As of recent I’ve had some significant life changes come about my way. Truthfully though they may have come about at the right time. I won’t speak directly of what they are just yet because you only need to know that they have humbled me and given me a second chance to venture even further into a life of what I cherish. When I was young I believe I started on a walkabout of sorts and simply put I’m seeing now that it may never be completed. Theres so much out there within this country (and beyond) that it would be an injustice to simply live stagnate and never explore it. Keep in mind this could simply be a walk to the store or a hike through the forest you pass ten times a day, just seeing it first hand and being within those moments I feel you’ll find that sense of reality, adventure and a deeper appreciation of life.
Over the past years I’ve had a lot of questions about my gear. More so about camera hardware and post processing software. I’m not a professional and the gear I have selected offered me the greatest value per dollar I could personally afford. Keep in mind I didn’t just buy all of this stuff in one sitting, I have accumulated this over several years through trial and error. I’m usually in less than favorable conditions for Photography and Videography so to speak. My gear is subjected to moisture, saltwater, dust, dirt, mud, sand, loose women, curious children and rain more often than not. Anyone who is interested in nature (fishing, hunting or exploring) can tell you this is a problem that will remain consistent.
Reflections can be scary and often they show you things in life that may often pass without acknowledgment. The truth is I was loosing a battle with technology and the social media applications that have hijacked our lives. Yes, in some instances they can be great and connect you with some great people. However the fact is it pulls you from the true meaning of life. I have completely lost any form of respect for most social media outlets. Its become a melting pot of attention and self-boasting egos larger than the applications that individuals themselves interact with.
Wild, in essences we all are. Sometime between our everyday rat race and simply finding a temporary escape we’ve lost something dear to us, nature. I make it a point to spend as much time as possible outdoors when I can. My morning starts like any other. My thoughts run wild with ideas of where to go and what to do. I spent the afternoon walking through my local forest with the hopes of clearing my mind last weekend. Most of these trips more or less turn into lost thoughts. taking photos of my surroundings and wondering how to improve on who I am as a person. I simply want to just improve on who I am and what I can do to make this place better.
The morning of October 16th year of 2015 started somewhat sour, I awoke with a newborn child crying and an agitated wife. The plan was to venture into the woods with my oldest child and show her the life I LOVE. There are things in this world that I choose to hold onto and things that I travel past like road-kill on an empty freeway. The Temperatures were to hold around high 70 degrees during the day and fall into the low 60’s at night and I knew this would make for a wonderful evening in the forest.
A dry boat meets the water and the day’s worries are left behind. The trailer creeks and clunks every mile until its rest. the screech of metal taught friction from my right foot as I apply force to the brake petal. The vehicle slows and comes to a brief stop. For only seconds I wish for it to continue its mechanical existence. With the boat residing in the current, I park my vehicle in its resting place for several hours as I submerge myself amongst all things foreign to most. Those that keep themselves at home away from interaction with nature and the wild unknown, need not apply for friendship. If you are looking for a greater porpouse in life, grab a cold one and come aboard.
I’ve taken a lot for granted, I usually go out and just search for fish while out on the water to eat artificial lures and flies that I’ve longed to throw in front of their faces. I look around and see things a lot simpler now although most if it is far to complex for me to explain. All I can do is share the little moments with you. Life doesn’t always make sense, and I’m sure at times it seems dauntless (it is). While were out most would think that it is reckless and at times dangerous. there will always be problems and hard times will come and go.
I see this everyday and yes at times I feel like a broken record. How have we come to such a terrible place in life where it seems the standard to click a like, share, and view atrocities that we only view on one side of a smart phone, tablet or computer. People are hurt, starving and being killed and often being exploited for this new common entertainment. Well this is what happens when someone starts being real and leaves the common calamities and finds himself.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the the Ocala National forest, It is the second largest nationally protected forest in the united states. According to wiki it makes up roughly 430,447 acres and was established in 1908. I’ve never been one to find pleasure in staying home over the weekend and apparently it was a mission between the two of us (Nate and myself) to makes sure we weren’t to miss out on an evening of star gazing, tossing back brews, chatting with friends, And laughing out loud.
Have you ever awoken to find the world was just as you had left it ? Me either.