During the government shutdown of our National Parks, some park service employees have come under fire in the media during circumstances which are not of their own making. While there may be a few grumpy people in the NPS (and anyone in any profession can say some some things in stressful moments they wish they could retract), in 30 plus years of taking photos in our National Parks I have had many excellent encounters with the hard working members of the NPS.
I have watched tourists do incredibly stupid things that put themselves and/or wildlife at immediate risk (not to mention longer term damage to the environment) and watched NPS employees handle the situations skillfully and with remarkable restraint.
I know all three of the NPS employees in these photos and photographed each of them at work. I have met two of them more than once in my travels and one of them several times over the years. I have communicated with two of them by email. Like so many thousands of others, they are a credit to the NPS.
Now if the folks in Washington D.C. would just get their act together so the NPS can get back to doing what they love best.
I support the NPS!