Over the course of six years of fieldwork, conservation photographer, author, and public lands defender Dave Showalter traversed the eastern half of the sagebrush ecosystem. Part of that project included assignment work with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition on the Absaroka-Beartooth Front surrounding Cody, Wyoming.
The striking photographs he created during that time immerse the viewer in the diverse, spacious, and life-filled landscape often called the “sagebrush sea.” Those images became the basis for Showalter’s 2015 book, Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads. On Friday, July 27, 5:15 p.m., Showalter shares this visual journey in a talk and book signing at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
The free program kicks off the Draper Natural History Museum’s “Draper After Dark” series and takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. A book signing follows at the Center Store, which has Showalter’s book available for purchase.
The presentation, says Showalter, “takes you on a visual journey from Greater Yellowstone to Telluride, Colorado, connecting the landscape through wildlife, stewardship, and defenders of our only sagebrush sea.” He includes stunning images of the courtship ritual of sage-grouse, through which “a window into this remarkable and imperiled ecosystem opens, revealing the enduring wild of the American West.”
Showalter is based in Colorado and focuses his work on the American West. He is a Senior Fellow Photographer in the International League of Conservation Photographers, and works in partnership with numerous conservation groups, including Audubon Rockies, the Wilderness Society, and Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter. In 2017, he joined the faculty of the Summit Series of Photo Workshops.
In addition to Sage Spirit, published by Braided River, Showalter also wrote the award-winning book Prairie Thunder, published by Skyline Press in 2007. His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Audubon, Conservation Biology, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, High Country News, Wilderness, and elsewhere.
The Draper After Dark lecture series is organized by the Draper Natural History Museum and supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation. The second and third talks in the series take place in August and September; dates are yet to be determined.
Learn more about the Center’s natural science programs at centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history, or contact Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020. Find the Cente’’s full calendar of events at centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page. #100YearsMore