Sunday, September 27, 2009

The National Parks

Tonight is the premier of The National Parks: America's Best Idea on PBS. Finally, the night I've been waiting months for--ever since I saw the first preview of this new Ken Burns series way back in May.

We will begin the story in 1851 with tonight's episode. This series will run 6 episodes this week. Sorry Blogger and Facebook friends, but I'll be spending every night this week with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Want more information? Check out this PBS link.


Heidi said...

Mom & I just watched the first episode tonight. Wonderful! We had a fun time guessing the locations of the opening scenes. I'd like to think we were right on all of them.

My dad missed it because he had a meeting, but he'll watch it later. We've got TiVo set to record the series, so we may not get to all of them each night. There's a lot of hockey being recorded now too.

Gaelyn said...

I wish I could watch that tonight, but alas no TV. I'll watch it online later. So, guess I'll just have to settle with being here at the canyon.

Kelly said...

...I recently bought the book "Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges" by Eric Jay Dolin, and it's good too. Thanks for the heads up on this program. I'm going to tune in.

Jayne said...

We're taping the entire series on the DVR so we can watch too Ruthie. I love Ken Burns and his work, and am looking forward to seeing these shows.

Anonymous said...

You bet I watched, Ken Burns does such a good job on his programs. The amount of research that goes into a series like this is monumental. I'll be watching all the rest of the series, can't think of a better reason to watch TV then this.

Julie said...

Okay, I'm the party pooper. I was really looking forward to it, but it didn't keep my attention and I ended up turning it off! My bad. Probably just in a bad mood due to having to go back to work today!
Hey, I went out to the Commons to walk Saturday and saw this huge caterpillar. The thickness of your thumb and probably as long as your index finger. He was green and hanging upside down on a tree. I'll forward you his picture. Wondering if you know what he is. Hope you have a good week.

Carolyn H said...

I think episode 2 will likely be my favorite. Teddy R. is my 2nd favorite president, and he's the one that was responsible for the national park system we know today. So I think this episode will be outstanding.

Carolyn H.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Heidi,
I bet you did recognize many of those scenes--especially the ones from California and Alaska.
It's good to record the shows you want to see, but finding the time to watch them is my downfall.

Ah Gaelyn, you're LIVING the series! If I had a choice between TV or the Grand Canyon, you know it wouldn't be TV! Enjoy your national park.

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for the info on the NWR book, I didn't know there was even such a thing and I bet I'd really like that book too. And you've got your duck stamp for free admission to all NWRs, don't you??

Good for you Jayne. I hope you enjoy the series.

Hi Mom,
I did see on the IPTV listing that they re-broadcast each segment at different times, so just in case I do miss one, I can catch it another time.

Aw, don't give up on it Julie. I caught myself wanting to doze off towards the end there too, but my excuse was because I got up at 4:30 and went deer hunting.
Thanks for that awesome caterpillar picture too--Polyphemus Moth (in case you read this before the e-mail reply)

Hi Carolyn,
I'm looking forward to learning more about TR's role in the national park system tonight.

NCmountainwoman said...

We decided this was something we wanted to own, and PBS is taking orders for mid-October delivery. We ordered the 6-DVD set, along with the companion book and it comes with a free music CD.

Now we don't feel as if we have to watch every night this week. We did watch last night and thought it was superb.

Stephen said...

I've been awaiting the broadcast of this series since first hearing about it on PBS. I missed the first episode when it was initially aired, but, fortunately TPT rebroadcasts at a later time and was able to view it then.
All I can say about the two episodes thus far is "Thank goodness they were done by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan"! I've seen previous works by Mr. Burns and thoroughly appreciated, and enjoyed them, as well as the wonderful educational format utilized in his productions.

barefoot gardener said...

missed episode one, but watched 2 last night at work.....SO AWESOME!

lauren lane said...

I think the National Forests and all of Nature should be preserved, especially in areas where the building has gone out of control. We need some trees and "green" stuff around...or we will go totally mad.

RuthieJ said...

Oh Carolyn, Congratulations on being able to own the set. It's an amazing program.

Hi Stephen,
I'm watching the series on Iowa Public TV and I see they're also showing it at other times. Sounds like you're enjoying it as much as I am.

Hi Barefoot,
In my opinion, Episode 2 was better than Episode 1. I liked seeing all the wildlife, although I gasped out loud when they showed that old movie of the guy in the Everglades shooting egrets!

You got that right Lauren Lane! We should all do whatever we can to protect and preserve whatever nature is still left. It's too precious to lose!

dAwN said...

I am totally loving this series and learning tons..will watch over and over.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Dawn,
I was thinking about you and how fortunate you and Jeff are to have the opportunity to visit these National Parks with your "homey!"