Journal Entries

Tips for Photographing Wildlife

For the best shots you normally want to get as close as they animal feels comfortable, enough to fill the frame while still letting them relax into natural behavior. Ive been having good luck with a 70-300vr since it allows me to typically frame the shot faster without a clumsy tripod. For all but the most habituated creatures, getting too close will cause them to flee. Once that flight happens your unlikely to get any more good shots since it'll be of their backside. Get a clean shot as quickly as possi… Read More »

Joshua Tree - Eagle Mountains

This weekend was a much needed retreat in the desert of Joshua Tree National Park.  It had been a bit of a rough week as I just found out my granddad had passed away. My flight to head back down to New Zealand a few weeks from now to catch up with family had already been booked, so you can imagine it was a bit upsetting to learn that I'd never be able to see him again. Sometimes it can take a while to work though big life events like this, but for me I tend to pull inwards to work through such things.… Read More »

Redefining "God"

Why are we here, and where are we headed? What do we value, and how do we work towards those things? How do we want to spend our short time here on Earth? Historically religion has sought to answer these great questions of life, claiming to have the moral authority of God. The ancient stories told of our creation, our place in the heavens, why we struggle, how to live ethically... There may be some moral truths conveyed in such parables, and they may give some comfort in an otherwise confusing wo… Read More »

Redwoods Elk Rut Slideshow

If you happen to visit Redwood National Park during the early autumn you may have a chance to see the seasonal Elk Rut. Within the aptly named Elk Prairie, this impressive bull elk actively defends his harem of up to 20 cows from challengers. In order to maintain his peak position within the heard he quickly chases them off any other males who wander too close. The juvenile bull being pursued in these photos has just reach the age where it's seen as potential mating threat, and is forced away by the alpha m… Read More »

Sentient Beings

The Subjectivity of the Senses There is no single point in evolutionary history where consciousness could be said to have suddenly come into existence. Within species it exists on a continuum. A starfish can move without a brain. Its cells act together instinctually, with chemical signals firing between them. But it moves in slow motion, and its awareness of the surroundings is primitive. Worms were the first life-form to develop a simple central nervous system, where all the cells within the orga… Read More »

Kayaking Skookumchuck Tidal Rapids

A kayaker surfs the food at Skookumchuck Tidal Rapids, British Columbia Read More »

Flamenco & Classical Guitar

A collection my favorite flamenco and classical guitar videos, with performances by Paco De Lucia, Andre Segovia, Manolo Sanlúcar, Tomatito, Pepe Romero, & Ana Vidovic Read More »

Finding Freedom Within The System

Starting in college I started to develop a kind of love/hate relationship with "the system". It was becoming apparent that out of all of the possible paths we could take in life, the powers that be had created a network of carrots and sticks to corral the population towards a certain style of living, developing a complex network that constrains and channels our behavior, and rewards us for those activities that have been deemed most socially beneficial. This complex web of laws and culture is taught t… Read More »

The Mayan Kingdom eBook

The Maya are one of the Mesoamerican cultures of this New World. They are descendants of the Olmecs, inhabiting Southern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and Central America. At their peak around 500-1000 C.E., Mayan society was one of the most advanced the earth had known, developing a complex culture, with a precise knowledge of astronomy, mathematics, and an intricate written language. Read More »

The Sensation of the Mystical - Albert Einstein

"The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness." - Albert Einstein Read More »