• C.M. Russell Museum (map)
  • 400 13th St N
  • Great Falls, MT

Come see vivid imagery of the sagebrush sea at Sage Spirit, a lecture by photographer David Showalter.

Dave’s presentation will take the audience through “the heart of the sagebrush sea,” the most iconic—and also the most imperiled—landscape in the American West. Guests will encounter rare birds, stately pronghorn antelope, brash bighorn sheep and shy burrowing owls and more than thirty different species of sagebrush. Through evocative prose and images, Dave’s Sage Spirit talks help people understand the plight of the threatened sage grouse, and the complex issues threatening our public lands legacy.

Dave Showalter, an Associate Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, focuses on the American West. His images and stories have been published in Wilderness, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, National Parks Magazine, High Country News, and other publications, books, and calendars. Dave’s award-winning first book Prairie Thunder: The Nature of Colorado’s Great Plains covers the shortgrass prairie of his home state. His most recent book Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads was published by Braided River in July 2015.

The C.M. Russell Museum coordinated this program in conjunction with Crown of the Continent: The Wildest Rockies exhibition featuring the photographs of Steven Gnam and organized in collaboration with Braided River. The presenting sponsor of the exhibition is the James M. and Frances M. Wylder Foundation. The exhibition is on view October 10, 2015 through January 18, 2016