In 2009, the local PBS Station in Lubbock TX, KTTZ, was still doing the local "Festival Week" of fundraising. They had just done that in March and I was one of the local hosts on TV several times in a 2 week period asking the public for contributions.
In the process of doing that, the KTTZ people became aware of the photography I had done in the National Parks, and asked me to cut some promotional spots for the Ken Burns National Parks Series. So in April 2009, I provided some 120 photos and we cut 12 spots that each began with me in a local park, and talking about America's Best Idea, The National Parks, then the shot would fade off me as I spoke and a slideshow of photos I have taken would be shown.
These spots aired in Lubbock TX on PBS in June, July, August, and September, 2009. The Ken Burns National Park Series began on September 29, 2009. So for four months, many of the spots between programs locally was me and my photos talking and showcasing the National Parks. I could hardly go out to eat in a local restaurant without people coming up to the table to talk about the spots airing on PBS.
These PBS spots were made available to all PBS Markets, and some ran in other areas.
Then the emails started, and the phone rang.
My fledgling business, dsphotoscapes, grew legs.
Then one day, Arches National Park called, and their marketing arm, The Canyonlands Natural Historical Association (CNHA) wanted use of a photo in their new hiking guide for the park.
Then Grand Canyon, and Saguaro, and Joshua Tree, and Canyonlands called, and emailed.
The business went from startup in August 2006, to nationally and internationally known in three years.
It still doesn't make me a living. A 36 year career in the life insurance business does that......but it does make enough money to take the next trip, to add to the portfolio, to recharge my batteries in God's Cathedrals that are our National Parks.....the best idea America ever had.
Many of the images are at the link above.
This is the latest canvas to hang in the Arches National Parks offices.
Thanks for letting me tell you the story of what the Ken Burns National Park Series turned into for me and my Airstream travels.