I don’t know who took these photos of the President’s visit to the Waldo Canyon fire on June 29, but they are on the same flickr site where Kari Greer posts her fire photos. The photographer was not identified at the site.
It never occurred to me that after being briefed about the fire and then inspecting some of the destroyed houses, that he would have to stand there and sign autographs for firefighters. I suppose it’s a friendly gesture on his part.
At Wildfire Today we have often marveled at the skill of photographer Kari Greer who, working under contract with the National Interagency Fire Center, goes on the fireline with wildland firefighters and comes back with incredibly good photographs. CNN has an article on Ms. Greer and has produced a video interview with the photographer, a former wildland firefighter who still maintains her qualifications.
The video is very well done. CNN has shined a spotlight on something that the wildland fire community is doing that is right. Their article and a gallery of some Ms. Greer’s photos that have won awards can be found HERE.
Be sure and check out the CNN video featuring Ms. Greer:
Ms. Greer takes it seriously — as an art. She uploads her photographs to Flickr, but not by the hundreds. In most cases she carefully selects which products of her work she makes public, and thankfully NIFC makes them available as free use, paid for by the government for anyone to use. This is a great service that NIFC and Ms. Greer have been providing and we offer them thanks. I know that Jennifer Jones, a U.S. Forest Service employee at NIFC, was involved in helping to make this happen.
Some of Ms. Greer’s photos from the 2012 fire season can be found HERE.
This amazing photo of night operations on the Whitewater-Baldy fire in New Mexico was taken June 6, 2012. Photo credit: Kari Greer for Gila National Forest. More of Kari’s excellent photos of the fire can be found HERE.