Clyde Butcher photo

One of Clyde Butcher’s hauntingly beautiful photos of Florida aquatic preserves on display through Feb. at the ELC.

VERO BEACH - The Environmental Learning Center presents a fascinating exhibit of black and white Florida nature photography by the legendary Clyde Butcher, Dec. 15-Feb. 28.

For the two days before the Butcher exhibit opens, the ELC campus will be lit up for WinterGreen Night Lights, Dec. 13-14 from 5-8 p.m.

Both events are intended to help families reconnect with nature.

WinterGreen Night Lights will include evening nature walks on the 64-acre lagoon-island campus with native plant gardens and boardwalk through mangrove forests, a sing-along bonfire with s’mores, canoe trips through leafy mangrove tunnels festooned with holiday lights, a sunset pontoon trip, star and planet gazing, and a Friday night drum circle.

The Clyde Butcher photo exhibit will feature 29 images that have never been seen on the Treasure Coast.

Clyde Butcher has been called “the next Ansel Adams” by Popular Photography magazine. His photography is all about protecting natural places, leading to six public broadcasting documentaries about the environment of Florida, including a 1992 PBS film about him called Visions of Florida.

“Big Cypress National Preserve is my home, so I'm very partial to its beauty,” Mr. Butcher has said. “It seems that no matter where I go in the Big Cypress photographic opportunities abound.”

Clyde Butcher’s admiration for Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades took root after the 1986 death of his son, when he found solace in the wilderness. During that time he switched from color to black and white film. His striking photos of the Everglades have earned him worldwide recognition, including an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Prague. The beauty of his photos also led the United Nations to ask Mr. Butcher to photograph the mountains of Cuba.

Admission to the Clyde Butcher photo exhibit is free with general admission.

Admission to WinterGreen Night Lights is free for ELC members and children under 2, and free to others who bring a new toy donation for the Homeless Child Foundation. For others, admission is $7 adults and children 12 and over; $5 for children 2-11 years old and active and retired military.

To order native living Christmas trees from ELC, visit https://elc.donorshops.com/LivingChristmasTree.

The Environmental Learning Center is located at 255 Live Oak Dr., Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 589-5050 or visit DiscoverELC.org.

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