An ActiveRain Post Leads to Photos in an Oregon State Parks Brochure

Industry Observer

You never know who will read your ActiveRain post once you hit the Publish button and send it into the Internet.  We trust that we're reaching our audience and hope that they like the content, find it credible, and will be motivated to reach out to us.

Recently I wrote a post titled "Sleep in a Tipi at Clyde Holliday State Park Near John Day, Oregon."  The post contained several pictures, a description of the Park, and my experience camping in a tipi with my wife.  I then naturally shared the post on my Facebook page.

A few days later, a notification appeared in my AR account from a visitor.  The message read: Hi Rick, I work for Oregon State Parks. We read your recent article about tipis at Clyde Holliday and were impressed with the photos. Would you be willing to donate them to us? They would be great to use in brochures and other collateral.

John Day RiverMy wife and I visit and camp at numerous places in the Oregon State Parks System every year.  When we camp, we'll stay in a 10-man tent, yurt, cabin, or (in this case) a tipi.

We've always found the parks to be clean, well maintained, inviting, and full of natural beauty.  The staff and hosts make us feel welcome and are available should we need them.

I called and spoke with the Oregon State Parks representative.  My photos are available under a Creative Commons copyright.  I agreed to send him the links to the Clyde Holliday photos, as well as a few other quality photos I've taken in the Park System to consider for publication.

All this from posting a few vacation photos and writing about them.  You never know who is reading your posts and when you'll see a notification in your ActiveRain profile!

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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.



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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That is really amazing.  Congratulations and enjoy camping!

Feb 28, 2018 08:00 PM #11
Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
Your agent under the sun

Rick, that is fantastic! Keep sharing your great photos and positive experiences camping... and by the way, the tipi is amazing. Where did you get it from?

Feb 28, 2018 11:07 PM #12
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Rick, great photos always add to the attention a post receives.

Great point, we don't know who is reading.

Thanks for sharing.

Mar 01, 2018 07:20 AM #13
Greg Mona
Faira - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate in the 21st Century!

Wonderful and very clear photos Rick Obst! The second one made me want to go grab my fly rod and find a nice stream! Congrats on them being selected for a publication that many will see! 

Mar 01, 2018 07:30 AM #14
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Thanks for sharing your experience. You are so right, we never know who is reading our blog posts.  Love the Tipi photo shot. I love camping and I would be drawn to this photo wherever it's posted to find out more!  Congrats on the Feature!  Well deserved!!!

Mar 01, 2018 07:36 AM #15
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Rick... Strangely enough I have had the same experience on some of my fall foliage shots here in New Hampshire. Congrats.

Mar 01, 2018 08:24 AM #16
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Wow, Clyde Holliday State Park looks like a fabulous place to visit and to sleep in a Tipi would be a blast. The pictures are great, Rick. Congratulations!!

Mar 01, 2018 09:34 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Rick

That's great news and congrats on the publicity. Your photos are really wonderful so I'm not surprised the Oregonb State Parks wanted to use them. You never know when our localism post will grab attention.


Mar 01, 2018 11:30 AM #18
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Well done, great publicity. I just had a request for a photo I took of our local Veterans Memorial and posted here on AR and used on Instagram and Facebook to be used by the Veterans in some publicity they are putting together, with an offer of giving me credit for the photo.

Mar 01, 2018 11:52 AM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That's pretty cool. They are great phtoos, so I can understand them wanting to use them!

Mar 01, 2018 12:18 PM #20
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Very nice & Congratulations, Rick Obst. Work being used in such a way (to me) is certainly an honor. Well deserved in your case for sure!

I'm not familiar with the Creative Commons Copyright program but will look at it (in hopes of some wanting my stuff someday!!)

Thanks for sharing,


Mar 01, 2018 02:49 PM #21
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Congrats on the photos in the brochure.

Wonder if there's a way to parlay that into more AR points?  The only true currency for those of us here, right?

It's got to feel good to be recognized, good work.

Mar 01, 2018 05:28 PM #22
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Congratulations! I can't imagine a better compliment than asking to show your work to park-goers. I am glad they found you. Thank you for sharing. 

Mar 01, 2018 06:36 PM #23
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Glad to meet you in AR, Rick. I can see why they wanted to use your amazing photos. And, thrilled for your blogging success.  D 

Mar 02, 2018 07:14 AM #24
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

We are immersed into the information age. Behind it is people like Rick Obst 

Mar 02, 2018 07:36 AM #25
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Well done. You never know where the AR reach will extend!

Mar 02, 2018 08:12 AM #26
Susan Hale
Re/Max Realty of Defiance,Inc. - Defiance, OH
Re/Max Northwest Ohio Realtor

Rick, So absolutely wonderful that your posts on Facebook and Active Rain are drawing peoples attention!  I love taking photos too. Oregon looks like a wonderful area to live in.   Congrats and look forward to viewing many more of your photo posts. 

Mar 02, 2018 08:44 AM #27
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Kudos to you for your great photos!  I've often wondered who reads my posts without a reply, from the public.   You provided good encouragement to others by writing this post.  Congrats!

Mar 06, 2018 08:58 AM #28
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Rick,

Not surprising. Nice pictures.

Mar 06, 2018 09:21 PM #29
Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware

Nicely done, Rick! Flattering to get noticed for doing something you like to do!

Mar 09, 2018 03:49 PM #30
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