I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Starting the first of the year my family and I will be participating in the 52 Hike Challenge. We already try to have a weekly adventure day but with the weather getting colder they will slowly stop as we bug in for the winter. I really like the idea of a challenge that will help push us through the cold parts of the season. I think it will be a good life lesson for the kids. Sometimes you have to push forward even when you don’t feel like it.

Without a hawk to hunt, I haven’t spent much time in the woods this fall except for our adventure days. Yesterday, I decided I had to get out on a trail somewhere, anywhere. It was like my mind needed to reconnect and recharge. I only hiked about 7 miles in total but I got to see a waterfall and hiked to the top of a rock formation called the King and Queen seat.

My favorite part of the day was meeting a couple from New Zealand and sitting with them on top of a rock and listening to their adventures and sharing some of their dark chocolate hot coco. After about 40 minutes we said farewell and they were off for their next adventure.

I wish I would of taken more pictures but oh well, there’s always next week.

Stay Random.

Dom

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Yucatán rosewood you say. 

Finally feeling better after a crummy head cold. 😷 I didn’t really have a ton of energy to do an adventure day but I had to jump on my lathe and make something. 

I had a chunk or Yucatán rosewood I ordered from amazon. I figured since it wasn’t too big I could make a small bowl from it.  It ended up about a 4 1/2″ bowl. The grain is very beautiful and took a mineral oil finish beautifully. 

What do you guys think?

The Mystery Blogger Award

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I would like to thank the person who created this award: Okoto enigma. You are an amazing and an inspiring blogger. This is really a great idea to introduce this award. It’s fun and helpful too!

This is my third nomination for this award. Thank you so much My Friend Deepika for the nomination. She is a a fantastic blogger! Her comments and posts are thoughtful and honest. My favorite thing about her blog is how many topics she can cover. Please visit her site you will love the inspirational and thought inspiring stories.

What the Award is about and why you should do this: 

There are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to create my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award. I decided to call the award “Mystery Blogger Award.” Why? Because the meaning of my name, “Enigma” is “mystery.” So basically, it’s named after me; the creator. Plus, I think it’s cool because there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; and when we get to know them, it’s divine! And we find friends where we least expect.

WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma 

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The Rules are: ( Rules by Okoto Enigma – the creator of this award) : 

What the Award is about and why you should do this: 

You have to post these rules (Do not change any of these rules) in your blog too..I do not force everyone should do this..But by doing this we are helping each other..There are many talented bloggers out here who haven’t got enough exposure..

By re-blogging this post making your own sufficient changes (no changes for the rules) you are helping yourself and others too..If you have any question, feel free to ask..Thank you!!

 

Three things about me:

  1. I chair dance often when I’m designing.
  2. I love to eat peanut butter by itself.
  3. I’m in a band called Chili, Chips & Cheese and we make songs about chili and even have an album on iTunes and Spotify.

Questions asked to me:

  1. What’s your stress-buster?
    Making Art, creating something from nothing. This allows my mind to go quiet and focus on just one thing.
  2. What is the one thing that you like about yourself?
    I like that I can respond to something instead of reacting.
  3. Which movie/book character can you relate to or that matches your personality?
    Ohhh good one! I think Sam Gribly from My Side of the Mountain. I can identify with wanting to get back to the old ways of doing things and living off the land. Plus, we are both falconers!
  4. Are you a morning person?
    I like waking up at the Crack of Noon : ) Honestly, night time I find myself being very active and making art.
  5. If you could redo a mistake, which one would it be? (Weird Question)
    I used to dream about being able to go back in time and fix mistakes. Maybe because I’m older, I don’t think I would change a single mistake. Every mistake I have made I learned from. It’s made me who I am. My mistakes have made me stronger : )

My Questions:

  1. What Inspires you?
  2. Tell me 3 things that you can do that your proud of.
  3. Your on a desert island and you have water and food, What’s the 2 things you have to have?
  4. Where do you get inspiration from?
  5. If Batman and Aquaman fought who would win and Why? (Weird Question)

Link to my best post:

WHEN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS GO WRONG.

As for Nominations, whoever reads this post is nominated!

Stay Random!

Dom

 

 

I’m covered in man glitter ✨ 

Tonight was such a fun night. I had a great dinner with my family then went into my workshop with the idea of finally doing something with a chunk of burl wood brought back from Maine. The burl was pretty small, but had some wild patterns. Because it was small I had time to make another bowl. It’s a rewarding feeling being covered in wood shavings or as I call them man glitter.  ✨

I hope everyone had an awesomely amazing day! 

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The world feels small to me

I love the movie Horton hears a who. The idea of a microcosm living in a subatomic world. It’s made me dream about our earth and solar system existing on something like a ball of lint. 

Maybe that’s why I love macro photography. It allows me to see something in a different way then I’m used to. 

If you have a camera phone get something like an ollo clip and zoom into the unseen worlds of macro. 

Turning a cherry wood bowl

Wow, I have started this post about 4 times. My goal was to say something clever and show my art project for tonight. I think I ran out of clever. Laziness is kicking in pretty hard. Ummmm soft bed is calling…. ok my next post will be clever. So here’s what I did tonight.  

Goodnight and stay Random 👾

When photography sessions go wrong. 

With the holidays approaching at blistering speed, my wife and I decided this year we’re going to send out a family holiday card, instead of the usual nothing we send out. We always want to send cards, sometimes we even buy them but I usually forget to mail them. 

But this year will be different! For the last week we’ve been planning to hike up to an overlook called the King and Queen seat. We even put thought into our outfits, the backgrounds, the “look” and then a few days before the shoot, Mother Nature flips us the bird. What was supposed to be 60 degrees (f) is now going to be 40 degrees and windy. Argh!

We had a plan B! The thought was to wake up and go to an arboretum and set up there. However we slept in and weren’t ready to walk out the door until it was noon. Now we’re all hungry. So instead of driving for an hour, doing the shoot and then getting lunch, we’re eating nasty Burger King and heading to a local park so my son can still attend his soccer awards. 

At this point I know we should just cancel. Too many things have changed and the likelihood of finding a place with a pretty background, no wind, good lighting and and and… will be hard to find. If this adventure was with a paying client, I would of suggested we postpone, but you’re with your family, you’re super dad, you helped an old lady across the street, surely Karma will be smiling down on you. Wrong!  

We get to the spot I think will be nice. Not too much wind. I find a good angle and realized my tripod isn’t in my car but at my office. (face palm)  But wait! I have my small Jobie tripod. Oh wait the part that connects camera to tripod is on top of the washer because you put it in your pocket. (double face palm)

Pissed at myself, I reluctantly look for a stump to place my camera on and press the 10 second delay (my cordless trigger is dead) just to run back and try to look as calmly as can be. As you probably guessed by the lack of pictures from the family, that didn’t go well. In the back of my head I hear a mantra that I’ve lived my entire life by. (PPPPPP). Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

Opportunity can come from failure. So we spend a bit of time just walking through the state park. We didn’t find another location that would allow us to get the shots we were after, but it was nice to spend time with the family. Having the sun on my face, feeling the wind and smelling the water was a good trade off for a photography session gone wrong. 

Maybe karma knew all along that I just needed a recharge. At the end of the day we still got the project completed. We used pictures from this last year of adventuring. So all is well that ends well. Here are some of the pics I snapped from yesterday.

 If you’re on Instagram check out more of my photography and say hi! 

Stay Random

Dom