Friday, August 22, 2014

Pic of the Week: Hummingbird Dance

Hummingbird Dance ©Jim Brandenburg


"How delicate, the world's tiniest bird that can flash its bright colors, as well as hide them if needed. The bright radiant color on humming birds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism. There it is, holding its body perfectly still while wings are beating 70–200 times per second. They are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards, hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside down. This lovely image is captured with a ghostly reflective background."

~ Milli
Ravenwood Studios
Brandenburg Gallery


Pic of the Week (August 22, 2014): NW815 Hummingbird Dance
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Pic of the Week Special Pricing
Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x8" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (August 22-28)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pic of the Week: Saturday Night in Ely


"Having grown up in Ely, I have fond memories of our theater. I love the angle of this shot, the lighting, and the beautiful irony."

~ Jayne
Ravenwood Studios
Brandenburg Gallery


Pic of the Week (August 15, 2014): NW515 Saturday Night in Ely
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Pic of the Week Special Pricing
Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (August 15-21)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pic of the Week: Wolf Pup on Log


"Can you even imagine coming upon this inquisitive pup, following his nose down this cedar log? Huge feet, new smells, a great, 
big, curious world."

~ Marcia
Ravenwood Studios
Brandenburg Gallery


Pic of the Week (August 8, 2014): BW141 Wolf Pup on Log
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Pic of the Week Special Pricing
Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (August 8-14)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2015 Wolf Ridge Calendars




The 2015 Wolf Ridge Calendars are now available at the Brandenburg Gallery! This beautiful 12 month calendar features classic Jim Brandenburg- stunning images for all seasons.  Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely (877) 493.8017 or purchase below! 
$18.95 (plus shipping/tax)




Friday, August 1, 2014

Pic of the Week: Aurora Borealis, Lake Superior


"Aurora Borealis is one of the most spectacular natural displays of color- this is a spectacular aurora display shown from one of my favorite spots on the north shore of Lake Superior."

~ Alex
Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (August 1, 2014): NW814 Aurora Borealis- Lake Superior
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Pic of the Week Special Pricing
Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (August 1-7)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pic of the Week: Cape Buffalo and Glossy Starling



"If this isn't life!"

~ Milli
Brandenburg Gallery

Notes on Cape Buffalo and Glossy Starling from Jim Brandenburg:

"I was on assignment in Kenya for National Geographic Magazine when I happened upon this scene. My story was Rhinos but this moment electrified me. I still remember the feeling, a rare moment in my photographic career, when many compelling elements converged. The delicate rain fell upon a colorful Glossy Starling as it sat nonchalantly in a thorn tree in the foreground of one of Africa's most dangerous animals. The Cape Buffalo kills more people each year than lions - no gentle cow. With an unpredictable mood they can charge quickly with deadly power. As Milli's comment says, life's forces residing in one moment. 
Delicate appearances can have ominous backdrops...
This image rarely gets chosen by editors but 
remains one of my personal favorites."



Pic of the Week (July 25, 2014): M453 Cape Buffalo and Glossy Starling- Africa
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Pic of the Week Special Pricing
Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (July 25-31)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pic of the Week: Heron, Pine, Fog


"There is so much to love about this image. The beautiful composition, the unexpectedness of the heron atop the spruce, the stately leaning white pine, the softening fog - simply elegant."

~Diane
Brandenburg Gallery
Ravenwood Studios

Notes on Heron, Pine, Fog from Jim Brandenburg:

"Most people put their camera away in the fog or bad weather. I see it as an opportunity to create an emotional atmosphere. In this case, the fog brought a simplifying effect - acting like a seamless studio backdrop, allowing the subject to stand out from its surroundings.

I was shooting the 90 days of summer (which became the Looking for the Summer book) when I came upon this scene at Section 12 Lake near my home. I had shot from this place many times, but on this day everything looked better than usual. The forest is visually complex if not chaotic. I often find it difficult to represent the simpler elements, the ones I most respond to. On this day, the fog acted as a filter.

In June, 2003, National Geographic Magazine published selections from this 90 day journal in a story called 'Boundary Waters'. It was the first non-film (digital) photography story in the magazine's history. 

The letters to the editor in the NG Magazine were quite critical of the use of digital cameras in the next month's issue. Being the first 'digital' story ever, it raised a lot of eyebrows.  

I remember well the mistrust I had of my digital camera's ability to properly record the scenes, especially the important ones.  I actually carried an extra film camera body with me to 'back-up' the digital version. 

Today, with the extremely rare exception, all of the National Geographic's stories are shot digitally."







Pic of the Week (July 18, 2014): DOS17 Heron, Pine, Fog
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Pic of the Week Special Pricing
Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off during the week it is featured (July 18-24)! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pic of the Week: Catching Snails




"Although Jim made this image years ago, it wasn't until recently that I discovered it. In terms of color and composition, it was unlike any of his other work. Travel through Jim's work is common- this is one of the first pieces that really transported me."

~Jayne
Brandenburg Gallery
Ravenwood Studios

Notes on Catching Snails from Jim Brandenburg:

"This image was shot on assignment for National Geographic during the Cold War era in the early 80's so it was rare for Americans to roam about, although I did have constant 'babysitters'. It was also at the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution after Mao.  I was one of the earliest American photojournalists allowed to see some of the off-limit places in northern China, like their underground cities built as bunkers against possible attack from the USSR. As one of the few Caucasians ever to visit, I had crowds of wide-eyed young people surrounding me almost everywhere I went; I felt like a rock star.

This image was made in Beijing at the Old Imperial Palace - the fellow was catching snails by dragging a net along the wall of the moat surrounding the palace. This was not a recreational pastime as food was scarce. When I noted the lack of birds, I was told Mao had instructed the people to catch and eat them.

China has completely transformed since this photograph was made."





Pic of the Week (July 11, 2014): M524 Catching Snails - China

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Pic of the Week: Dragonfly and Bluestem




"These patriotic predators have finally returned to the northland- just in time for the 4th of July! They fly ahead of me as I walk down the trails, buzzing around, protecting me from the tormenting mosquitoes. I hope that your picnics, parades, and parties are 
attended by these beautiful creatures!"

~Marcia
Brandenburg Gallery
Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (July 4, 2014): P639 Dragonfly and Bluestem

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

Purchase this week's Pic (print, matted, or framed - 8x12" or larger) and receive 30% off! Contact the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017 to take advantage of this special pricing.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pic of the Week: Moose in Blue Fog


"This is one of those scenes that I think almost every canoe-country visitor wishes to come upon: to paddle around a point on a cool morning and find a moose, standing in the shallows, shrouded in morning mist and glowing with the light of the sunrise."

~Alex
Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (June 27, 2014): NW588 Moose in Blue Fog

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Solstice




Vi elsker vort land,
men ved midsommer mest,
når hver sky over marken 
velsignelsen sender...

We love our country,
especially in the summer,
when every cloud over the field 
is a blessing...

from Holger Drachmann's midsummer hymn

Last year Jim celebrated summer solstice near Copenhagen, Denmark where, since the time of the Vikings, people have gathered at midsummer to celebrate sankthans, or St John's Eve, by hosting picnics, parades, and bonfires.

On this first day of summer, Jim was following a procession of singers to the beach (where they were going to burn a witch effigy). When he spotted the rainbow, he turned and made this photo.

Jim recently discovered that he is of Danish descent, which may explain his good mood! Denmark is known throughout the world to be among the happiest countries and cultures.

However you are celebrating the solstice, we wish you a happy one!

M599 Denmark Rainbow

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pic of the Week: Lilies and Minnows


" The Quiet Place"
~Milli
Brandenburg Gallery

Fun Fact: To create this image, Jim used a special underwater housing that he constructed. A cable connected the camera to the computer, transforming his monitor into a viewfinder.


Pic of the Week (June 20, 2014): NW695 Lilies and Minnows

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day




"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature."
~Antoine-François, Abbé Prévost d’Exiles

AK140 Denali Broad Valley, Denali National Park, Alaska

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pic of the Week: Black Duck Family

 
" A proud and protective mama leads her brood through summer's evening light. I love the rippled gold water; it reminds me of the rich texture of watered silk.."

~Diane
Brandenburg Gallery


Pic of the Week (June 13, 2014): DOS28 Black Duck Family

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pic of the Week: Marsh Marigolds


"Nothing says optimism like a boggy ditch brimming with bright yellow flowers. Never mind the mosquitoes, sand flies, and shoes filling with swamp water- marsh marigolds remind us that summer is on its way!"

~Jayne
Brandenburg Gallery
Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (June 6, 2014): NW841 Marsh Marigolds

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pic of the Week: Beach Sand


"Like a beautiful, gossamer gown, worn while dancing on an exotic, moon-lit beach."

~Marcia
Brandenburg Gallery
Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (May 30, 2014): FR196 Beach Sand- France

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day



Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer holidays- backyard barbeques, picnics, road trips, paddling adventures, and time spent with family.  As we celebrate the beginning of another summer season, take time to remember those loved and lost, those who have
served our great nation. 




Friday, May 23, 2014

Pic of the Week: Two Boys Walk in Village



"This beautiful photo captures a moment of a time gone by. China has been changing at a very fast pace over the past several decades, and scenes like this one are hard to find, if they are not gone already. There's something about this image that captures the sense of time for me, though, more so than many others. I think it might be the wisps of smoke and the moment between the boys, one having just put his arm around the other as they each take a step along the road, but I am drawn in as my eyes explore the photo and the smoke drifts by."

~Alex
Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (May 23, 2014): M585 Two Boys Walk in Village- China

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Animal Architecture


"Ingo Arndt's photographs and this book's theme represent one of those ideal matches. I know few photographers who have both a deep passion and talent for being in the natural world as well as the eye and discipline to graphically illustrate such a complex subject as this one, all the while demonstrating the refinement and nuance of a studio photographer. " 
-from the Foreword by Jim Brandenburg

An amazing new book available now at the Brandenburg Gallery, Ely! Foreward by Jim Brandenburg, images by Ingo Arndt
and text by Jurgen Tautz. 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Listening Point Foundation 2015 Calendar



Available Now!
The Listening Point Foundation 2015 calendars feature images by 
Jim Brandenburg paired with the words of Sigurd Olson.  
These beautiful twelve month wall calendars are 12"x15".
Visit the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely or purchase below!
$15.00 plus tax/shipping




Friday, May 16, 2014

Pic of the Week: New Birch Leaves



"This is what I wait for each spring. 
Here, rain and sunlight dance together, 
and little wings burst from branches to catch the wind.  
All this, captured in a moment."

~Milli
Brandenburg Gallery 


Pic of the Week (May 16, 2014): NW738 New Birch Leaves

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day


“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter 
they could not plainly read. ” 

~Alice Walker

P752 Flower of the Hour - Prairie Fame Flower 
Photographed on Touch the Sky Prairie, near Jim's childhood home in Southwest Minnesota.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pic of the Week: God is Our Landlord





"This image brings me back to my childhood on a farm and among farm folks, back when photographs were only black and white. I love the details in this hard-working barnyard: the metal roof, the water trough, the wire fence, the bent gutter and the peeling paint. I also like the contrast between the cockiness of the rooster and the humble message on the barn. Or maybe it’s that both the rooster and the farmer are confident in their own place in the world - 
simple and profound."

~Diane
Brandenburg Gallery 

This photograph was taken when Jim worked as photo editor for the Worthington (MN) Daily Globe, and is in his book, Minnesota: Images of Home. The book is available in trade and limited edition online and at the Brandenburg Gallery, Ely



Pic of the Week (May 9, 2014): M466 God is Our Landlord

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Pic of the Week: Sheep with Phone Booth


"The red phone booth- an icon of the isles. And all these sheep lining up to make a call- if only they could sort out how to open that door. The complementary colors, the lighting, the composition- all brilliant, but I delight most in wondering who it is these sheep would like to speak with. Although this photograph was taken in the 80's, while Jim was photographing for the National Geographic book, Discovering Britain and Ireland, it feels timeless, a true classic."

~Jayne
Brandenburg Gallery 
and Ravenwood Studios

Pic of the Week (May 2, 2014): UK104 Sheep with Phone Booth- Scotland  

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-4061.



Friday, April 25, 2014

Introducing: Pic of the Week


"You were only waiting for this moment to arise..." 

"This photo is my top favorite of Jim's.  When spring finally arrives, and it hasn't yet, imagine the joy of happening upon this secret nest, 
seeing the promise of fragile, new life."

~Marcia
Brandenburg Gallery 
and Ravenwood Studios


Pic of the Week (April 25, 2014): NW760 Red-winged Blackbird Nest
 
Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. For information on purchasing this, or any Brandenburg image, please visit jimbrandenburg.com, the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota (877) 493-8017, or the Brandenburg Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota (888) 283-8017.
 
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014



People saving whales,
And giving your thanks to our seas.
My respect to the ones in the forest,
Standing up for our old trees.

-Xavier Rudd, Better People


While in Sweden this past August,  I had the rare opportunity of photographing what researchers call the oldest living tree on Earth. This Norway spruce took root in the Dalarma Province over 9,550 years ago. 
Read more at National Geographic.

With today being Earth Day, I'd like to honor its founder, former Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who started this annual event, on April 22, 1970, as an environmental teach-in at college campuses. Senator Nelson wanted to show other politicians that there was widespread public
 support for the environment.

"Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures."  -Senator Gaylord Nelson

I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Nelson in Ely in the late 1980's, while he was the counselor for The Wilderness Society.  He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in September 1995 in recognition 
of his environmental work.



My first published photograph for Earth Day was in 1971 at the Worthington Daily Globe, in southwestern Minnesota.  It is still representative of our need to be a responsible steward of the land. 





 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bog Beauties




If you haven't received a copy of the March-April issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, here's a view of our "Bog Beauties" feature.  It's hard to imagine, after this long winter in northern Minnesota, that several of these orchid gems could be blooming within 6 weeks. 

In Jim’s public speaking, he often makes an analogy between this photograph of him blowing the seeds from the orchid seed pod and his photographs and writings.  Out of his thousands of words and images that have been published (or the 10,000 orchid seeds contained in the seed pod), he knows full well that most will drift out into the universe. Conditions are usually right for only one or two seeds to finally take root and bloom 17 years later. Like the delicate and fragile seeds of this Showy Lady’s-slipper (our state flower), he hopes one of his 'seeds'  will also take hold in someone’s mind and spirit and will in turn 'bloom' and make a difference in helping to heighten respect for our fragile environment.

Photograph of Jim in the orchid bog at Ravenwood by Trisha Flaherty 
 
An excellent book that has helped us learn about our  Minnesota orchids is "Native Orchids of Minnesota" by Welby R. Smith.  Copies of the book and the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer with our "Bog Beauties" feature are available at our Brandenburg Gallery in Ely.  Call 218-365-6563 for information.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jim Brandenburg- Brandenburg Gallery is NOT advertising for an office assistant position on Craigslist.  We are not opening an office in Sacramento CA.    
If you see any advertisement pertaining to either, please do not respond.  
This ad is NOT associated with our company in any way.   Thank you.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Winter's End

Winter's End
Late afternoon dusting on weathered moose skull
Lynx wanders through the courtyard at Jim's north woods home called Ravenwood;  
photo was shot through the window. 

It has been an exceptionally long cold winter with many record breaking low temperatures and snow depths here in the Northwoods.  But we live in Minnesota and we, as most northern states, claim the saying, 
"if you don't like the weather just wait a minute."

A week ago, I made the two-hour drive down to Stoney Point on the north shore of Lake Superior.  This time of the year, during our last days of winter, ice chunks are pushed into the shoreline creating small Arctic type ridges of glistening chunks of ice of all sizes.  The scene brings back fond memories of my time living with the Inuit on Bathurst Inlet in the Canadian Arctic in 1970 and working with the white wolves on Ellesmere Island while covering the Steger North Pole Expedition for National Geographic Magazine in 1986.



On this particular day, it was in the mid 50's.  The crunching, grinding sounds of shifting ice, and the suns radiant spring light melting the blue ice sheets made us feel that we are finally getting close to the end of winter.   But within a few days, winter came back to remind us that it's not done with us yet. Within a two week period the temperature recently ranged 80º F -30 to +50.





Jim on ice ridge - photo by Anthony Brandenburg

Stoney Point I

Stoney Point II

Stoney Point III

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Medicine of the Wolf live on Kickstarter Today!


Medicine of the Wolf, A Los Angeles based film about Minnesota's wolf hunt,
featuring Jim Brandenburg, is live on Kickstarter starting today!
View entire press release here.



"I am indeed proud to contribute my years of experiences, feelings and photography to Julia Huffman's inspired documentary Medicine of the Wolf. I have not spoken out publicly about this misguided and unfortunate wolf hunt here in Minnesota and our neighboring states; mainly because of disbelief that our legislature could be so irresponsible with continuing a hunt under the umbrella of science. It's not about science or wolf management, it appears to be more about giving our 'sportsman' a new species to hunt, a new trophy. 

Growing up in a hunting family and becoming an extreme hunter as a teenager I understand some of the motivation. Then trading my guns for cameras as I came of age put me personally into a different mind set. I see the anger in the deer hunting tribe - "the wolves got my deer" is the common chant. That thinking is not based on the numbers that reality and science provides… but then a sizable part of our country doesn't believe in climate change either. The Little Red Riding Hood fear myth and mentality still presides. I thought we had passed that old fashioned thinking years ago and now feel empty and sad with all the years I have invested into books, movies and countless magazine articles attempting to show the other side of the wolf. 

Living in the deep forest with wolves for 4 decades has bonded me deeply to the packs and their life cycle. I have seen several generations of "my" wolf family exhibit remarkable behavioral qualities that would startle most people. It is no surprise our distant ancestors brought them into the human family as a dog 40,000 years ago. Killing these unique members of the animal world to me is like killing the neighbor's dogs for fun and sport. I would like to think we could show more dignity in embracing the miracle that wild and untamed nature has provided us here in Minnesota. Please contribute to this heartfelt and thoughtful project if you have similar feelings. Thank you."



Listen to Los-Angeles based filmmaker Julia Huffman 
TONIGHT @ 6pm PST on www.gvbRadio.com/spiritmatters 



Director of Photogaphy Lawrence Schweich with Director Julia Huffman and Chris Hunter, Sound.