Druids' Frosty Morning Passage | Legacy Reserve Collection

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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: 2947LR

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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 - Gray Wolves 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 - Gray Wolves 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.


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