There’s an old saying in the state parks that rangers are paid partially in sunsets. There’s enough truth in it that many rangers are inspired to keep cameras handy for those quiet moments before the gates open, after visitors leave or on patrols in the backcountry.
A new photographic exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History “See the Parks from Our Eyes” showcases some of the landscapes, plants and critters that rangers encounter in their work. A digital display allows visitors to explore each state park through the eyes of rangers and other employees of North Carolina State Parks. It follows a popular exhibit staged last year at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences called “I Spy with my Park Ranger Eye.”
In a nod to the North Carolina State Parks Centennial in 2016, there’s also a large display of historic photos of some of the parks. The exhibit is on the museum’s third floor and will be displayed until January.