I've always wanted to do have a winter bouldering photo shoot. Now, thanks to Julie Harman of Juliz Photography, I was able to make this happen. Julie was willing an ready to anything it took to get a great shot, including sitting on a snowy wet boulder. There's just something about bouldering being a three season sport, that when you throw snow and cold into the mix, it makes for a great ambiance. The spot we chose was the Cabage Patch up in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Home of the Dean Problem, Fat Albert, the Double Dyno, and more classic granite problems. None of these shots show anything difficult or crazy, but I like they way they turned out. Especialy the one where my hand is close and there's snow right by it. It was a great time hanging with Julie and Aaron Fox (my co-worker and fellow blogist). Also, we were joined by my family, my lovely future wife Rachel and son Davynn, who added to the laughter and enjoyment. I hope to have Aaron and Julie from Juliz around for more climbing adventures. I respect the camera, and hope to apply myself into a hobby of sorts for myself...as soon as I can afford a nice camera.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
My girlfriend was standing in the closet and I was sitting down in there at eye level with her bulging 4 month pregnant belly. I reached out to kiss the side of her abdomen, and continued kissing all over the home of our fetus. At that moment, it was like I was staring at the most beautiful sunset or natural scene. Like a forest at night, with fog, a full moon, and shooting stars filling the sky. Just the most beautiful thing ever. I connected with the planet, and myself, and my girl, and the baby. We are all part of an amazing transition. The transitition of love and lust into flesh and bone. I felt the energy that the baby was giving out through my eyelids and lips. Similar feelings were had when I began having sex to make babies for the first time a few months ago. The sex that led to this unborn child, whom is due in late April or early May of '09. It is a sense of purpose and understanding. As a biologist I tend to feel that procreation is the meaning of life. Each life, from Zea mays (corn) to Panthera leo (lion) to Homo sapiens (man), is here to make babies and pass on their genetic link to the future and past. We are all derived from couples making babies...hundreds of thousands of millions of these couplings must happen to make a current life form. And so on for our future generations. The reason I am here is to ensure my genetics are passed along. I found the perfect genetic match for me. She is a goddess. I have so much respect for her abilities to create. As her body molds into a motherly shape, my awe increases exponentialy. Her curves are unmatched and worshipped. I await the arrival of our little one with great passion and excitement and I will keep this blog posted on how things are going for my pregnant goddess. We get to find out the sex in a few weeks!!!