Lace up your old sneaks and get ready to walk the swamp this Halloween weekend. Walks depart from iconic landscape photographer Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery, where he is hosting an open house October 29 and 30. Gather family and friends and sign up for a trek led by Big Cypress National Preserve rangers. Remember to wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt, and don’t forget the bug spray and a hat. It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothes.
Fee is $50 for adults, free for children. Kids must be at least 6 years old, or tall enough to walk the swamp. All proceeds go to the South Florida National Parks Trust to support outdoor education programs for kids in Big Cypress. You will also have the chance to meet Butcher, who will be exhibiting for the first time all his photographs of 33 National Parks that he has photographed over the past 50 years.
Butcher, who will be in the gallery both days greeting guests and signing books, considers himself more a teacher than a photographer in hopes that, by sharing nature’s beauty, it will be kept in a natural condition for future generations. This noble goal is one that aligns perfectly with the objectives of the National Park Service’s 100th year anniversary.
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