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Refuge to celebrate opening of Clyde Butcher exhibition

By Staff | Oct 23, 2019

WOODY WALTERS Photographer Clyde Butcher shoots with large-format cameras.

The public is invited to the free kick-off celebration of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge 75th Anniversary Clyde Butcher Photographic Exhibition on Nov. 13 starting at 9 a.m. in the Visitor & Education Center.

Guests will be the first to view Butcher’s American Everglades Collection.

The opening will include refreshments, and at 10 a.m. an opportunity to meet the world-famous photographer, who will be available for a limited number of book signings outside the Refuge Nature Store. The store will be carrying books, notecards and other Clyde Butcher gifts.

The 35-piece exhibition will run daily through Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Often tagged “the Ansel Adams of Florida,” Butcher has made for himself a reputation based on black-and-white nature images taken with big cameras. The award-winning artist captures the Florida Everglades, coastal islands and other unspoiled areas with stunning majesty.

CLYDE BUTCHER The exhibition will include one of Clyde Butler’s most iconic portraits of the elusive ghost orchid.

“Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity,” he said.

“The underlying message to this important exhibition is the value of preserving the fragile Everglades habitat and the quality of our waterways in the pristine state Clyde Butcher has captured them,” Birgie Miller, executive director of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, said. “We thank Mark and Gretchen Banks for sponsoring the exhibition and Wayne and Linda Boyd for sponsoring the opening reception.”

For more information, visit Ding75.org.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.