As 2016 comes to a close and I begin looking ahead to next semester (studying climate change abroad) and summer (panic!!), I've been reevaluating my interests. No huge revelations to share here, but one thing that has stuck out to me is how much I've loved being able to be active and outdoors the past two summers. A huge part of JAX for me was sunset hiking in Acadia, eating blueberries from the side of the road while biking to work, and swimming at beaches and in ponds on weekends. And so many memorable moments of this past summer in Bots involved hiking, game drives, and exploring different natural worlds than I had ever encountered before. (And many, many years ago, one of my favorite summers of all time was when I worked with sustainable agriculture and social justice for The Food Project, and came home dirty and sweaty—but so incredibly content—at the end of each day.)
And so, while looking ahead, I decided to also take a look back and reflect on the natural landscapes I've interacted with in 2016...
And there you have a taste of the Lands from this year's adventures! 2016 has truly been the year of eye-opening travel; and while I'm nervous about leaving the comfort of my school routine next semester, this also helps me remember how much I care about seeing the world, if the opportunity arises. I've also been experimenting with different ways to group my photographs (e.g. thematically, by formal elements, chronologically, by location), which is tough to do when they're already separated into folders on my hard drive; so I'm hoping to come up with a few more of these visual narrative-type posts to explore new ways of visualizing my experiences this year.
Thanks for reading. :)