They’ve been there my whole life, waiting for me to get to know them. And everyone I’ve come across, I’ve been amazed by in one way or another. Today, as they shut down, my thoughts wander to our national parks… they are like friends and family, waiting for us… until the government shutdown put them out of commission. I realize there are further ranging effects than this temporary loss of our National Treasures, but I don’t want us or any visitors to our land to have to do with out them. This post therefore is an homage to National Seashores and Parks, that I hope we will not be barred from for very long.
As I scroll through my photographic archives, I notice that a majority of my images were captured while in one national park or another. I am amazed at the variety and depth of the park system, and I have only visited a small percentage of the 401 nationals. I am thankful that this shutdown does not affect our state and local parks, since I do not know what I would do without at least those connections with our natural world.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos and this virtual visit to parks around the nation, which is my way of celebrating the existence of these wonderful resources.
And to the 21,000 national park staff who have been furloughed with out pay, I just want to express my thanks for the hard work that you do protecting and sharing our national heritage. I hope we do not have to be long without your services. You would normally be helping as many as 715,000 of us each day to enjoy our parks. Apparently we can’t do this without you.