A Note from the Photographer
Welcome to Closing California Parks.
This coming September, 2011, the government is threatening to shut down 70 state parks in California due to the budget crisis.
I’m not interested in the politics, not really. I’ve never tried to solve a statewide budget crisis, and I don’t envy those whose job it is to do so.
We are on the brink of losing something truly beautiful. The state parks in California aren’t just nice spots for a hike or a picnic. They represent some of the most beautiful, diverse and sometimes rare ecosystems in the country. As a photographer, I am drawn to these places because they always have something new to show me.
When I heard about the threatened closures, it seemed like a perfect excuse to see as many of these places as I can before they are lost. It also seemed like a perfect summer blogging project.
I am doing this in my spare time, on my own dime, and with my own equipment. I encourage all visitors to take a day to go to one of these places, and just see for yourself what we may lose.
Thanks for taking the time to look.
If you are interested in donating to the California State Parks Foundation, you can do so here:
Also, please note, all images on this site are copyright Eliya Selhub. If you would like to use one of my images, please contact me at please contact me at eliya (at) eliya (dot) net.
Update: The closure date for most parks has been pushed back to July 2012. Some parks, including Henry Coe, Tomales Bay, Samuel Taylor, and Del Norte Redwoods have managed to find a bit of reprieve, and may be safe for at least the next few years