Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat

“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Clyde Turns 70 in the Swamp

Clyde Butcher turned 70 years young and was having people over to his studio in the Everglades. I was happy to go to his studio today and see his new work and also enjoy his old work. He has photos of Cayo Costa that I have admired for over 18 years. Clyde signed a book of his photos of Cuba for me as we talked about Cayo Costa and Cuba. He has extraordinary photos from both places. After the signing of the book I went on a little photo safari in the swamp. Clyde's work is inspiring in many ways. Thank you, Clyde. On the way out of the glades I purchased some beautiful bead work from Veronica, who grew up in the glades and is keeping the Miccosukee tradition alive with her bead work. Thank you Veronica.


Janet from IL said...

Happy Birthday to Clyde!

Capt. Brian,
I'm nervous just looking at the photo of you standing in the swamp water. Aren't you a bit afraid of gators and snakes and leeches?
:) On a more positive note, the flora and fauna of Florida are amazing - love the photos of the bird of paradise and the tiny shoots coming from the large branch. As always, thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Great photos, Captain Brian!! It's like we are there with you. Is that a second gator hanging on the log? Brian has always wanted to visit the Everglades but Melissa and I veto it every trip. He might get lucky next trip :-) It would be worth it just to visit Clyde's gallery.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

REALLY interesting post Brian. Great photos. Clyde sounds like the kind of guy I'd love to sit and talk to and do a whole blog post about.

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Janet, The wildlife and plants exceeds the fear. (Most times:)

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Nancy, That was a small gator. Nothing like Melissa took a photo of. You should go to the glades. You would like it once it as over:)

Anonymous said...

Awesome photos! Especially love the one of the butterfly. What a great experience for you!