Sandy & Jim Rothschild
Frank Lee Ruggles has about as mysterious and impressive a resumé as one can imagine. He carried a machine gun for four years as a U.S. Army Paratrooper and was a first sergeant in the Virginia State Guard as a military police officer. He even parachuted with the 82nd Airborne division into Panama--and then, he followed that up with a completely different career, following in the footsteps of his photographic hero: the late, great Ansel Adams.
This former military-man-turned-critically-acclaimed-photographer has held the esteemed position as an official photographer for the United States National Park Service from 2007 through 2011, a position only held by a handful of people in the 100-year history of the NPS. In combining two such different lives, Ruggles has found himself in the role of warrior-artist. He is using his unique skills to advocate for the conservation and preservation of our National Parks and other natural places. He's currently touring in support of his first coffee-table book, "Chasing Light, an Exploration of the American Landscape" and developing a new hosted documentary series for Television titled, "Knowhere."
Ruggles resides with his Wife Lisa, and his Great Dane, Wilson in Richmond, Virginia.