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For Photographer Clyde Butcher, The Swamp Is A Beautiful Place

Clyde Butcher and Ansel Adams have a few things in common: big cameras, a love of landscapes, and beards. (Although in a beard contest, Butcher would undoubtedly win.) He's an award-winning environmental photographer based in the Florida wetlands; he actually has a house in a preserve called "The Loose Screw Sanctuary." His black-and-white images show a surreal land of gnarly tree limbs, drooping Cyprus branches and the puffiest of clouds.

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Greg Allen for NPR followed Butcher through the swamps, waist-high in water on the job. An intrepid documentarian, Butcher carries a large-format camera around the swamps on his back, like a time traveler hailing from the days of uncharted America.

Butcher is currently shooting photos for a project that will document the entire Everglades ecosystem, from the headwaters near Orlando all the way down to Florida Bay. He's working to turn that into a multi-media exhibit that will tour the country called, "The Everglades: America's Amazon." Learn more on his Web site.

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