I read somewhere that the only way to grow, the only way to change, the only way to learn is by leaning into discomfort. Cold weather has always been one of those pressure points for me. And so… I brainstormed a list of the least comfortable situations I could possibly imagine being in, I then got rid of anything that was actually dangerous, or that would require me to fly to another continent or acquire an inordinate number of skills or gear and I settled on some snowy backcountry camping… alone. I won’t say that it was the easiest night of my life and definitely made me check my sanity a handful of times. But as the sun lit up the peaks and hot coffee hit my lips I realized that nothing is really as bad as you make it out to be in your mind - not even -20°C nights alone in the wilderness.
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A week or so after this adventure I hopped on a plane for my first visit to Yosemite NP for a few nights in the backcountry with @mtch3l . The forecast was chilly but I felt that I could tackle the world with my excessive layers and -35°C sleeping bag… only to find that the forecast was wrong and didn’t even cross below freezing at the coldest of times. My backpack was far heavier than it needed to be - overfilled with clothes and gear and snacks to get me through a small ice age. We laughed as bruises formed on my hips and the skin rubbed off of my shoulders where my straps sat. It was that trip that I realized I may be a little bit more Canadian than I give myself credit for - I found myself in shorts when everyone else was bundled up and, on our final day, I raced down the mountain to minimize my exposure to the mid day sun in the valley. Apparently I have the unique ability to find discomfort in every situation.
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I’ve been asked from time to time about my gear/packing lists and over the past week I made a home for this on my website. Starting with this trip (if y’all find value in it) I will upload the packing lists that I use for my trips - let me know in the comments if this is something you find value in and (if so) what kind of gear/packing lists you would be interested in seeing.
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Just over a year ago a few friends and I met up, most of us for the first time, and decided to go on a hike through the desert. We hiked for a few hours with no trail and over 90 degree temps. I’ll never forget the relief we felt when we finally made it to this view. After passing out on the rocks for an hour or so, we set up camp and prepared ourselves for a very hot and windy night. The next morning we got up bright and early, waited for the sun to rise and began the hike out. We hiked for a few hours in the heat with little or no water. What a trip to remember. 🌵
22✨ Best. Year. Ever. -Thank you to all my sweet family and friends for celebrating with me this weekend and for all the kind birthday wishes.
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I've been in Norway for a few days now and have settled in for the season. I signed a contract today which binds me to this winter wonderland for the next 6 months. Goodbye bare skin 👋 #malta#nomad#travel
From setting up small renegade booths outside of farmer's markets to going all out at music festivals my display has gone through many iterations but this one was something of a feat. Not easy fitting all of this in a 4ft x 4ft space while keeping it clean and organized. At one point I could barely cover a 6ft table and now seeing this smorgasbord of stones and wood come together in the smallest space I've worked with.. well, it just fills the heart with joy.
It was such an honor to be apart of opening weekend at the Eugene holiday market and to have met all of the incredible people that rolled through. On top of that I owe a huge amount of gratitude to the wonderful beings from @saturdaymarket who made this market happen, especially all of the magically talented folks who are the heart and soul of these events. Thank you to every last one of you!
Seems I am falling more in love with Eugene with every visit and I truly see a place for me here. There is something so very special about this town that as soon as I drive in it feels like I'm home. Who knows maybe someday it actually will be but until then I'll just have to live with multiple hour drives to get here.
What's next? Asking myself same question. My season of shows is coming to a close which means only thing, it's time to dive deep into the work and discover within myself where the art wants to go. If there's one thing I've learned from all of this is that I am just a conduit. Art does what it wants, like a river it flows through us in many ways spiraling in eddies, shooting between rocks, pushing endlessly making its way to the source. Of course we must motivate for things don't always happen on their own (or rarely ever do) but if you are inspired to create whatever it may be remember to find the balance between nature's force and your own. It is everything
I’ve been here for 6 weeks now and have been to the mountains 4 out of 6. I really don’t want to take my new home for granted. Now that I’m in this amazing place where I feel the most alive and most like myself, I want to do and experience everything I can! Which is why, although apprehensive at first, I said yes to this weekends adventure.
The photographer that I spent the weekend with I’ve only met once very briefly back in April. @olrightryan and I have kept in touch ever since through social media and for a long time now had plans to shoot/edit together when time and location would allow. This weekend we did just that and it was such an incredible experience get to know him as a person, to fully live into the creative community and to meet other amazing creatives along our way. This sort of thing happens all over the world now. Instagram can be now used as a platform to help us create friendships and stay connected with people from anywhere!
This was just one other experience that showed me how photography is a lifestyle and why it’s so important for me to share that with those closest to me. I’m so excited to have more adventures like these with other creatives hopefully from all over the world!
“Being in the mountains reignites our astonishment at the simplest transactions of the physical world: To put a hand down and feel the ridges and score in a rock where a glaciers has passed, to see late summer light filling miles of landscape like an inexhaustible liquid. Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. By confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.”
― Robert MacFarlane, Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit
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Procuro sempre maneiras novas de descobrir um país, mesmo sendo o que me viu crescer. A Nacional-2 "rasga" Portugal de uma ponta à outra, por isso se torna fascinante percorrê-la. Visitando um Portugal profundo, são 738,5km, mete o cinto! Vamos arrancar? 😉 📷@hugoavidal
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Literally walking on water, proverbially walking on clouds. This past month has been pure bliss!
Sometime I wonder, how does fulfilment looks and feels like?
Then it hits me...it is actually all in our mind and perspective...If we feel that the experiences in life is beyond our control, we will not try to influence the directions or outcomes actively...If we feel that the experiences in life, is something to be endured, we will just endure in order to get through...However, if we view the experiences in life, as something potentially fulfilling, then that is when we will focus our efforts on learning to create the most fulfilling experiences we can...At the end of the day, it is less of a choice, but an intention to get the best out of life and living, no matter how the environment, situation and people involved in our experiences are gonna be... What is fulfilment to you then? 😊