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Claudine Laabs Photography

(Please note: mention of Claudine Laabs Photography does not constitute an endorsement by the USGS for this product)

Claudine has been photographing in the Everglades since 1981 when she first saw the big beautiful wading birds feeding in Mrazek Pond. She photographs wildlife, landscapes, and aerials in the Everglades system, as well as, in other areas of Florida. Her work is published in Audubon calendars, World Wildlife Fund books and many magazines - National Wildlife, U.S. News and World Report, & Palm Beach Illustrated.

These are some examples of her work:

photo of alligator head Sungator - "Welcome to the Everglades!" alligator greets visitors

photo of waters and grasses of Taylor Slough with rain clouds overhead Summerain - Early summer rain clouds cover Taylor Slough in Everglades National Park

photo of sunrise Sunsawgrass - Summer sunrise silhouettes the sawgrass in bloom

photo of waters and grasses of Shark River Slough with clouds overhead Sumclouds - Summer clouds build over the Shark River slough as water moves through the 'River of Grass'

photo of pond seen during the dry season Dry Season - Winter is usually the dry season when wildlife gathers in the few remaining ponds

photo of a heron feather lying atop water One feather - One heron feather floats in the sawgrass - this might be all that is left if the Evergaldes in not restored

"Memorial for Scientists Who Died Tragically While Performing Field Investigations" (The memorials for Craig, Scott, and Cristina include photographs that Claudine dedicated in their honor.)

photo of wetlands
Image courtesy of South Florida Water Management District

South Floridia Water Management Photographs

A selection of images relating to central and south Florida. Categories are listed below. All images are low resolution (72 dpi) files. Higher resolution images (at or near 4"x6" 180 dpi) may be visited from our list of higher resolution files. Visitors to this site are free to download these photo files. We request that you note the South Florida Water Management District as the source for these images. (Please Note: This site is subject to updating and images are often removed as well as added).

Categories include:

  • Agriculture
  • Brush Fires and Drought
  • Conservation Areas
  • Corkscrew Swamp
  • Everglades National Park
  • Everglades Nutrient Removal
  • Field Stations and Service Centers
  • Fisheating Creek
  • Flooding and Hurricane
  • Florida East Coast
  • Florida West Coast
  • Greater Lake Okeechobee
  • Historical
  • Indian River Lagoon
  • Kissimmee River
  • Lake Kissimmee
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Loxahatchee River
  • Marine Environment
  • Plants
  • Pump Stations
  • SFWMD at Work (O& M)
  • Stormwater Treatment Areas
  • Structures
  • Upper Chain of Lakes
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
  • Xeriscape

Clyde Butcher image of Tamiami Trail
Image of Tamiami Trail; Clyde Butcher Photography

Clyde Butcher Photography

(Please note: this link does not constitute an endorsement by the USGS for this website)

Clyde Butcher Photography: "I have been a fine art photographer for over thirty years and have photographed many different areas of our country, however, nothing has captured my heart like Florida. This state has been the most exciting and challenging place I have ever photographed. Our state is filled with beautiful country, but most of it is very subtle, comprising of a multitide of textures . . . not easy to see when one is driving 70 mph along a road. My images are taken with either an 8" x 10", 11" x 14" or 12" x 20" view camera. I have found that in using a large format camera to photograph Florida I am able to capture the elaborate detail and textures that distinguish the landscape of Florida. It is my hope that through the photographic recognition of the beauty of Florida, much of the state will be preserved." (Clyde supported the restoration science forum by donating three autographed posters which after being displayed at the forum are now hanging in the headquarters of the South Florida Water Management District.)

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