© Art Wolfe
A little over a month ago I wrote an article about a photography exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History featuring nature photography in America. Now the international exhibit portion has also opened, you must see it. The 2013 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards are on the second floor of the Museum and feature a ton of beautiful photos of plants, animals, and nature. I really can’t find the words to describe how amazing it was or what it meant to me. Just look at it this way: over 20,000 photos were submitted from professionals, amateurs and youth; about sixty of them are on display; they’ve been printed and presented on stunning, large format displays. You can see every detail down to the single hair or feather. Plus, some of the pictures are just plain funny.
Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York
© Su-Mei Tse
Speaking of exhibits with a natural theme, Days of Endless Time at the Hirshhorn presents its natural theme in a different way. With themes like escape, solitude and enchantment, it forces the viewer to ponder life away from the daily grind and the “always on and connected” mentality of today.
Courtesy American Foundation for the Study of Man
If you’re more concrete than contemplative then the Sackler has an exhibit about exploration designed for you. Unearthing Arabia highlights Wendell Phillips’ excavation work in Arabia in 1950-51. The exhibit provides unique insight into how these expeditions work in general as well as Phillips’ personal stories and experiences. Given how cold it’s been, these exhibits might be the closest we’ll get to nature for some time, be sure to check them out.