Item Number: 1683LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
The whole of his life, Thomas D. Mangelsen has identified with the plight of underdogs who prevail—or somehow manage merely to survive— in the face of overwhelming peril. On one of his many trips to the wild Alaska interior, the related metaphor of lion and mouse was brought into sharp focus, made manifest with two North American equivalents. “I love watching the grand plays of nature that need no explanation but speak to impulses deep inside of us and are every bit as engaging as any words Shakespeare might have penned,” Mangelsen says.
So it is with In Pursuit—Grizzly Bear
taken in Denali National Park. Here, an arctic ground squirrel runs for his life to avoid becoming lunch for a grizzly desperate, in turn, to become filled with enough calories to get the animal through long winter hibernation. Leaving us to draw our own conclusion, Mangelsen is pleased to report that no matter who viewers are cheering on, the actual outcome in this open-ended narrative is likely to make all parties pleased—at least temporarily.
“I am always enthralled by cliffhangers that come with surprise endings,” Mangelsen says.