I’ve been mesmerized by nature from a young age; tadpoles and pill bugs were some of my first playmates. I also took an interest in art during elementary school, encouraged by my father, who paints, draws, and sculpts, and grandmother, a watercolor painter. Today, I explore nature through my job as a seasonal park ranger and through my hobby of photography. I hold a BA in Spanish, a BS in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management with a focus in Interpretation, and plan to complete a Masters in Wildlife sometime in the future. I am also working on teaching myself photography [the only art medium I avoided in my formal education!]. I feel that learning is a life-long journey and obligation–the never ending story, if you will, and this blog is a reflection of that philosophy.
I often am asked where I have been stationed. In truth, seasonal rangers apply to the parks they want to work at, the chances of getting in are slim [so we apply to as many as possible, where we end up is like spinning a roulette wheel!]. I am amazed at how many people I’ve crossed paths with that had been in the same place at the same time, yet years later and states away we run into each other!
Below is my ‘travelogue’ of locations I’ve lived and worked as well as a couple wedding pictures:
I was lucky to have the chance to volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center, WildCare, in Indiana. One of my jobs was to keep DaVinci the Crow happy.
I’ve had the luck to work at some beautifully amazing National Park Service sites.
De Soto National Memorial in Florida was the first:
No commenting on the color of my socks please! And the hat was primarily to keep my ears from burning when I put on my conquistador helmet, not to look like Ms Muffet.
The next was Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire. Only one of two NPS sites interpreting artists of national importance:
And Badlands National Park in South Dakota:
Went to South Carolina and found a little more tame wildlife there:
Currently, I am describing ancient giants at Redwood National and State Parks in California: