Item Number: 6166LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
In Mangelsen’s High Noon on the Oxbow Bend
, it is noteworthy that the accompanying subtitle is Bald Eagle and Osprey
. True to his allusion above, Mangelsen uses the aftermath of an aerial battle between two raptors to amp an otherwise perfect picture all the more.
Few venues in the world surpass the view of Mount Moran and the Teton Range from the vantage of Oxbow Bend along the Snake River at the height of fall color. The eagle chased after the osprey who many consider a better fisherman and forced the osprey to drop the trout into the waters of the Snake River. The eagle extended its wings into a victorious stall to return to steal the osprey’s prize. However, the trout sank, likely because of a punctured air bladder, thus neither osprey nor eagle were victorious in high noon at the Oxbow.
“I’ve always wrestled with a conundrum,” says Thomas D. Mangelsen. “The conundrum isn’t one of not being able to find spectacular landscapes to photograph but dealing with an internal bias I have against merely making pretty pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I salute great landscape photography but unless there is something animating it, a scene to me can feel vacant.”