Curious Critters

Before shooting a model for a book cover shoot, I met an amazing person at Tongva Park, which is down the street from where I reside in Santa Monica. I can be quite shy and I have never had a photo shoot done of myself, but I quickly opened up to this feller. Though the photographs were quite silly, it taught me not to be so nervous all of the time and just let loose.

 

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Plan, Wish, and Left: Mt. Whitney

Date: 30 Friday May 2014

Destination: Mount Whitney

Miles: 22 Round Trip

Time: One night

Temperature: 12-23 Degrees Fahrenheit

Wind: 25mph

Planning: Ariel 65 Osprey Backpack, Rei Passage 1 Tent, down sleeping bag 19 degrees, Rei Trekker 1.76 self- inflating sleeping pad 14 oz (lb), LEKI Superlock and lightweight trekking poles, Katadyn Hiker Pro Microfilter Water Filtration System backcountry series 11 oz, Patagonia Long Sleeve (base layer), Patagonia long pants (base layer), high school sweat shirt, North Face fleece jacket, jacket, Patagonia wind breaker, sock liners, two pairs of wool socks, glove liners, all weather gloves, 3 pairs underwear, 4 pairs of socks, hiking boots, sunglasses, Harley Davidson sun hat, hair ties, toothbrush, toothpaste, water purifier, Jet Boil Personal cooking system, Jet boil Jet Power (Propane) 8.11 oz,  one lighter, wind breaker, black diamond head light, pocket knife, 3 nalgene water bottles, spoon, fork, 7 tuna fish packets, trail mix, banana chips, dried pineapple, cyto max, 2 dehydrated dinners and 2 dehydrated breakfasts.

Didn’t Need: Glove liner. So much extra tuna fish packets, lol.

Should have brought: Ice axe which I left in the car thinking I would not need it. Day pack.

 

I was so happy that I brought the jackets that I did. It was well worth it. I made the trip with an older guy around late 40s early 50s who I met a week ago at an adventure store! We decided to make the trip with a night in between for altitude adjustment. A mistake we made was not brining a day pack. As a result we had to bring our big backpacking backpacks to carry jackets, water, food etc. . . . It was a lot of extra weight that didn’t need to be.

Plan, Wish, and Left: Yosemite

Ahh, planning for Yosemite was exciting. While I have done a lot of hiking, I had never been backpacking before.

Our trip was 5 days and 50 miles, pretty nice temperature throughout the day but cold at night.

Brought: Aerial 65 Osprey Backpack, Rei Passage 1 backpacking tent, sleeping bag, hiking boots, 2 long sleeves, 1 tank top, 1 t-shirt, 1 pair of sweatpants, 2 shorts (one running), 8 pairs of socks,  6 pairs of underwear, 1 sun hat 2 nalgene bottles, first aid (band-aids, gauze, tape, Ibuprofen), Sun screen, face wash, tooth brush, toothpaste, 4 dehydrated meals (I wasn’t told we were staying five days but we shared food the entire time), pack of beef jerky, five cliff bars, trail mix.

Wish: Headlamp: I didn’t have one and we had to set up as it was dark outside so it was difficult. More Food: I was told we were only staying four days, so I didn’t pack enough.

I used everything that I brought which was pretty impressive to me :)

Le Shadows

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After photographing Darrell in the afternoon we went back to his place where I was read a letter from his mom in Chinese, which was pretty crazy. When I turned around a young girl was staring me and after a brief moment I jumped with glee because Iove mirrors and different shades of light which were behind us. I grabbed my camera and framed Darrell in the light.

Afterwards I played him the piano and we ended the evening with me kicking his butt in video games :)

The Unlit Lantern Now Shining Bright

I’ve lost my way to my dream.

Just short of a year ago I had big dreams of photographing for National Geographic and adventuring with my camera every day. In the past six months, I have barely touched my camera, changed my major from photography to criminal justice, settling at something more stable.

I knew something was terribly wrong because my interactions with others became minimal, I was getting angry at people and my friends  and becoming really stressed out about everything. I was complaining a lot, not eating well. No exercise was in my daily routine.

This behaviour is dramatically different from my normal self who is very go green, into healthy eating and exercising, and playing with her camera every day, almost obsessing over photography as a result of pure passion in hopes of becoming greater.

I asked my friend why he wasn’t getting angry with me as I acted out the past couple of months. He said that it was because I had a lot going on and that he knew I was just trying to get through it. What I realized from that conversation was that I was really going through a difficult time. I gave up on my dream and decided on something that I believed to be a good job, protecting people as a police officer, but it didn’t satisfy what my heart and my dreams and goals had been wanting. I repressed my not only want, but my need for photography and traded it in for something more stable.

Now that I realized what I had done, I am feeling passionate again and more alive than ever.

 

The reason for sharing my story today is that you should never, ever give up on your dreams. Even if you don’t see any possible way to achieve them, there always is and you can’t give up if you know in your heart that’s what you were meant to do- need to do.

 

Howdy guys, I will be posting more often. I think it will help me sort out my life and help me remember my past adventures. For now, I am going to try to post as much as possible !