Home: Scrying: The Wildlife Photographer: A New Endangered Species?
Sometime in the not too distant future, in Yellowstone Park:
Child: Mom! What’s that over there with the big shiny lens pointing at that bird?!?
Mother: Oh, don’t worry, dear, that’s just a wildlife photographer.
Child: No way! I thought they were an endangered species here! Shouldn’t he be protected?
Mother: No, dear, they aren’t protected. Ever since they changed the fee structure for filming in national parks, they’re just expected to starve to death.
Child: Wait… what about the big movie crew over the hill? With all the Hollywood producers and actors filling up all the good sites? They aren’t starving… sure, some of the actresses were skinny, but the rest of them looked really well fed.
Mother: Oh, a small daily fee doesn’t bother Hollywood. It’s still less than they pay to rent out just about anywhere else.
Child: Ah, I see… That’s why all my nature videos are all 20 years old, but Bigfoot looks like he’s really here now…. Cool. Ooh, Mommy, can I go feed the photographer?
Mother: No, honey, he might bite…
As the lights dim, a silent silhouette appears on the ridge—Bigfoot. Dramatic music [dun dun duhhnnn] as scene draws to a close.
Announcer: Coming soon! To a national park near you!
Well, ok… don’t expect Bigfoot (although I have known some large, hairy, and grouchy campers) but a proposed change in the fee structure for filming national parks could endanger wildlife photographers:
Wildlife photographers and documentary filmmakers say a new fee schedule for commercial filming in Yellowstone and other national parks could put them out of business.
The law requiring the location fees was sponsored by Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., who said Friday that the provision was meant for larger-scale Hollywood movie productions, not small-scale nature films.
Photo of the wildlife photographer by Terri French via Nikon.PixelCritic