Another door opens…

November 19, 2009 at 9:26 am (Big Bend National Park TX)

Maverick Entrance

When one door closes, another opens.  I can be thankful for that huge stack of job applications that didn’t even garner an interview.  It left the door open for a job I never considered before, and one that I might like to do for years to come.

I’m a park ranger look-alike seasonal fee collector for Big Bend National Park, Texas.  Yeah I’m a fedrul imployee.  For America’s Best Idea.  I am still amazed at the direction my life has taken on rather short notice.  If it weren’t for my advice to a young photographer looking to live in Alaska to photograph wildlife, I may not have ever considered applying to the National Park Service myself.  But since the art show business has been dismal the last couple of years, I lost my migratory flyway to warm winters.  I browsed the job listings to see what kind of seasonal opportunities there might be and spent many hours applying to about six parks.

I thought my chances of even being contacted were one in a thousand, and when I was offered the job in September, I immediately put the holiday portrait ads on hold, found a great housesitter for the cats and chickens (thanks Julie!) and mentally placed myself at Big Bend.  I’ve never been to this part of Texas before but my brother raved about it, and it felt right.  It is also closer to my family in Houston and Beaumont  (600 miles away instead of 2300).

Big Bend is Way Out In the Middle of Nowhere, Texas.  And that’s the charm.  It is so uniquely beautiful here.  I will be posting my observations on life here, and my photographs will be on my gallery at

So ya’ll come visit, hear?

Cindy McIntyre Images – more photography


  1. Mr WordPress said,

    Hi, this is a comment.
    To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

    • Ron Payne said,

      Hi Cindy!
      We’ve been back in Ohio for about a month now and I’m just getting around to commenting on your WordPress blog … it really looks great. I like its single column format that, for me as a reader, makes it simpler to read than skipping around in multiple columns. Of course, your photos are excellent as usual! What motivated your decision to go with WordPress; I ask as I am thinking of becoming a more committed blogger? See you back at BIBE!


      • Cindy McIntyre said,

        Hi Ron and Jane! Didn’t know I had to “approve” posts before they show up. I guess I can fix that. Still looking for how to set the correct time of postings. I had some problems with Blogspot (Blogger) placing photos, and I subscribed to another birder’s blog (WordPress) and love the way his posts show up in my email. My son the graphic designer kept telling me to switch to WordPress so I did. I am still getting used to the options. It’s a great way to keep family and friends updated on my adventures, and maybe one or two members of the public will stray upon it as well. I make a Word copy as well for my permanent files. Have fun blogging!

  2. Ron Payne said,

    the prior post indicates on my machine that it was posted at 4:37pm on 5/25 but I actually posted it at 8:30am EDST. Don’t know why that difference, but wanted you to know so that, if it is a WordPress issue, you can change it.

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