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Clyde Butcher National Park photos on permanent display in Fort Lauderdale

Clyde Butcher National Park photos on permanent display in Fort Lauderdale

When Clyde Butcher stands chest-deep in the swampy spread of the Florida Everglades with his Civil War-era camera, always hunting for the perfect photograph, he must summon an uncommon patience.

Butcher once remained patient for three years. In 1991, the photographer was swimming alongside a canoe on the winding Loxahatchee River outside Jupiter, waiting for still winds and bright sun, when Butcher spotted his chance. He unloaded his 8-by-10 field camera, planted it on a tripod just above the river's surface, and snapped a six-minute-long exposure of the scene: bright, glassy water, drooping palms along the riverbank.

"That day was perfect, absolutely still. How often...

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