Capturing the beauty and the memories of a moment is what I’ve thrived on for well over a decade, and so in this line of business, you have to be ready for anything. When you see something and take the best photo to share that memory with others, where you nail the light, the angle, the mood and the story, then there’s little else that feels that damn good.
Sort of like treasure hunting, bird watching is an experience of many lows with a few occasional discoveries that make the downtime worth the wait. I find bird watching to be a rewarding and zen experience, because it keeps me relaxed, focused, and breathing easy without anxiety. Then with the spotting of an eagle or owl, I find myself flooded with a jolt of wonder and awe, which helps to solidify my trust that Nature lives on in a world slowly suffocating by the cause and effect of modern human activity.
As any reader who has frequented the site over the years knows, I prefer backpacker style travel. Luxury first class is great and all, but let’s be real, majority of us can’t afford that. Besides, I’d rather have a backpacker month than a luxury week-long vacation. A few years back when I spent 9-months in Europe, I stretched my budget several times over what I had originally intended. Besides, I love the feeling of being free, weighted down by nothing more than a rucksack strapped over my shoulders and the clothes on my back. I can handle sporadic hikes with a rucksack and no additional luggage. I can change from place to place on a whim.
It’s that time of year again where the weather turns frigid, the plant life turns brown and fades back into the earth, and the magic within our culture comes alive with lights, gift giving, feast having and general merriment. It’s not the shopping that I love so much as I love experiencing the joy and wonder and surprise on the faces of my loved ones when I nailed it by giving them the right gift to light up their faces.
In the world of natural medicine, new and exciting new options seem to crop up faster than the season change. One question always lingers: How do you know what you’re buying is safe, and the real deal? To be honest, you don’t. But you can make smarter buying decisions by taking research into your own hands. CBD is the latest craze and unfortunately for some, not all CBD is created equal and some people are finding that out the hard way. CBD should be gentle, causing little if any side effects. But not all CBD is the same.
CBD or cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis sativa, which will not get you high, but is showing to have many positive medicinal properties. Since full spectrum CBD is the most medicinal, packing the strongest punch, this version of CBD carries a lot of worries for people who worry that their employers will fire them if a drug test were to be required. The reason is because full spectrum indicates that the other parts of the plant are in the extract oil as well, like the infamous THC, which is the compound that creates the high that has fueled the stigma all these years. Without full spectrum, you take out the other cannabinoids (like CBG, CBN, and THC), as well as plant terpenes, omegas, and other medicinal properties.
Photography is often said to be an art where the artist paints with light. But timing is also among the necessary skill sets of an accomplished and talented photographer. I’ve traveled the world, toured over 25 countries, and photographed some of the world’s finest and most beautiful landscapes, and I will be the first to tell you that timing is as important as light. Hell, sometimes, timing the light is the most important thing, but with every situation the details matter most.
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