1. Left home in San Diego to camp in Flagstaff with brother and nephew at Overland Expo.
2. Camped in Sedona for a night and got some shots.
3. Left Flagstaff to pick up my buddy @d_mannie for a separate adventure.
4. Camped in Monument Valley where the public isn't allowed (with permission). Got some great shots.
5. Spent a couple days in Canyonlands National Park for some shots.
6. Made it to Arches National Park for some shots.
7. Currently making way towards Zion National Park.
Lots of great pictures I'll be sharing once I get home in a week or so! This was taken in Canyonlands National Park. It was so wild to see these nice skies sandwiched between heavy rain fall. The storms came on so strong that you almost couldn't expect it. Then it would clear up....and repeat the cycle. Such a rad experience!
May is Mental Health Awareness month. In a post last year I discussed my own past struggles. Since what I wrote then still stands true today, I will post it below in hopes of helping to diminish the associated stigma with mental illness and mental health:
The truth is I have a bit of a history with depression. I think we all go through our phases whether we like to admit it or not. For some of us the root of the cause can be a major life event or multi-factorial. For some of us the feelings of apathy, fatigue, and the strange mental numbness can last several days or sometimes for months. I am incredibly thankful that depression for me has always been self-manageable, even when it was at its worst several years ago. Two things that have always helped me cope was to spend time with those I love, and doing photography. Whenever the stress of life comes around and everything feels like it's about to burst at the seams, mother nature always has her arms wide open to me. Photography is a way for me to "get away" from it all and to focus on myself and on the beautiful sights of nature before me. Through this medium I've become more open to trying new things and have gained confidence in myself and my work. I have branched out in ways I would have never expected, and I have made tons of new connections and friends. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm really glad photography came into my life and that it has helped me personally deal with my own mental health and continue to develop as a person.