National Park Rangers
When I was a kid, the Rangers at National Parks we visited on family vacations were among my favorite heroes. Always friendly, they knew everything about the outdoors and wore those ever-so-cool Smokey the Bear type hats. But for some turns of fate, I might well have become a Ranger myself.
These days, as a travel and nature photographer, I find these same wonderful folk to be an outstanding resource for information and help in getting the photos I want and need. Whenever I’m traveling to National Park, National Monument, BLM or National Forest lands, I try to make it a point to check in with the local Ranger District office or visitor center. Over the years, without fail these men and women have repeatedly pointed me to the best photo ops in their territory and provided valuable information. There’s something special about these folk, and I’d like to give them a big THANKS for their help and friendliness.