I’ve been trying to remember to appreciate the little things. The dull pain of a sharp rock under a hiking boot. The rustling of a squirrel in a tree which is surprisingly louder than that of a bear. The way the campfires smell different. The thick air and the way the light filters through the clouds and the trees. This area may not have all of those vast landscapes and grand contrasts that I’ve come to love so much, but there’s no shortage of the little things.
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I dedicate today’s post to @nytimes writer Tim Herrera, and author Rob Walker.
The other day I read Herrera’s article “In a Connected World, How to Really Look,” in which he wrote about Walker’s book, “The Art of Noticing.”
From the article, the author is quoted from his book ~ Mr. Walker writes, “To stay eager, to connect, to find interest in the everyday, to notice what everybody else overlooks...”
Reading those words was like hearing myself speak, because this has been the focus of my work as well as my teaching for my entire career.
Case in point: “The Summer Wind,” 40 x 50 oil on linen, which was conceived during a summer backyard party at a friend’s home a few years ago.
Like today’s weather, it was a hot, humid day, and by 7pm the conditions were ripe for one of those bursts of storm that seem to come out of nowhere.
This time though, it didn’t rain, instead providing me with a light show of sun piercing through cloud cover to illuminate the tree tops in an almost surreal light.
As I took this all in, mesmerized by the visual feast, I took a moment to look around at my friends, not one of whom was noticing what I was seeing.
So, that’s it in a nutshell, I fixate on things other people don’t even notice, and I’ve spent my life trying to capture these scenes in a way that will make others see (and hopefully appreciate) what they are missing.
Like many of my paintings, “The Summer Wind,” takes its title from a song, this one by Frank Sinatra, but that’s only a jumping off point to the full story.~
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The Ring Road 🇮🇸 • 1,2, or 3?
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You escape reality in these moments. Focus alleviates the pressures of life while you steadfastly move upward. The problem is there to be solved with work, pain, and determination. There is resolve in the internal understanding that satisfaction is innate whether you succeed or not. Climbing is therapy, bliss, and ultimately the greatest escape I’ve ever found.
Stormy days can sometimes create the most beautiful sunsets. Spent a couple hours relaxing on those Adirondack chairs before leaving Banff. Drove through the night to make it to Glacier NP in the morning
50 years ago the Apollo 11 crew did what we imagined was impossible. This pursuit has always existed. As humans we have always been explorers, curious to what is over the horizon, around the next bend or just beyond our reach. This doesn’t always mean going to space or changing history entirely; maybe just pushing our limits a little more as we discover what our time here is really all about.
Location: Amazon Basin
Dates: September 30 - October 9, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience the Amazon Basin?
It’s very common to wake up with the sun, to get lost in the tributaries of the Amazon river. You could paddle for miles and never see the end, eventually finding yourself lost amongst the noise of the wildlife that surrounds you. It’s a blissful feeling - a concert of humming, thrumming, buzzing and chirping. Frogs, cicadas, howler monkeys, and birds all in unison to create an orchestra of music.
Experiencing natures purest form, it sticks with you. Covering about 40% of South America, and containing an area of approximately 7,050,000 square kilometres (2,722,020 sq mi), the Amazon Basin drains from west to east, from Iquitos in Peru, across Brazil to the Atlantic. This huge river system spreads out like veins, leaving so much to be explored.
Come join us on our Amazon River Cruise adventure and experience the Amazon for yourself. Spots still available! Link in bio.
Affirmations for anyone struggling with anxiety
° I survived this before.
° I have the ability to cope
° I'm stronger than I think
° My feelings are allowed to be here
° This feeling will pass
° I'm not in any real danger. #anxietyrelief
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SUCCESS IS NEVER OWNED, IT IS RENTED AND RENT IS DUE EVERYDAY.18
This also applies to life! You don’t really own it. You will not decide when it is your time to go but you can define how fast it happens.
Success takes discipline and commitment, self-care and self-esteem etc.
Focus on being healthy mentally and physically, do what it takes.
Some moments you try and bottle up the best you can. Above the Knik glacier with @johnmarinovich . Note that I couldn’t help but revisit these images after I saw the Top Gun 2 trailer the other day.
