In 2008, my first photo was published by the Smithsonian Channel. The photo was of an opossum up a tree and was featured in “Stories From The Vault” Episode 3: Nature’s Vault.
While driving on Fort Chaffee in Arkansas, I saw a couple of dogs that had treed the opossum. When I approached, the dogs left and I took several photos. I was hand-holding my camera and lens at the time.
“Stories From The Vault” is a television series hosted by actor Tom Cavanagh. It consists of seven half-hour programs that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. The series unlocks remarkable objects and stories from the museum’s collection, showcasing its rarest treasures and featuring experts behind them. The show covers a wide range of topics, from famous donors to nature, top secret artifacts, and more. It premiered on the Smithsonian Channel in September 2007 and has a rating of 8.1 on IMDb.
“Stories From The Vault” Episode 3 is “Nature’s Vault”. In that episode, Tom Cavanagh tracks sloths, searches the Panama Canal, and rises sixteen stories in a crane to research bug life atop the rainforest.