I follow Lori Robinson”s excellent blog, Saving Wild.
“Catch of the Day”, a photograph by Tom Mangelsen, is one of the most widely circulated and published wildlife photographs in history. To me, this amazing photo encapsulates the sheer patience and tenacity of photographer and brown bear alike, the ability to hold out, remain steadfast and place yourself so that you are ready to grab the right opportunity when it flies past your waiting jaws…
Catch of the Day-An Alaskan brown bear perfectly positions himself above Brooks Falls to catch a leaping salmon.
“It seems to me he has the same kind of reverence for the spiritual essence of the wilderness as the Native American who believes that life on Earth is sacred, a gift from the Creator,” says Tom’s dear friend and one of his greatest influences, Jane Goodall.
Read more about Tom , in the excellent blog by Lori Robinson….
His newly released book is called The Last Great Wild Places.
The Last Great Wild Places Cover — First light strikes the summit of Mount Moran painting the sky orange as a female grizzly wades a shallow bend in the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues.
This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation.
Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas.
Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.