Let’s Get Messy

Let's Get Messy

I’ve been considering perfectionism a lot lately. For much of my life I’ve felt torn between a tamed, law abiding version of myself that was trying to be and look the way I believed was expected of me and one that flees for the wild, following…
Aiming To Be An Aspen

Aiming To Be An Aspen

Whenever I learn something new about a tree it totally blows me away. Aspens, the crazy beautiful ones that turn yellow and shed their leaves are my latest interest. Each of these trees looks like it stands alone but are actually a small part…
Reasons To Love That You’re Getting Older

Reasons To Love That You're Getting Older

Nature has the best way of putting things into perspective. On my birthday a short while ago I found myself standing on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, pondering the concept of age. Our modern society seems to have a serious aversion to…
What Happens When The Heart Leads

What Happens When The Heart Leads

"Love is the whole thing and we are the pieces" - Rumi What does this rock look like to you? To me I saw a heart the moment my eyes discovered it. I was sitting alone in the Tankwa Karoo at Afrikaburn next to a massive heart-shaped structure…
When a Bear Finds You in The Snow

When a Bear Finds You in The Snow

“Unplanned contemplation comes softly as falling mist, or the first snows of autumn”- Sigurd Olson I have realised this year having moved to the city from a full-time life in the wilderness is that two of the things I miss most are moments…
The Perfectly Imperfect Lion

The Perfectly Imperfect Lion

"The most effective strategy for successful living is really no strategy at all. It is rather to be real, to be honest, to be authentic, to be you"- Ralph Marston I remember the exact moment I took this photograph. You would think that when…
Pain is Inevitable But Suffering is Optional

Pain is Inevitable But Suffering is Optional

“Metaphor is no mere trope, no simple subject of parody. Metaphor is magisterial, essential. Metaphor is the pliant and universal force, the active dynamism, involved in all the universe. The inherent similarity in dissimilars is that power…
Revealing the Secret Life of an Uber Driver

Revealing the Secret Life of an Uber Driver

This is Christopher. He was my Uber driver in Nashville one morning. In true southern style it didn't take long for us to start chatting and Christopher shared some of his story with me. Before he worked for Uber he was an electrical engineer…
Sometimes We’re Mean Because We’re Actually Really Sweet

Sometimes We're Mean Because We're Actually Really Sweet

I've always had an obsession with aloes. As a student, it did my heart wonders to drive through the Eastern Cape of South Africa to and from Rhodes University in winter and see entire hill sides lit up with flaming Aloe flowers. I was such a…
The Key To Life’s Goodness Is In The Dirt

The Key To Life's Goodness Is In The Dirt

The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are teaming with life. Being summer the creeks are running, birds are prolific but what stood out for me were the forest floors teaming with butterfly congregations. At a few different spots we came across gorgeous…