Nature photography exhibit comes to N.C. Arboretum through Sept. 5

Thomas D. Mangelsen
Thomas D. Mangelsen. Photo by Dave Showalter, courtesy of the NC Arboretum

Press release from the N.C. Arboretum:

A Life in the Wild, featuring more than 40 large-format images from award-winning nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen, is on now display at the North Carolina Arboretum. Mangelsen has devoted decades of his life to documenting wild places across the globe and the remarkable creatures that inhabit them, and a curated selection can be viewed in the Baker Exhibit Center. The exhibit is shown in conjunction with the ongoing Wild Art outdoor sculpture showcase currently on display in the Arboretum gardens.

For this traveling retrospective exhibition of his works, Mangelsen has hand-selected several legacy photographs from his portfolio of more than 40 years, during which time he has captured thousands of breathtaking images of wildlife under natural — and sometimes harsh — conditions.

With subjects ranging from black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains to gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park, this collection of photographs serves to remind us all to slow down and take a moment to connect with nature near and far. Named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, among other accolades, Mangelsen has his work featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C..

A Life in the Wild is on display daily, May 15-Sept. 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center. Regular Arboretum parking rates apply. For more info, visit

Exhibit support for A Life in the Wild is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Asheville Citizen-Times, Biltmore Farms Hotels, Gasperson Moving & Storage, Travel Guide and Smoky Mountain Living.

THOMAS D. MANGELSEN – A LIFE IN THE WILD, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.

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