Friday (29-December-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 9: Big Cypress National Preserve.

I traveled down to southern Florida to visit Big Cypress Swamp and the Everglades. My base for next three days is Clyde Butcher’s “Swamp Bungalow” behind his Gallery in Ochopee. I stayed here once before, and during that visit did a guided swamp walk. 10-February-2014.

I arrived mid-afternoon, and after checking in at the Gallery walked back to the pond next to the “Swamp Cottage”. “Moma” the alligator was still there, but I didn’t see any of the babies near her. After cooking dinner, I walked back to the Gallery to access the WiFi. There was another alligator in the pond next to the parking lot that had just caught a big catfish for its dinner.

Alligator ("Moma") at Clyde Butcher's Gallery and Swamp Cottage. Winter Nature in Florida Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Alligator (“Moma”) at Clyde Butcher’s Gallery and Swamp Cottage. Winter Nature in Florida Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)




Three-Years Ago (10-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2014. Day 9: Big Cypress Swamp.

While staying at Clyde Butcher’s Swamp Bungalow, I went for a “Swamp Walk” in the Big Cyprus Swamp with Kristen and Angela. Before the trip, I got a pair of waders from Cabela’s. Not really sure what I was getting into, I only took a walking stick/monopod and my trusty Leica X2 travel camera. It was a lot of fun — and we didn’t see any alligators or water moccasin snakes. Just the week before, one of the invasive 15+ foot Burmese pythons was caught nearby.

Follow the leader into the jungle. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Follow the leader into the jungle. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Time to get your feet wet. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Time to get your feet wet. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Feet are now wet. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Feet are now wet. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.5, 1/50 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Just about out of the jungle. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Just about out of the jungle. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Just about out of the jungle. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher's Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Just about out of the jungle. Swamp walk with Kristen and Angela in the Everglades behind Clyde Butcher’s Big Cyprus Gallery. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)