Item Number: 3061LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
The Pilgrim Creek drainage in northern Jackson Hole, Wyoming wends from high country in a national forest and tumbles on a course that marries the Snake River. This riparian corridor has, in recent years, become home to a resident population of grizzlies, including Grizzly 399, the most famous bear matriarch of her time. Along with 399, another famous grizzly mother has been a charismatic female nicknamed “Blondie,” because of her especially light colored fur.
Eyes of the Grizzly
is Thomas D. Mangelsen’s commemoration of Blondie and the photograph has earned praise as one of his most visually impactful. Although 399 is likely Mangelsen’s favorite bear, Blondie is the most beautiful and gentle bear he has observed and has left a deep impression on him.
“In her face, through her eyes, you see an intelligent, sentient being looking back,” he says. “I’ve seen a similar look in African lions, leopards, and gorillas, tigers in India, polar bears in the Arctic and jaguars in South America. Human mythology has given large carnivores a fearsome reputation, but I want to remind viewers they deserve our awe and respect. We need to insure they have wild places on our planet.”