn't find anything beautiful to photograph. More than two decades later, his pictures have helped thousands discover the beauty of the Everglades and Big Cypress Preserve.
    Clyde Butcher, Photographer
    Well, I didn't understand Florida and I think people need to understand their own environment to appreciate it.

    That appreciation is also why Butcher hopes his work inspires others to think about conservation and preservation.

    Clyde Butcher, Photographer
    When I'm out here by myself, I'm wondering, is this going to be here in 20 years?

    Butcher will often spend hours on swamp walks, looking for that perfect picture. He says the time with Mother Nature has made him realize the importance of protecting nature.

    Clyde Butcher, Photographer
    This world of ours, how can it get any better than this? I mean the different places around this planet are fantastic and we don't appreciate how wonderful a planet we have. I just come back here and say wow; I wouldn't want to lose this.

    On Friday, an exhibit of Butcher's work will open at the Gulf Coast Museum of art in Largo. The exhibit titled, "The American Wilderness" runs until January 28th.

    Butcher, who is often called the "Ansel Adams of Florida", will be at the museum for a reception and seminar on December 1st and 2nd.

    Preston Rudie, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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