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Big Cypress National Preserve
North and south of the Tamiami Trail between Naples and Miami, Florida

Big Cypress is a vast area of marsh and swamp, traversed by two major highways, but otherwise mostly inaccessible by road. It was set aside to protect the southward flow of water from Lake Okeechobee that sustains the Everglades ecosystem. It has a visitor center, several campgrounds, and miles of wilderness waterways. Photographer Clyde Butcher maintains a gallery near the west edge of the swamp (as well as one in Naples) and at one time also lived there.Wikipedia: Big Cypress National Preserve on Wikipedia.

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Alligators at the Oasis Visitor Center at Big Cypress

Alligators at the Oasis Visitor Center at Big Cypress

Viewing alligators from the boardwalk at the Big Cypress National Preserve visitor center. People are amazed to see the 'gators so close by, and shoot lots of pictures. This ditch, the Tamiami Canal, is the borrow area used in building the Tamiami Trail in the 1920's.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Date photographed: March 15, 2015
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Photographer Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery

Photographer Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery

Clyde Butcher, the Florida photographer famous for his large format black and white photographs of south Florida landscapes, has long maintained the Big Cypress Gallery, actually located in the swamp.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Date photographed: March 15, 2015
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In the swampy forest behind the Big Cypress Gallery

In the swampy forest behind the Big Cypress Gallery

Behind the Big Cypress Gallery there is a short loop trail through a swampy forest.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Date photographed: March 15, 2015
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