by Katie Hendrick | August 25, 2016

Made In FLA: Clyde Butcher Inspired Images

Photos by a celebrated Sunshiney shutterbug and conservationist

Butcher was taken with this view of the grassland in Myakka River State Park. Photography by Clyde Butcher

Butcher was taken with this view of the grassland in Myakka River State Park. Photography by Clyde Butcher

Growing up in Southern California in the 1960s, Clyde Butcher’s favorite Florida-based television shows—Flipper and Sea Hunt—made him daydream about moving cross-country. When he finally arrived in the Sunshine State in 1980, camera in hand, his new home exceeded his expectations. “I felt like I had found a whole new planet,” he says. “Nowhere else in the country has an environment like ours. Our swamps, which never endure cold weather, have wonderful undergrowth. Our offshore waters are calm, clear and turquoise. And the clouds—they float so close to the earth, I often think I can reach out and touch them.” He uses his lens to capture his passion and share it with other nature lovers. On display at galleries in Ochopee and Venice, his black-and-white portraits of Florida’s lush landscapes have won myriad awards. Fall in love with his Florida photos on his website, and you can purchase your own, with matt and frame (prices vary). clydebutcher.com