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Viewing Nature Photography up close at the Brandenburg Gallery, Luverne, ME

11 Dec
Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As much as I enjoy getting out into Siouxland and photographing places and people and events that I encounter, I also really like viewing photographs that other folk have also created. Back in October on a road trip into southern Minnesota it was completely by happenstance that a friend and I found the Brandeburg Galley in the small community of Luverne, MN. I had not previously visited this community, but had heard about a state park Blue Mounds which is nearby. The park was the destination but then finding a place to eat and wandering about a bit I came across the county courthouse and and also another interesting stone building. A sign said the Brandenburg Galley, and the name didn’t give me pause until I asked someone about photographing inside and the person said sure, Jim would like that. Then the light bulb came on as the name Jim Brandenburg did mean something. Context is everything sometimes, and Brandenburg is famous for his wildlife photography, much of which appeared in National Geographic magazine for which he photographed a number of years. The small gallery is welcoming and with seating one could spend considerable time just sitting and looking at the photographs handing on the wall. Like many, I am awed by various people’s capabilities to capture these nature scenes. And many spend countless hours, days and maybe months on location to make these images. Of course the majority of us don’t have the time or financing to do the same, and more than likely don’t spend the time to really think about or read about what was involved in capturing the images.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Viewing the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Visiting the Jim Brandenburg Galley in Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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