Sunday, January 19, 2014

The National Parks: America's Best Idea

I have started watching a series on PBS recently titled "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", and I must say what a great series it is. Since I love both nature and history, this series really provides me with both a foundation and a renewed since of appreciation for those who had the foresight to preserve and protect the magnificent wonders of which exist in my country.

It is definitely a long series, but well worth the journey. Below is a short narrative, video and link to this great documentary. I am also attaching a piece I did to commemorate our first national park; "YellowStone".

The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - The National Parks: America's Best Idea is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.