Sixty miles north of Park Headquarters is Scotty's Castle. While I was stationed in Death Valley, these historic buildings were turned over the the National Park Service by the foundation which owned them. Since there were no additional funds yet provided by Congress for the operation, we had a concession company which had contracts in several other national parks, come in to provide tours and limited food service. Unfortunately, the president of that company and my park superintendent took an immediate dislike of each other to the point of not wanting to be in the same room together. So, since "concession management" was in my administrative officer position, I had to play the role of negotiator going back and forth between the two of them. Fortunately they both liked me, so the arrangement at the Castle ended up being just fine. In later years, Congress did provide the money for tour guides and maintenance positions.
Over a year ago, I started going through my old 35mm slides deciding which ones to have scanned onto CD's. After my son started his blog, Swan Man, I thought what a good way to share my photographs of the nine National Parks where I lived and worked over the course of 36 years.
Here's some tips for using my blog: 1) To see any picture in a larger size, simply click on it. 2) You can leave a "comment" on any of the individual postings. Once you click on "comment" and written the message, you should check the anonymous box and will have to type in some funny looking letters to have you comment posted. 3) You can also subscribe and received e-mail notification each time I add something new (see below). 4) Since the pages of my blog go back in time, if you click on "Older Posts" at the bottom of this page, it will take you to the earlier page and other parks. You can also use the blog archive at the bottom left of this page.
Born in San Francisco in 1937, I grew up in San Francisco and Marin County, and attended San Francisco State University. While in college, my area of concentration within my major was photography, and I studied with Jack Welpott, a well know West Coast photographer.
During the summers while in school, I worked for the concessionaire in Yosemite National Park. As a result, I chose working for the National Park Service as a career, and was stationed at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico; Tonto National Monument, Arizona; Muir Woods, California; Harper's Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia; Death Valley, California; Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts; and Point Reyes. In 1983, I transferred to Yellowstone National Park, and retired from the Park Service in 1992. Being fortunate enough to live in these beautiful areas, I was able to develop my skills as an amateur photographer. Since I returned to California, I have visited and photographed 200 vineyards and wineries in both Napa and Sonoma counties, and taken numerous photographs at Point Lobos State Reserve in Monterey County.