© Tim Aiken / NBP Courtesy of Nature's Best Photography
No matter which Smithsonian art museum you go to, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best and most beautiful works of art in the world. But, to my way of thinking, art is no match for the awe that Mother Nature can produce. I was reminded of this at Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places, a photography exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is a nature photography exhibit featuring work by professional, amateur, and student photographers to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act. It highlights the winners and runners up in four categories: People in Wilderness, Scenic Landscape, Wildlife and Most Inspirational Moment.
© Richard Ansley / NBP Courtesy of Nature's Best Photography
The first thing I realized when I was in this exhibit is how lucky we are to live in a country with the breadth of ecosystems it has. From forests to plains, snow and ice to deserts and all kinds of different bodies of water in between, we live in one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. And this exhibit certainly reflects that diversity. I loved that each photo was accompanied by the photographers story of how the picture came to be and what it, and nature, means to them. Also, a video at the entrance of the exhibit shows different people from different backgrounds discussing what wilderness, and specifically American wilderness, means to them.
© Verdon Tomajko / NBP Courtesy of Nature's Best Photography
Highlights for me include the photos of the Aurora Borealis- beautiful and breathtaking with colors created by nature unlike anything we could ever synthesize and my favorite photo (above) - nothing beats the scared mountain goats.
© Joe LeFevre / NBP Courtesy of Nature's Best Photography
This exhibit is the precursor to the upcoming 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards opening on October 24th. It will feature the best nature photography of 2013 from all over the world. In the meantime, this exhibit is unquestionably worth a visit. It’s a little hard to find, you’ll have to go past the mineral gift shop on the second floor. If you get turned around, just ask for directions at the information desk. Enjoy!