Kim Duclo is a park ranger — a job so connected to his identity most people know him simply as “Ranger Kim.” He gives tours and talks and knows something about just about every corner of Balboa Park.
When I asked him about his favorite place in the park a couple of months ago, he paused. He seemed overwhelmed at the thought of picking one. But when I narrowed the question to a place and a time, he piped up.
“The park at first light in the morning or late at night,” he said.
Duclo’s used to considering light. He studied communication and visual arts at UC San Diego, and worked for more than a decade preparing exhibits at the Museum of Photographic Arts in the park.
Sam Hodgson met him one late afternoon this week just before the daylight faded. They went up to the rooftop of the park’s Administration Building, which houses Duclo’s office and those of other park staffers. The building was once part of the U.S. Navy’s original 1920s-era hospital before the hospital expanded and moved over to Florida Canyon.