Friday, October 2, 2009

The National Parks -- America's Best Idea Indeed

The National Parks #1

Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan have done it again with another magnificent documentary series titled, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," airing this week on PBS. And what a wonderful idea this was for a documentary. The film is all at once beautiful and informative, moving and inspiring. I was uplifted by the incredible scenery and the unfaltering commitment of  those who fought to preserve our public lands and brought to tears by those seeking to destroy them (the flooding of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite comes to mind).  I could go on and on about the series but I'll defer to those who can express themselves much better than I.

Purchase the DVD and book.

As a nature lover and a landscape photographer I owe a debt of gratitude to our National Parks and all our public lands. They have sustained me through good times and bad and have done much to feed my soul. Many thanks to Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan for creating such a beautiful and meaningful film about our most precious national treasures.

Part 2: National Parks Photos #1

Like millions of my fellow Americans, I, too, have found true inspiration in our National Parks and Monuments.

"Sunset Geyser"
(click on photo for a larger view)

Pink Cone Geyser, Yellowstone National Park


Dianne said...

welcome to blog land!!
amazing photo of the geyser

it's so wonderful to have you around

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks, Dianne! Yellowstone is amazing. :)

I actually have a little time to share photos now (and view the work of others) since I'm no longer doing the school newsletter and have cut back on other volunteer work.

I did take a quick look at a lot of the photos on your blog--you have some incredible work there. I'll have to explore a bit further.

bobbie said...

Isn't this a wonderful series on PBS! Your geyser photo is just breathtaking! I have always wished I could visit Yellowstone. This almost makes me feel I am there.

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks, Bobbie! And yes, it was an incredible series! I've loved all the Ken Burns films I've seen but because of my affinity with nature, this film touched me on a much deeper level.

My family and I quickly learned that the best time to visit the geysers was either morning or evening to avoid both the heat of the day and the crushing crowds. If you ever make it to Yellowstone, I would recommend NOT visiting in the summer. :)

Villas Girl said...

Amazing photo of the geyser. After my Aunt passed away, I was going thorugh her photos. I came across a black and white of a geyser in Yellowstone. I'll have to post that one. Lisa

Mountain Photog said...

Thanks! I'd love to see that photo!

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