Clyde Turns 70 in the Swamp

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.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 19:41h, 03 September

    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.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 19:41h, 03 September

    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.

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 19:41h, 03 September

    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!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:27h, 05 September

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

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:30h, 05 September

    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:)

  • Diana
    Posted at 10:37h, 07 September

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