Posted on | January 9, 2012 | 3 Comments
This 1991 photo of Seven Cabbage Cut, Chassahowitzka, Florida by Clyde Butcher is part of the "Visions of America" exhibit opening tomorrow at the G2 Gallery in Venice. Click on the image to be taken to the gallery website. While the image is of cabbage palms in the Florida Gulf Coast, this Californian is floored by Butcher's reminder of what palms do in nature, which is serve as wetland complex grasses on coasts and around desert oases. Of all the head-scratching moments that the Martians will have when trying to make sense of our landscaping, one may well involve how palms became everything from office plants to the most dangerous street "tree" in the world. More than 30 of Butcher's silver gelatin photographs of US national parks will be on show through February 19th. Butcher will be lecturing at the gallery on January 21st. Proceeds of print sales will go to the World Wildlife Fund.