Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Weather Channel Films Clyde

The Weather Channel was in town doing
some filming in Miami and decided to
do a segment on Clyde for the
program they are putting together.

We don't know when the program will
air, but we will announce it
as soon as we know.

I'm sorry I don't know the name of
the Weather Channel photographer
who sent us these photos. If someone
out there knows, please let me know
because these are some
wonderful images of Clyde &
he deserves recognition!

They began in the gallery and then
headed out doors and eventually
Clyde got them out into the swamp.

Brief interview in the front yard

The film crew headed out into
the swamp...their first time in
the swamps of Florida. It's always
fun for Clyde to share in a "first
time in the swamp" experience
with film crews.

My favorite photo of Clyde...
In this photo Clyde looks
like he is really enjoying his
self...and most of the time
he really is!

Aborigine's Attack Big Cypress Gallery!

Big Cypress Gallery!!!

Well...not quite, but it does make for
good headlines!

A group of college students from Canada
asked if they could use our property
to film a project for their final exam.
We said, "Sure"...and when we saw the
"Aborigine's" and the "Great
White Hunter" in their film we
couldn't resist taking this photo!

Diane, Jackie, Donna and Don
being attacked by the
Aborigine actors

Joseph Saxton Photographic Gallery, Ohio Exhibit

Clyde Butcher: Wilderness Visions

May 7 - June 25

The exhibit at the
Joseph Saxton Gallery was a
great success. Tim and Stephen
have created a wonderful tribute
to the art of photography in
their gallery. They have an amazing
selection of historic photographic work
by more than 160 photographers that
spand the entire breadth and history
of the photographic medium. From
early dagguerotypes and tintypes to
modern giclee prints...the selection
is inspirational!

The gallery is located in the century-old
A.H.Wilson Building (1909) that has
recently been renovated.

If you're ever in the area, be sure
to stop by and enjoy their gallery and
say hi to them for us!

Clyde signing books

We were so pleased to see
Bill Carrol again after all
these years! He was the
head ranger at Big Cypress
National Preserve when we
began building our gallery
there in 1992. What a wonderful


The architecture in downtown
Canton is wonderful...both
traditional and modern and
even some "fun" murals...
a neat city. It is hard to see
such a beautiful city going
through hard times. We hope
that Ohio sees better times soon.

Leaving Canton and heading for home

We've had such an enjoyable time on
this trip through Washington DC, Wabash
Indiana, and Canton Ohio...there are so
many good people in the world and it
is refreshing to meet so many of them!

Acres Land Trust - Photo Excursion

Ross Run

While we were in Indiana at the
Honeywell Art Center exhibit
of Clyde's photography, we met
Jason Kissel, Executive Director
of ACRES Land Trust.

The ACRES Land Trust was formed
in 1960 to preserve land in its
natural state. In their words: "In
our most aware sensitive moments,
we may be fortunate enough to be
moved by the spiritual values we find
in them (the land). Land and its life
have made our lives on earth possible."

Jason invited us to photograph some of
the preserves within their Trust. We had
very little time, so in hopes of doing more
than one location, we began the next day
by visiting Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run.

Clyde heading down the path
for an afternoon excursion.

Normally, he takes his camera
with him, but it was windy and
he wouldn't be able to photograph,
so this was just a walk to see
what the possibilities were.

Everywhere I turned mother nature
was announcing the coming spring
with bouquets of wildflowers.

Dogwood bloom laying on the ground

Clyde and I came to the conclusion that
some of the best photo opportunities
were down in Ross Run looking
down the creek. However, that would
mean a hike in the water in order
to reach those spots. That wouldn't
be so bad if it was a hot summer
day, but that COLD water on a
cold day isn't something we were
going to do. (I know, you northerners
are calling us chicken...but hey, we're
Floridians. We need warmth!)

These two images (above and below)
were as close to the creek as we
could get. The majority
of the creek required a climb down
into it. The banks were filled with
wonderful geologic texture and
would have made for interesting
photography...perhaps some
warm summer day...

If any of you live in the area, check it out
and send us some photos. We'd love
to see them!

Looking down into Ross Run

A very strange plant with "thingys"
growing out of the leaves...mmmm...

The spring forest was so filled
with fresh new green it seemed
that the sunlight was also in
shades of green...the feeling
of new life was invigorating.

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon
walk through a beautiful part of
Indiana. I'm so thankful that in the
midst of all this farmland the community
has chosen to save portions of nature
for us to enjoy.

Clyde found an image that he though
might have potential, so we decided
to return the next day.

Then next morning we woke up bright
and early to a gray sky with threatening
rain...perfect for photography IF there
is no wind. However, by the time we
got to Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
a slight breeze had come up.

With the absence of light (because of the
heavy overcast), Clyde would have long
exposures. Nothing can move...a
challenge when there is a breeze!

Hiking into Hathaway Preserve
at Ross Run

Even though we got here early
in the morning, the wind had
already begun. We waited
a long time for brief moments
of stillness in order to take
the photo. It took Clyde about
an hour to take 8 photos of the
same image...hoping that at least
one of them came out without
any movement!

While I was waiting for Clyde to
take the photo, I took a short
hike and came across this
beautiful little wild flower.

It was a joy to be out
in nature and take pleasure
in the beauty of this great
place we call

We had hoped to photograph some
different areas of the ACRES Land
Trust, but for the following three
days the wind howled making
large format photography impossible.

We had to leave for Clyde's next opening
in Ohio, so regretfully, we left this
wonderful bunch of people and beautiful
area of Indiana.

Honeywell Art Center, Wabash, Ind. Exhibit

America's National Parks:
A Monumental Vision by
Clyde Butcher

April 29 - June 30

The exhibit was located in the lobby
of the Honeywell Theater Art Center

They did an excellent job of hanging
the exhibit...especially since it was
on a curved wall!

Clyde giving a talk

Checking out the selection
of Clyde's books

Clyde signing books

Wabash is a sweet little community that
has a real love of the arts. They
are refurbishing the historic section of
their downtown and always improving
their community. It was wonderful to
be a part of an event in a community
that appreciates the arts. We had a
wonderful time.

Washington DC

Senator LeMieux invited Clyde to testify at
the Commerce Committee meeting on ideas
of how to increase tourism in our unknown
National Parks. We have never done anything
like this, so it was VERY interesting and
a lot of fun to be included in our

On our way to Washington DC

We stayed at the Henley Hotel. It was
very nicely located near everything and
also had a great restaurant with VERY
good food. sweet...Clyde brought
me breakfast in bed!

Clyde in front of the Capitol
It is hard to covey the thrill and
pride that filled me when we came
up to the Capitol building. DC is
just as amazing and
diverse as our

That person standing at the bottom
of the steps is Clyde...sort of gives
you an idea of how big the Capitol
actually is!

Walking up to the Russell
Senate Building for the
Commerce Committee Meeting

Ceiling in the lobby of the
Senate Building

Beautiful stairs


Hallway of the Senate
Imagine all the things that go on
behind those doors!

Meet & greet Senator LeMieux and others

Clyde and Ken Burns. Ken used some
of Clyde's images in his latest project
The National Parks: America's Best
Idea. Ken joined the panel.

Everyone is getting ready for questions
from the Senators. There were some good
ideas. I hope all of us helped with ideas that
seemed logical and that the government
is able to use.

Leaving Washington DC

Admiring all of the Dogwood in bloom
as we leave Washington DC. Feels good
to see nature instead of buildings...