Friday Favorites 10/29/2010

One of our favorite discoveries when we moved to California was the little sea coast town of Laguna Beach.   Located at the terminus of a winding road through green canyons that have … due to the efforts of conservationists … managed to remain unspoiled in their natural beauty, Laguna Beach wraps itself around several miles of perfect beaches.    It is known as an artist’s community with many galleries and several art festivals.   It’s also home to numerous restaurants, specialty stores, and … of course … the Laguna Playhouse whose productions periodically appear here in Bud’s Blog.   Nestled among the stores and art galleries, directly across from the beach was an Images of Nature Gallery, displaying works of the photographer, Thomas Mangelsen.   While Mangelsen’s work focuses on landscapes and traditional wildlife photography, to call him  simply a nature photographer understates the scope of his work.   His photography captures wildlife in incredible poses and his lansdcapes feature amazing composition and color, often with animals dotting hillsides and meadows.  In his Images of Nature Galleries, his photographs are displayed in enormous formats, sometimes as large as 4 feet by 10 feet, made possible by specialized printing techniques.

Several of his photographs, like Catch of the Day and Bad Boys of the Arctic have become his signature pieces, but I particularly love his landscapes, photos of large cats (of course) and of birds (of course again).   Some years ago, when my business was really good, we splurged and purchased a limited edition 54×40 inch print, Mt. Moran and Oxbow Bend which hangs proudly in our living room (and is now out of print).  You can see it hereif you’re interested.   We also own several of his photography books.   His entire collection is online at his website, Images of Nature, and while it is certainly worth looking at, you really have to go to one of is galleries to fully appreciate his work (the website also lists gallery locations in California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nebraska).   Our gallery in Laguna Beach has been gone for some years but whenever we’re in La Jolla (near San Diego) we stop in the gallery there.   It was hard to choose a single picture to include in my post but I chose Among the Aspens, a photograph of a great gray owl taken in Minnesota because it captures the essence of both his wildlife and landscape photography.  Enjoy … and if you do, be sure to visit his website, where you can see larger versions of his work.

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