Item Number: 2947LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
Out on the hunt, one of Yellowstone’s most beloved and formidable bands of wolves, the Druid Peak pack, cuts a line of single-file tracks through the middle of the Lamar Valley. Druid’s Frosty Morning Passage
is for naturalist photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen all about giving his subjects a context in the landscape. Mangelsen waited patiently for more than an hour as the Druid Peak pack made its way down the valley following the nearly frozen Lamar River.
The temperature on this crystalline morning: a bone-chilling 25 degrees below zero. The previous evening, frozen mist rising from warm springs in the Lamar River created layers of hoarfrost on the branches of a cottonwood tree, setting the stage for this memorable composition.
“Wolf watchers from around the world came to search for the Druid Pack, Yellowstone’s first reintroduced pack. I wanted to make a different kind of photograph that offers insight into the kingdom they inhabit,” Mangelsen said, noting that Druids’ Frosty Morning Passage
is a tribute to his friend, the Yellowstone Park naturalist Rick McIntyre who has documented wolf behavior for over two decades, rarely missing a day of observation over that entire time.