VIP (Volunteer in Parks)

National Park Service VIP Program

I’ve been a NPS VIP since mid-2005. I spend a lot of time in Shenandoah National Park and have contributed 1000’s of images to their archives. They use the images in newsletters, brochures, posters, websites, visitor center displays and a host of other things including decorating a large stretch of hallway in the park headquarters.

I’m regularly surprised (and pleased) to see one of my images pop up unexpectedly. Two years ago was the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps. They chose one of my images – Iron Mike, a statue outside the park’s Byrd Visitor Center – for the commemorative poster shown below. It was displayed and sold nationwide in a variety of formats.

I was on the ground in the rain puddles to get this angle.

On a visit to the park last week – under identical conditions of pouring rain and dense fog – I looked for a new version three years after making the original (and preferably one where I could keep off the ground). I came up with this next one – not good as the first, but different.

2011 is the 75th anniversary of Shenandoah National Park and already my images have begun appearing in everything from the invitation to the inaugural anniversary kick-off party to posters displayed in various park facilities. “Bragging” like this is my sole “pay” so bear with me. 😉