Item Number: 6136LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
Primordial, otherworldly, surreal, Thomas D. Mangelsen’s portrait of giraffes in Serengeti National Park allows us to imagine a window into the Jurassic when longneck dinosaurs lumbered across the earth. In Rainwalk
, Mangelsen waited for the banded cloud formations of an intense thunderstorm to descend. Here, along the desiccated shore of Tanzania’s Lake Ndutu during the dry season, giraffes gather in anticipation of the coming downpour.
“The giraffes knew that a drink of fresh water was coming. They could feel it with the advance of humidity in the air,” Mangelsen says. “They began circling, pacing, waiting, listening to the rumbles of thunder growing louder. For a couple of unforgettable hours I was fortunate to witness it all come together across a vast panorama.”
Lake Ndutu is most noted for its migrations of wildebeest and zebra. But hundreds of different species, in fact, are drawn to its liquid sustenance, including a large population of pink flamingos. The lake’s persistence, scientists say, is threatened by shifting weather patterns associated with climate change.