On December 1 Clyde Butcher’s exhibit, “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” opened at the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS).
The exhibit stuns, with larger than life black and white images of our country’s natural beauty. In addition to photographs of the Florida Everglades, Butcher captures scenes from California, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.
We asked Butcher, who is known for photographing Floridanature, why he decided to photograph other states. He told us simply, “It’s there,” and that “America is probably the most beautiful place in the world.” The varied landscapes captured in his photos include “subtropical to freezing, to deserts, to rocks.” These unique landscapes offer unexpected turns for viewers of his exhibit.
Butcher has a deep commitment to preserving the landscapes he captures on film. Following his opening reception, Butcherspoke to a full house at MIHS, telling stories and inspiring islanders to take care of their environment.
The message is clear: appreciate and respect nature, before it is too late.
Butcher’s photographs speak his message. We asked him what he wants people to learn from this series of photos. He told us, “The world is beautiful- don’t mess it up any more than it is.”
“Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” willbe on display at MIHS until February 10, 2016.
The Marco Island Historical Society is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island. MIHS is open 9 AM-4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Visit their website at www.the MIHS.com or call 239-642-1440 for more information.
For more information on Clyde Butcher’s photography, go to www.ClydeButcher.com or visit the Big Cypress Gallery, on US 41/Tamiami Trail, Mile Marker 54.5 in Ochopee (Everglades).