Meet the Web Team
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Though she spends a fair amount of time both in front of and behind a camera lens, Karen (kh) feels most at home when engaged in conversations with visitors. "Whether it happens on a trail, in the visitor center, or on our Facebook wall, each dialogue is an opportunity to learn more about why national parks are important to people. Plus, it's a ton of fun." If you have the opportunity to chat with Karen during a visit to Arches, make sure to allow ample room. "I don't know how to talk without gesturing, and my descriptions can get pretty animated. I once accidentally whacked a coworker who was standing too close." Perhaps an online forum is safer.
A healthy dose of Looney Tunes during childhood might have predisposed Neal (nh) to a life in the desert southwest. His first visit to Canyonlands in 1994 felt more like coming home, even when the wind blew his borrowed field camera off a cliff. Many years later, Neal still can't imagine living anywhere else. At work, he's the park's Visual Information Specialist, which means he writes, designs and photographs for all four National Park Service sites in southeast Utah. And he always weights his tripods.
When Kait (kt) was 12 years old, she visited Arches for the first time and discovered that rocks make fantastic companions. "They're great listeners, they never talk back, and they do an excellent job keeping the secrets of Earth's past." While her love for all things geologic grew as she got older, she never forgot the whimsical swoops, towering spires, and Swiss-cheese holes of southern Utah. The day she started working at Arches, she felt like she was rejoining long-lost friends. Now that she's realized visitors make for even better conversation, she delights in giving guided walks, presenting programs, and snapping photos for Facebook. Just don't be surprised if you see her whispering to a piece of Entrada sandstone: it's totally normal.
NPS photo by Andrew Kuhn
After his 2010 season in Glacier, Jake (jwf) and a coworker took a 25 day road trip through the Colorado plateau and surrounding areas for the first time. On that trip, his camera broke and he was unable to photograph his travels to the parks. He promised to return one day, and after living and working in Grand Teton, Glacier, Carlsbad Caverns, and Denali National Parks, he has kept that promise. He volunteers his time with the National Park Service when he isn't busy working full-time for AmeriCorps VISTA. He enjoys exploring the red rock country in search of beautiful views, wildlife, wildflowers, and the remnants of past cultures.
Wind scented with sage brought Rachel (rh) to the desert. That, and an internship with the Canyon Country Outdoor Education program. When she's not trekking across sandstone with Moab elementary students, Rachel is scouring cliffs with her binoculars for her favorite desert residents: birds. She is delighted to call 'home' the same place that inspired writers like Edward Abbey and Terry Tempest Williams. The sprawling rock geometries of Arches National Park inspire her to write about her experiences while snapping photographs of her finds for the online community to enjoy. It is her dream that, while exploring the silhouette of Delicate Arch one moon-bright night, she will see the glowing eyes of a ring-tailed cat. One can only hope.
Hailing from the mountains of Appalachia in Tennessee, Glenn (gr) grew up steeped in traditional culture. He was spellbound by storytellers from an early age and vowed to learn how to weave his own magic in the oral tradition. Around the campfires of Grand Canyon, Olympic, Carlsbad Caverns, Great Smoky Mountains, Petrified Forest, and more, his ranger talks and guided walks became seasoned with tall-tales, sucker-punch jokes, and good old-fashioned yarns. Here at Arches, Glenn fuses tradition with technology through photographs that tell their own darn good stories.
Did You Know?
Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal.