Saturday, March 21, 2015

Yet More Nature Photography

Where: National Museum of Natural History

When: through late Summer 2015

As if the Nature's Best photography display weren't enough, there's a second exhibit of fantastic nature shots on offer at Natural History.  It's on the 2nd floor close by the Korea Gallery and the "Beyond Bollywood" show, so a bit off the beaten path.  Whatever time you spend finding the room will be well repaid; this is top-notch nature photography by incredibly talented photographers.

The theme of the work is the American Wilderness, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed by President Johnson in 1964.  Out of the 5,000 photographs received for this display, 63 are here in the show.  They are divided into professional, amateur and student offerings - each is wonderful.  Just like the Nature's Best display, these are largely oversized photos, printed on the finest paper.  I noticed that one young photographer, Thomas Goebel, aged 18, was named the Winner of the "Scenic Landscape: Student" category and received an Honorable Mention in the Inspirational: Student" category.  I can only imagine that I'll be seeing more of his work in years to come.

In addition to the photographs, there's an actual dinosaur fossil on display as well.  The Bisti Beast, who lived 10 million years before the T. Rex, has taken up residence in the room, so even though the main dinosaur exhibit is closed for the present, these ancient creatures are still on display here and there.

Verdict: If you like nature photography, this is a do not miss show.

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