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Clyde’s Backyard

Clyde Butcher’s world is one of swamps, rivers, saw grass prairies, summer storms and black & white photography. As we had to be in Florida this week, we decided to visit his kingdom for a Sunday photo shoot in the swamps by his gallery. Fascinating places the swamps of Big Cypress, The Everglades and the Fakahatchee Strand. So difficult to photograph. Take a look at all the stuff behind the photographers. So much stuff. Our eye selectively focuses and it’s lovely in there. The camera gathers it all up so our photographs tend to be a busy mess. We need to learn how to select and simplify. Part of the challenge is finding more open territory hopefully something other than a roadside ditch albeit one deep in the Fakahatchee Strand. We will be back.

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More Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More fun than sitting on a whoopee cushion – launched from the boat voluntarily and otherwise. Voluntarily: The standing wave at the entrance rapids to the Olympic course really pops raft sterns up in the air. Some guides use this motion to add a bit of showmanship to the ride leaping with the pop. Then they settle down to prepare their folks for the end of the course, a double step set of rapids, Godzilla and Humongus. Involuntarily: if a raft doesn’t have a good line through Godzilla, it will turn sideways, get sucked back, dig in and pitch people out. Happens often so the raft companies share stationing people on the rocks with thow lines to collect those in the water. Pretty dramatic stuff.

Get psyched. Regulars told us that Labor Day weekend is a slow weekend. That means less holding and waiting one’s turn through the bigger rapids. Sounds good. Sign us up. So we now have our schedule marked for next Labor Day. Come up here to visit and run Olympic whitewater. We have raft company recommendations right down to names of guides to request.

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Olympic Moment

Want that Olympic moment? Buy a kayak rig. Maybe consider adding a face mask to the helmet. Don’t forget the nose clip for the inevitable rolls under water. Practice and then go up to the upper Ocoee River to the Olympice whitewater course from the ’96 Olympics. On Saturday morning they open a valve at Ocoee Dam #3, down comes the water and down come rafts & kayaks. Quite an experience.
And how many images does it take to get an Olympic moment captured? We shoot at 9 frames a second chasing that elusive peak of action. In two and half hours, Dee shot some 900 plus. I shot 1800 frames. Got my moment and more.
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