Myakka State Park – Photo Series: There is a photographic tradition in Florida, started by world famous Clyde Butcher, of wading out into the middle of the wildest Florida swamps and taking photos. There is something so raw about these places that you just cannot help but make amazing photos.

Myakka State Park is a special place. The largest state park in Florida it has a long and storied past of cowboys, ranchers and floods. Once every couple of years the whole park fills with water. The whole river blows out of its banks and flows completely through the oak and palm forrest. It’s an amazingly powerful and truly beautiful site. Fish swim between the trees, gators are everywhere and the whole canopy is perfectly reflected into the water below. These photos are of this time of year and it’s just cool to see, plain and simple.

Myakka Cabbage Palms - High Noon Light

Myakka Cabbage Palms – High Noon Light

January 7, 2015

Black and White Myakka Abstract - Flood and Oaks

Black and White Myakka Abstract – Flood and Oaks

January 6, 2015

Willows In Water - Myakka State Park - Nature Photographer

Willows In Water – Myakka State Park – Nature Photographer

January 6, 2015

Myakka Flood Stage - Abstract Landscape

Myakka Flood Stage – Abstract Landscape

January 6, 2015

Tall Palms and Oaks - Myakka State Park - Flood Season

Tall Palms and Oaks – Myakka State Park – Flood Season

January 6, 2015

Myakka State Park - Nature Photography - Palms and Oaks

Myakka State Park – Nature Photography – Palms and Oaks

January 6, 2015

Myakka State Park - 9ft Flood Stage - Reflections and Trees

Myakka State Park – 9ft Flood Stage – Reflections and Trees

January 6, 2015

Myakka River Flood Stage - Overhanging Oak

Myakka River Flood Stage – Overhanging Oak

January 6, 2015

July In Myakka State Park - Summer Floods And Reflections

July In Myakka State Park – Summer Floods And Reflections

January 6, 2015

Flooded Forest - Myakka State Park - Abstract Trees and Water

Flooded Forest – Myakka State Park – Abstract Trees and Water

January 6, 2015

Live Oak During Summer Flood - Myakka State Park

Live Oak During Summer Flood – Myakka State Park

January 6, 2015

Myakka Flood Stage - Trees and Ferns - Reflected - Myakka Photograph

Myakka Flood Stage – Trees and Ferns – Reflected – Myakka Photograph

January 6, 2015

Myakka Oaks - Myakka State Park - Florida Nature Photography

Myakka Oaks – Myakka State Park – Florida Nature Photography

January 6, 2015

Myakka Oaks Panoramic - Trees and Palmettos - Abstract

Myakka Oaks Panoramic – Trees and Palmettos – Abstract

January 6, 2015

Myakka State Park - Resurrection Fern And Live Oak

Myakka State Park – Resurrection Fern And Live Oak

January 6, 2015

Upper Myakka Lake - Sunset - Nature Photography

Upper Myakka Lake – Sunset – Nature Photography

January 6, 2015

Myakka State Park - Oaks and Cabbage Palms Abstract

Myakka State Park – Oaks and Cabbage Palms Abstract

January 6, 2015

Myakka State Park - Blue Heron in Reeds

Myakka State Park – Blue Heron in Reeds

January 6, 2015

Myakka Reflection - Upper Myakka Lake - Florida Landscape Photography

Myakka Reflection – Upper Myakka Lake – Florida Landscape Photography

January 5, 2015

Sunset Over Upper Myakka Lake

Sunset Over Upper Myakka Lake

January 5, 2015

Upper Myakka Lake - Panoramic Photo

Upper Myakka Lake – Panoramic Photo

January 5, 2015

Myakka River Panoramic Photo

Myakka River Panoramic Photo

January 5, 2015

Upper Myakka Lake Mirror Reflection

Upper Myakka Lake Mirror Reflection

January 4, 2015

Storm Over Myakka State Park

Storm Over Myakka State Park

January 4, 2015

Myakka State Park - Myakka Lake Photo

Myakka State Park – Myakka Lake Photo

January 4, 2015