Colors of the Smokies | Legacy Reserve Collection

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Legacy Reserve | Edition of 20

In 1975 when Mangelsen created his very first limited edition photograph, he made the decision to hold back his most valuable prints, numbered 1 to 20, so that one day as a career capstone they would be offered as part of a Legacy Reserve Collection. Many images featured in this collection have been sold out for more than a decade, complemented by recent masterworks destined to sell out in the future.

Initially reserved for museums, conservation nonprofits, and family members, collectors now have the unique opportunity to acquire Mangelsen’s “best of the best” photographs, to own one of the twenty numbers from his personal artist reserve. Each Legacy Reserve fine art collector will be invited to join the legendary photographer for an unforgettable Grand Teton Adventure.

Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as he is an artist, and thus a portion of the Legacy Reserve Collection proceeds will be donated to critical conservation issues close to his heart.

Item Number: 6128LR

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To collect a Legacy Reserve image, contact Customer Support at
800-228-9686 or contact a Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery

Everyone has their favorite place for experiencing autumn. Few in North America rival the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains of the Appalachians which to many is an annual destination for pilgrimage. Deep in the heart of the Tennessee forest near Cades Cove where Colors of the Smokies was taken, Thomas D. Mangelsen felt as if the canopy of maples, oak and tulip poplar trees were set aglow with some great pulse of electric energy.

The scene presented itself to Mangelsen following a brief shower with humidity in the air and leaves glistening. “Many of my photographs are a product of days, weeks, months, sometimes years of contemplation,” Mangelsen explains. “But with Colors of the Smokies I literally bailed out of my car, ran across a pasture and had 30 seconds to shoot four or five frames before the light disappeared. It was there and gone in no more than three minutes. Funny how it is sometimes. Being there resulted in creating one of the most popular images I’ve ever made.”

"The profusion of the fall palette is always a time of being called home to nature, that no matter where you are in your life, there is a warming sense of nostalgia during late afternoons before the sunset comes. You walk to the edge of the forest, you allow yourself to soak in that good vibe and there is a never-ending impression that you belong there.”


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