The top places in Southwest Florida to take nature photos

Award winning photographer's favorite spots

FORT MYERS, Fla - Al Hoffacker knows what shots he wants. And he's not afraid to go get them, even if he ends up waist-deep in a slough. 

Hoffacker is a nationally recognized photographer, who lives in Fort Myers. He's a retired wildlife and marine consultant, and naturalist, with a website full of beautiful photos

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So with June 29 being National Camera Day, we reached out to Hoffacker and asked for his four favorite places in Southwest Florida to take nature photos.

It was a struggle to narrow it down to four. But here's what he told us: 

1. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

2. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

3. The Everglades/Okaloacoochee Slough

4. Bunche Beach

Some of Hoffacker's work will be showcased in an exhibit at Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center called "Strictly Native and Untamed Wildlife Photography" from July 7 - July 26.

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