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Clyde Butcher-Nature's Places of Spiritual Sanctuary: Photographs from 1961 to 1999 Hardcover – 1999

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"From the introduction by Bill Meadows, president, The Wilderness Society: "In the wilderness, there is unparalleled beauty. This beauty helps us maintain a vital sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world, keys to stimulating a deeper commitment to stewardship of our earth, her people, and all living things. Through his photography, Clyde challenges us to look at the natural world with a fresh perspective, not as detached observers, but as intimate, spiritually engaged participants. He magnifies reality in ways that encourage us to view nature with awe and respect. By demonstrating the unity of all beautiful, natural places, his artwork provides a compelling illustration of why wilderness should be preserved and sustained by linking natural lands together in a unified whole." "Florida's interior is not easily accessible, but through Clyde's images the heart and soul of Florida have been shown to thousands of people, changing the very essence of the way people view Florida's environment. Clyde's images produce a unique feeling of reverence toward the land in which we live. His images revive our desire to carry on, with vigor, the fight to save our 'places of spiritual sanctuary.' " - Nathaniel Reed, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior"

About the Author

Clyde Butcher has recently been honored by the State of Florida with the highest award that can be given to a private citizen, the Artists Hall of Fame Award, for his photographic excellence. He has also received the Conservation Colleague Award from The Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Conservation Award, given for excellence in photography and contributions to the public awareness of the environment. He was also chosen Person of the Week on the ABC Peter Jennings Evening News program and has received the Heartland Community Service Award from the State of Florida, for his work in educating the people of Florida about the beauty of their state.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Window of the Eye (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967584221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967584225
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 15.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a huge, gorgeous book. Nothing wrong with it at all. However, if you check Clyde Butcher's website or call his gallery, you will find that it currently is available brand new for $125. I have no idea why the price here is so high -- unless this is one of the limited, signed and numbered editions that comes with a framed photograph. The seller does not specify, so please, ask before you buy!
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I had to write a review to counter the 3-star review that dings the book because of the price Marketplace sellers are asking for. That it not Butcher's fault, and to give a low review for what you otherwise call an "excellent book" just because of things beyond Butcher's control is a cheap shot.

This is a fabulous collection of Butcher's work from all over the country, not just the Florida pictures for which he is most famous. With details on his training and technique, but mostly filled to the brim with glorious full-page photos, this book is a joy to explore again and again. I look through it often and always find new surprises in the depths of his art. It's definitely worth tracking down.
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I first saw a Clyde Butcher photo gracing the cover of Jeff Klinkenberg's book, "Seasons of Real Florida." It was called, "Loxahatchee River #30" and was mesmerizing, just as the photos in this very large book are. Readers will appreciate and enjoy panoramic views of untouched beauty, and hopefully walk away with a better understanding of the photographer and his message. Also included is a photographic journal, describing the photo locations, personal anecdotes and feelings Mr. Butcher experiences while outdoors. These photographs remind us all to slow down and look around--enjoy that hike or outdoor trip by taking it all in. By doing so, we may realize and feel what Clyde Butcher already knows--our land is a very special place in need of preservation and restoration. If you can't get spirituality by being outdoors, try thumbing through this book--it's the next best thing.
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Because I live in Florida, we call Clyde Butcher our "Ansel Adams of Florida. I personally have one large photograph of the west coast on Florida hanging in my library.
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