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What is your NUMBER ONE thing you take with you on every hike, that ISN'T essential? @spirithiker
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Yosemite Falls 🏞
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My favorite time to hike is in 100 degree weather, said no one ever on the entire planet. It’s definitely a good way to get your nuggets to sweat right off your body though! The coolest part about this hike was the amount of cliffhangers there were. Those always make for awesome pictures. This one was wild cause the light spots peaking through the trees and shining on Kimber’s head were so neat.
Wanna take a ride? This morning we took our LC-130 on a short but unforgettable journey. We landed on the ice sheet at Summit Station (w/ giant skis as you can see), at the absolute top of the entire ice and rock archipelago of Greenland. At 3200m (10,551ft) and going from sea level to that in a short period can make you feel a little green but we all did great. I also befriended the lovely crew and ended up landing at Summit in the legit cockpit, which will be something I’ll never forget and probably never be able to do again. More soon... #umgreenland2019#roam247@roam
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Field science is a contact sport, Part 1. Out of contact for two days and went deep field at times. It would be difficult to forget this expedition for anyone on it. Tomorrow: Summit Station, The 10,551ft above sea level and we again take our LC130 there. More soon... #umgreenland2019#roam247@roam
3 11323 June, 2019
Everyone was clicking a selfie and I thought I’ll just sit there and chill
Lake Powell definitely has some of the most otherworldly rock formations on the planet. Who else would love to go swimming here?
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Where are you hiking this summer? Yosemite should be on your list! Is it?
Amazing gallery. Check it out.
13 1,24420 July, 2019
After taking a two and a half week break from posting on Instagram, I wanted this photo to capture the essence of our road trip to Wyoming and Montana. Katy and I hitched our 1964 Airstream Globetrotter, and for ten days, we explored two of the greatest locations the American West has to offer. For half of the trip, we stayed in the Grand Tetons and were reminded of the incredible landscapes throughout the national park. For the second half, our love of Yellowstone was reaffirmed as we searched for wildlife and ventured to some of the craziest geological features in the world. My goal with photography is to evoke a feeling that gives you all a sense of being there yourselves. Unfortunately, a photo can’t allow you to feel the breeze rolling through Lamar Valley, or hear the overwhelming power of Lower Yellowstone Falls. While a photo can allow you to imagine the surrounding sights, sounds, and smells, nothing can truly compare to being there yourself. I hope that as I begin posting photos from our trip, it will encourage you to get out and explore these awe inspiring parks if you haven’t already.
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The weather is finally delivering the goods, so I'm off to do some camping in the hopes of snagging a couple of secluded peaks, which means it's big backpack time! 🙃 I bought my last 60L backpack in 2014 and until I tried the @WoodsCanada Peak 60 Backpack, I really had no idea how far things have progressed and how much I was missing out on. Here are some of my favorite features that my old one didn't have:
1. It comes with its own cover that fits neatly on the very bottom in case I find myself in a storm.
2. It has a bottom pocket where I can cram in my sleeping bag snugly, so it doesn't take up valuable space in the main compartment.
3. SNACK pockets on the belt - they can also be lip balm and phone pockets or pretty much anything else I need to access frequently.. like sunscreen 😁
4. It has straps for my skis and mountaineering axe: I finally get to look cool with an A frame!!!
5. The padding on the back and the amount of adjustable straps made it really comfortable to carry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you have a backpack that's missing any of these, make your life easier and find this one at @CanadianTire ! #ad#WoodsExplorer May 19, 2019 📷@brandonmacmullin
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morning is such a beautiful thing, too bad it has to come at such an inconvenient time of day
This magnificent little chunk of the earth is brought to you by @southdakota. Islands of dirt floating in a sea of unusually vibrant green at sunrise with a storm on the horizon. Everyone keeps asking me how green it is out here. I’m not a scientist, but I believe this is ten-year event rainfall kinda green, which means, if you’re a nature geek like me, these are some seriously epic conditions! From flowing waterfalls to the carpet of lush vegetation in the Badlands right now, the landscapes here are wild and stunning, and I am embracing the challenge of capturing them. #HiFromSD
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