The story behind Mangelsen’s masterwork: “Cranes of the Grey Wind”
Each month we will bring you moments from Mangelsen’s adventures in the field.
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The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

Mangelsen's masterwork titled Cranes of the Grey Wind from his Legacy Reserve Collection
Cranes of the Grey Wind was photographed in 2011 on the Platte River, Nebraska

As Thomas D. Mangelsen’s dear friend, the legendary American ornithologist Dr. Paul Johnsgard notes, cranes hold a special place in the human psyche. Their calls and courtship dances, their fidelity demonstrated between pairs, their devotion to young, their homing instincts, and the grief they exhibit when losing a mate—all of these expressions of natural behavior have registered with cultures around the globe going back to the dawn of our own species.

Mangelsen has joined Johnsgard and their mutual friend, Dr. Jane Goodall, at his family cabin along the Platte River in Nebraska many a spring to observe the extraordinary migration of over half a million sandhill cranes. It’s an event that is considered one of the true wildlife wonders of the world. Cranes of the Grey Wind is Mangelsen’s homage, a panoramic photograph that draws our attention.

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

When you acquire a Legacy Reserve Collection masterwork, you and a guest will be invited to join Mangelsen to witness one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America, the ancient migration of hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds who visit each spring along the famous Platte River in Nebraska.

Travel back in time to the river banks and family cabin where Mangelsen began his photography career. It is where Tom learned animal behavior and most importantly patience from his father, who heavily influenced his love of nature and life outdoors. You will be joined by world-famous ornithologist, Foundations Regent Professor Emeritus and Tom’s lifelong friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Johnsgard.

This three-day VIP experience will take place in March of 2019 and is limited to only 10-16 guests. Visit a gallery or contact Customer Support at 800-228-9686.

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UPCOMING GALLERY EVENTS:

April 27 | Park City, Utah: Gallery Stroll from 6-9pm
Come enjoy light refreshments and stroll through some of the best art galleries in the West. Free and open to the public. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

April 28 | La Jolla, California: Seal Talk & Walk at 2pm
Join us for a presentation followed by a walk down to view the harbor seals and their newborns. This will be the last event in a series presented by Seal Society of Sierra Club San Diego. Free admission. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

May 4 | Omaha, Nebraska: Gallery Walk from 6-9pm
First Friday is a free event celebrating local creativity in Omaha's most historic neighborhood. Be serenaded by live music as you stroll Old Market's distinctive brick streets. Stop in for a map of participating galleries. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

May 4 | Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Gallery Walk from 5-8pm
Take a walking tour of Steamboat's Art Galleries and alternative art venues. Free and open to the public. Our Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery is a must stop. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

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Traveling Museum Exhibition | Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild