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

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If you see any advertisement pertaining to either, please do not respond.  
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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 

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Each Thanksgiving, the town of Ely lights up and businesses open their doors for an evening of holiday shopping and merriment. The night is truly magical - friends and family gather, shoppers shop, and store fronts glow with festive decor.

The Brandenburg Gallery invites you to join in the festivities!
Stop by the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, on Thursday, from 6-9pm, 
for special discounts and tasty treats. 

All framed and matted prints will be 20% off. *
And as a bonus, our hand-blown glass birds by Oiva Toikka will also be 20% off!

Happy Thanksgiving,
The Brandenburg Gallery

Thanksgiving sale prices are valid only for purchases made in the Brandenburg Gallery Ely
 from November 28-December 1 and apply only to in-stock items. Special, phone, and online orders are excluded.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2013

For the past two years, Jim has served as Chairman of the Judges for the acclaimed 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' competition co-owned by Natural History Museum, London and BBC Worldwide*.  The award ceremony for this year's competition took place October 15th at the Natural History Museum, London. We thought we’d share some of the festivities, 
along with a fun Jim flash back.

Exclusive interview with Jim regarding the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition 
by What Digital Camera

Central Hall at Natural History Museum, London

Central Hall transformed for awards ceremony – Natural History Museum, London

Jim presents trophy to grand title winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013,  Greg du Toit from South Africa. Jim described Greg du Toit's winning portrait as capturing a "unique moment.  Greg's image immediately catapults us to African plains," Brandenburg said. "This image stood out for both its technical excellence and the unique moment it captures. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime shot."
Jim having fun during the judging.
Pelican photograph 'Feeding of the five thousand' by Yossi Eshbol (Israel),  photo of Jim by 
Ruth Eichhorn, Director of Photography of German GEO magazine. 

Sophie Stafford (former Editor of BBC Wildlife magazine), Jim, and Kathy Moran (Senior Editor, Natural History at National Geographic magazine).  Photo by Neil Lucas.

In 1988, Jim won the grand title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year with his first and only competition entry.   Jim received the bronze Ibis award from Sir Peter Scott for his photograph 
'Oryx – Namib Desert' seen below.

Oryx - Namib Desert - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1988 winner

If you would like to see all 100 prize-winning photographs from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition, please visit Natural History Museum website.  Plans are in the works for some exciting events at next year's 50th anniversary of the competition.

*Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world. Now in its 49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
Being shortlisted in this competition is something to which photographers across the world aspire. Every year emerging talents compete with established names for a chance to be hailed Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Each of the thousands of annual entries is evaluated individually by an international jury of photography experts, before being awarded a place in the top 
100 images of the year.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chased by the Light App Update

The Brandenburg Gallery is thrilled to announce the update of our award-winning Chased by the Light app for iPad, with full iOS 7 and retina support. This update showcases Jim Brandenburg’s 90-day journey with more detail than ever before. Originally released in December 2011, Chased by the Light has been re-mastered for an even more beautiful, crisp, and engaging experience. Find this new and improved version of Chased by the Light on the App Store.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Prairie images for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug

Jim Brandenburg recently presented Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug with photographs for his new office and reception area.

David Lillehaug joined the Minnesota Supreme Court in June, 2013.  Justice Lillehaug was raised in Sioux Falls, SD and has a strong affinity for southwest Minnesota.   For his new office, he chose to represent the area photographically with Jim's images of Touch the Sky Prairie, Blue Mounds State Park and Pipestone National Monument.

The newly released bison herd photograph (above) was made on assignment for the publication Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. The feature "Bona Fide Bison" will be in the November-December issue which will be available November 1st. All the bison images were photographed at Blue Mound State Park.

To subscribe to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine call toll-free 888-646-6367
or  visit

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An Evening with Jim Brandenburg, September 20, 2013

Please join us for An Evening with Jim Brandenburg, September 20, 2013.  
Jim is honored to kick-off the 2013 Shaw Photography Series: Finding Your Focus 
with an evening presentation at the Missouri Botanical Garden in 
St. Louis, Missouri on Friday, September 20, from 7:00 - 9:00pm.  

 Please register for tickets online, registration ends September 19 at 5:00pm.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Masters of Nature Photography

10 of the planet's finest nature photographers. 10 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners. 100+ incredible images. 1 awe-inspiring book. 

The Masters of Nature Photography features ten breathtaking portfolios from ten of the world's top nature photographers: 120 stunning photographs in all.  Selected specifically for this book, the images reflect the photographers' unique talents and perspectives and showcase an incredible variety of subjects and styles, from striking animal portraits and arresting landscapes to underwater photography. 

The Wildlife Photographers of the Year featured in this stunning book are: Jim Brandenburg, David Doubilet, Pal Hermansen, Frans Lanting, Thomas E. Mangelsen, Vincent Munier, Michael 'Nick' Nichols, Paul Nicklen, Anup Shah and Christian Ziegler.  Running twenty pages each, the 10 portfolios includes a profile of the photographer, describing the style of his photography as well as his influences and aims.  Captions describe why the pictures are special to the photographer as well as telling the stories behind them.  Also includes details of the equipment use.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. It has been the leading event of its kind for nature photographers since it was founded in 1965 with three categories and about 500 entries. Since then, there have been more than 48,000 entries from over 98 countries. The photographs are judged by a panel of experts. Jim served as a judge for the competition for several years, and most recently as Chair of the competition. The winning and commended selections are exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London, where over the next year, millions of people will view them. The exhibition tours worldwide, attracting more than a million visitors.


To purchase a Jim Brandenburg signed copy of The Masters of Nature Photography, please call the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely at 877-493-8017 or click on the Add to Cart button below.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

2013 Calendars only $5.95

We have a few 2013 Jim Brandenburg calendars left and have marked them down to $5.95!   Please click the Buy Now button below to order.  Or better yet, stop in the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Mn, to pick one up and say hello to Diane, Milli, Marcia & Jayne.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Exhibition Celebrates 125 Years of National Geographic

This year marks the 125th anniversary of National Geographic. They are proud to celebrate this milestone with a unique photo exhibition, “A New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125,″ on view at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. This exciting exhibition explores the 125-year history of the National Geographic Society through pictures, video, and interactive exhibits. The exhibition will be on display through June 2014. 

National Geographic has also launched a touring version of their Anniversary exhibition in the beautiful and historic Øksnehallen in the heart of Copenhagen.  For the first time ever in Scandinavia, National Geographic has gathered more than 119 photographs by some of their most prestigious photographers.

National Geographic Exhibit - Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
The exhibition includes specially selected photographs from some of National Geographic's most significant photographers: Nick Nichols, Jim Brandenburg and Steve McCurry.  They have included six of Brandenburg's images.

The exhibit is on display until July 18, 2013.  For more information, please visit Øksnehallen Facebook page.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

This is one of the last times Jim could take his mother, Olga, with him while he was working - he was photographing a prairie in Iowa for a National Geographic magazine assignment. 

Jim's prairie roots run deep in his veins. When he was born, his parents lived on a farm in southwestern Minnesota just one mile east of Touch the Sky Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.  His early formative years were spent in that vast prairie landscape. His mother also grew up on a farm located just below the Blue Mounds State Park cliff.

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. - Abraham Lincoln

Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Nature Conservancy Green Tie Affair

 Jim was honored to be the speaker at the Green Tie Affair for The Nature Conservancy in Minneapolis, Mn.  More than 500 guests feasted on fare from local waters, forests and prairies, followed by a stunning visual presentation by Jim. The evening ended with a live auction which exceeded The Nature Conservancy's fundraising goal.

The Nature Conservancy has played a prominent role in Jim's photographic career.  In the mid 1970's, Jim received a grant to photograph The Nature Conservancy prairies.  Jim later brought these images to National Geographic magazine; thus began his tenure with Geographic.  
Jim photographing avocets on Samuel H. Ordway, Jr. Memorial Preserve, South Dakota
Avocets - One of the images taken during the assignment.
Jim Brandenburg on assignment in Namibia for National Geographic magazine, wearing The Nature Conservancy hat

The Green Tie Affair was a benefit to preserve nature and the valuable resources it provides to all of us.  The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.