Chasing Light: An Exploration of the American Landscape

Chasing Light is a testament to the beauty and wonder of our national parks. It is also the story of photographer Frank Lee Ruggles. Frank has traveled to all 50 states, hiked over 15,000 miles, venturing off the grid, disappearing into pristine wilderness for days at a time, capturing the unseen wonder of America with nothing but 42 lbs. of camera gear on his back.

Frank’s award winning photographic works can be seen in galleries and public buildings across the country and now in this 250 page collection of his life’s work: Chasing Light: An Exploration of the American Landscape. 5% of the total Retail Sales will be donated to the National Park Trust to support their youth programs that provide transformational park experiences to children from under-served communities. (Visit to learn more about the National Park Trust).  Join Frank on his adventures as he chases light until the sun goes down!

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More about the Author

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, was a First Sergeant in the Virginia State Guard as a Military Police Officer, and 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, and he is using his unique skills to advocate for the conservation and preservation of our National Parks and other natural places. Learn more about Frank and his amazing career in the short video below.