Field Notes XXIX: Backpacking and photographing the return home from Sam Knob through Graveyard Fields in the Shining Rock Wilderness, NC.
That video took me to church!! What crisp, clean imaging your camera gives. It's beautiful.
I have so much of respect for the work you're putting into this. A lot of people probably don't realize that as a solo hiker, you have to set up your camera and walk back just to walk forward and appear in your own videos. That takes time and effort!
Have you ever watched those YouTube channels that have looooong videos of just nature and music? I think they make good money from ads because people (myself included) often put on calming videos just as background ambience throughout my day. I even play soothing YouTube channels for my dog when I'm out lol.
Loved the last picture, the light is truly gorgeous
As usual, I love the shots you captured and I'm sorry to hear your lens got fogged out. It's very early and I'm heading out to work for the day but I have your video to look forward to when I get home. Didn't have enough time this morning to watch it.
Spectacular photography in your video. Thanks for sharing your journey. Also loved the music - would you be kind enough to identify the source? 😊
I too, agree, mountains are cathartic. I live near some giant ones (PNW) and have backpacked through parts of them, which is what part of my first Substack entries will be about once I start writing. I have never been to that part of the US. I always forget there are wild places worth going to outside of the west coast of N America, honestly, ha ha, it spoils you. Also found touching the soil with my feet through exhaustion is an excellent way to confront and understand pain. Jung had some
Great insights about the psyche, but I personally believe the extension (and which greatly preceded him by thousands of years), is more Zen rather than Stoicism—I agree with a lot of Stoic philosophy and there are many correspondences, but the essence of zen is confronting those masks you speak of until you realize there’s no independently existing self, just layers we’ve constructed, and interrelations. The forest is good at revealing those delusions!