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    Big Cypress National Preserve

    Today was a big day in Big Cypress - the new visitor center, eleven years in the making, opened today. I wish I had the words to describe what a unique, pristine and sometimes downright spooky place it is. There is nothing quite like leaving home at dark-thirty in the morning and arriving in Big Cypress just as the sun is starting to come up and all the critters are waking up and beginning their morning chatter. It's a different universe out there.



    As the sun rises, the fog burns off and the dew evaporates, and you get a good look at how dry everything is this time of year. Where there was almost two feet of water four months ago, there is only crunchy grass now. On these kind of mornings, you can't even buy a cloud.



    The upside is that there are no mosquitos this time of year. But they will be back in about two months, when the rains return.

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    Great pix. If only you could shoot while moving: as I recall, mosquitoes only fly about four miles an hour. People who haven't been there ask about the alligators; people who have, ask about the mosquitoes.

    Last time I was there was in September, and in the time it takes to set up a tripod, you become a mosquito picnic.

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    Re: Big Cypress National Preserve

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post

    Last time I was there was in September, and in the time it takes to set up a tripod, you become a mosquito picnic.

    Steve
    Now that sounds like fun

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    It's challenging, but beautiful. Surprisingly, the mosquitoes are less of a problem outside the towns. When you're actually wading in the water, they are aren't as bothersome as there are other critters, fish and plants, that prey on mosquitoes.

    I guess alligators are theoretically a threat, but they're so shy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    People who haven't been there ask about the alligators; people who have, ask about the mosquitoes.
    So true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    It's challenging, but beautiful. Surprisingly, the mosquitoes are less of a problem outside the towns. When you're actually wading in the water, they are aren't as bothersome as there are other critters, fish and plants, that prey on mosquitoes.

    I guess alligators are theoretically a threat, but they're so shy.
    Exactly right. The biggest cause of mosquito infestation is standing water. And most of the water in the Everglades ecosystem is always moving.

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    Re: Big Cypress National Preserve

    I replaced the first photo on Flickr which made it dissapear in my original post, here is the replacement:


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    Re: Big Cypress National Preserve

    BTW, gorgeous B&W cypress swamp photo. I need to visit the southeast swamps sometime; your photos and Clyde Butcher's make it look very interesting.

    Lisa

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    I got a chance to meet Clyde Butcher in person this winter at the South Florida Fair . He had a major exhibit with about 40 of his large prints. I asked him about the shoot he did with Michael Reichman (Luminous Landscape) that was put onto one of their DVDs.

    Quote from Clyde "You should have seen MR wading thru the water with his what $40K digital back ..no thats scary".

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenerrolrd View Post
    I got a chance to meet Clyde Butcher in person this winter at the South Florida Fair . He had a major exhibit with about 40 of his large prints. I asked him about the shoot he did with Michael Reichman (Luminous Landscape) that was put onto one of their DVDs.

    Quote from Clyde "You should have seen MR wading thru the water with his what $40K digital back ..no thats scary".

    LMAO!!! I can just hear him saying it...

    Clyde and his wife are two of the most lovely, down to earth people you'll ever meet. His gallery in Big Cypress is terrific, a "must visit" if you're in the area.

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    Re: Big Cypress National Preserve

    What's amazing is that the area depicted is probably an hour's drive from Miami. Yet few people, even locals like Doug , seem to get there. Just driving through is amazing.

    Here's a roadside shot by Clyde Butcher: http://www.clydebutcher.com/online-g...cfm?holdid=125. Note the two pix of Clyde, in his darkroom, and in the 'Glades.

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    Re: Big Cypress National Preserve

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    What's amazing is that the area depicted is probably an hour's drive from Miami. Yet few people, even locals like Doug , seem to get there. Just driving through is amazing.
    It never ceases to amaze me how many people in Miami have never visited Big Cypress, or Everglades National Park for that matter.

    Maybe Jack & Guy should do a workshop here. Maybe mix in a little fishing too.

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