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75th Anniversary Exhibition

Clyde Butcher shoots with large-format cameras. Photo by Woody Walters.

Photo of the Florida Everglades by Clyde Butcher.


Often tagged “the Ansel Adams of Florida,” photographer Clyde Butcher has made a big reputation for himself based on big black-and-white nature images taken with big cameras.

Starting Nov. 13, 2019, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) will be hosting a special Clyde Butcher exhibition as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

The award-winning artist captures the Florida Everglades, coastal islands, and other unspoiled areas with stunning majesty.

“Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity,” says Butcher.

As the refuge approaches its 75th anniversary on Dec. 1, 2020, staff and DDWS are gearing up to celebrate now through the milestone year.

Political cartoonist and conservationist Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling saw to the opening of the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge in 1945.

“Jay Darling would surely be proud of how far the refuge has come since its inception,” said Doris Hardy, chair of the 75th Anniversary Committee. “It has added significant acreage to the complex, built a Visitor & Education Center, consistently celebrated conservation art, educated hundreds of millions, and, most importantly, given wildlife a safe haven. We feel we have every right and responsibility to celebrate the occasion in a big way!”

The Clyde Butcher Photography 75th Anniversary Celebration will run through Feb. 5, 2020, and will include 35 of his renowned images from his Everglades collection, said Ann-Marie Wildman, exhibition coordinator.

“The underlying message to this important exhibition is the value of preserving the fragile Everglades habitat and the quality of our waterways,” said DDWS executive director Birgie Miller.

For more information on the exhibition and 75th anniversary calendar of events, visit

To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit or contact Birgie Miller at 239-292-0566, 239-472-1100 ext. 4, or [email protected].



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