A hundred years ago, as our national leaders were struggling to get the public behind the notion of setting aside large tracts of land to protect them from exploitation and development, artists stepped forward to help to capture the land and our imagination. Now, as we celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service, it is the parks that are helping artists to grow.
A young Finnish photographer named Konsta Punkka, self-proclaimed to be the “Squirrel Whisperer,” has been in the news a bit lately, celebrated for his stunning up close images of wildlife. Regardless of his striking images, he should not be celebrated, he should be condemned. And he’s not the only one.