Me at Colorado National Monument
A birthday present from my very talented niece, Lindsay
My heart literally skipped a few beats when I read the headline: "Get Up to $100,000 Per Year Doing Ansel Adams' Job for the National Park Service" over at DIY Photography. Talk about dream job!!!
I spent eight years in Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, working as a photographer for the local newspaper. Paradise, pure and simple. Prior to that, I spent eight years working for the local newspaper while living just half an hour from White Sands National Monument.
I am a national park (and national monument) junkie.
Longs Peak, from Rock Cut on Trail Ridge
White Sands National Monument
Colorado National Monument
I was tempted, even if for only a few seconds. Almost every member of my family wanted to know why I did not apply. My dear husband The Lizard even offered to buy me a large format digital camera. (Large format is larger than 35mm, which is as high as I currently go.)
You think he might be a little excited about the possibility of being my assistant?!?
Nevertheless, I'm not interested. Call me crazy.
1. I don't have a large format camera.
2. I don't want to live in DC. (No offense, Amy. I promise I will visit one day!)
3. I don't want the government to own my images.
Besides, I like my current job. I once gave up a job I really loved for a job that promised to be everything I'd ever dreamed of, and it took me about two days to realize I'd been bamboozled. What they promised and what they actually gave me were light years apart.
Sometimes I can be a huge risk-taker. I'll try to ride my bike 100 miles in a day. I'll get a lot closer to a moose or a bighorn than I should. And I'll try publishing books.
But I'm not giving up another good job for a dream. I can take pictures in national parks without surrendering my ownership rights!
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Crater Lake National Park
Grand Teton National Park
North Cascades National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Zion National Park