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Weekend Hike: Wild Baby Rabbits, Bugs, and Mysterious Mushrooms

I took a VERY humid day hike on the third weekend of June and there was a lot of cool stuff in the forest this day.

I was walking through some brush where there’s usually rabbits dashing out, and I noticed a little tiny rabbit face. I could tell it was a baby and couldn’t really run away. I decided to ease up to him and pet him a bit before picking him up. Can you spot the little hopper?

When I was done with my rabbit photoshoot, I put him back in his nest and let him relax. Godspeed to you little buddy!

Next I found a few more colonies of Chanterelle mushrooms. Delicious! Here’s my yield for the day from about 5 separate Chanterelle colonies:

Next, I found some scary looking mushrooms. I took photos so I could post them to mushroom ID forums.

Then I found another colony of choice edibles, this time Meadow Mushrooms.

Then I got bored and kicked a tree and some bugs fell out. I think they were stick insects. Lost the photo tho.

Also here’s a some banana spiders I ran into. I think these are photos from the same day…

orb weaver spider

 

ULL Ragin Cajun Formula SAE Racecar


I’m riding my bike when I see two guys working on an awesome-looking Formula something looking racecar. I stopped to chat with them and learned they’re engineers Brady Fontenot and Andrew Dixon with ULL’s Formula SAE racing.

And as it turns out, it was my lucky day. They took it out to Cajun Field to test the fuel injection and suspension (let’s be honest, they just wanted to drive the thing). I was able to take a bunch of photos while we were out there and had the chance to chat with Andrew and Brady for a while. Really cool guys with an awesome racecar.

Formula SAE

SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers. It’s a Formula racing league for college level engineers and driver. The max cc is 710cc but 600cc engines are most common.

UL Lafayette’s Formula SAE Racecar

I’m no engineer, so I’m only going off what I was told! But it’s really interesting!

The ULL car was built from the engine of a CBR 600cc motorcycle. The motorcycle clutch and shifter have been brought together in the cockpit, and is handled somewhat like other Formula style shifters. You can see the motorcycle chain at the back of the car too.

Abandoned Catholic School in Lafayette, Louisiana

We went over to the abandoned Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana to take some photos. The first place we checked out was the abandoned gym.

After stepping over some rubbish, the interior of the gym was still pretty open. The windows were still open and so we had a good view of the entire place. The basketball court had begun to buckle in the heat, and most of the wooden interior was rotten. The bleachers were old and creaky but we could still walk on them.

The equipment rooms were completely packed with old junk, so we left it alone and stuck to the gym which was interesting enough.

Next we walked around the campus where we found mostly boarded up hallways and classrooms. But some of the rooms were not locked off, so we were able to see what time can really do to a place. We found a few classrooms, a greenroom, and some other cool stuff.

There was no way to explore the interior of the school. All doors were either boarded shut or naturally overgrown. Many of the windows were blown out but even if we crawled through them, the bottom floor was a heaping pile of rubbish from each floor having collapsed almost completely. But that was no obstacle. The back wall of the school was completely overgrown with vines and was a sight in itself.

Everything will look like this someday. Beautiful.

Exploring a Giant Abandoned Factory in Eunice, Louisiana

The thing about exploring abandoned property is that you have to be courageous and stupid enough to actually do it. So this is the story about the day when I convinced my most courageous friends to go along with me to an abandoned factory in Eunice, Louisiana.

I was told about this spooky old abandoned factory/office in Eunice, Louisiana, a short drive from where I live. I was hyped by tales of giant old buildings and dangerously dark corridors. It worked.

A few days later it was the weekend and I was on my way to Eunice with a couple of friends and our cameras.

It wasn’t long before we found ourselves in front of a spooky old building with a forest growing out of it and 30+ years of no health code inspections. So naturally we dove head first inside of the totally safe building.

The inside was much like a cave. Dark and wet. Unless you’re near an entrance, the interior was pitch black. We used flashlights to see where we were going. And much like a cave, there were constant sounds of distant streams of water everywhere — the walls, the ceiling, everywhere. It was extremely eerie.

One of my favorite places inside was near the outdoor break area. Mother nature had begun to reclaim the courtyard and found her way indoors as well.

It wasn’t long before the pitch-black horror vibe of the building’s interior encouraged us to leave. We left to check out the junk yard next door.

The junkyard wasn’t as thrilling as a cave building but it still had some interesting views. We didn’t stay too long. Broken car here. Broken car there.

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My fan-made music videos

Beginning to Feel – by Warm

The opening song on the album COLONIZE by WARM: “Beginning to Feel” I highly recommend giving the album a listen, especially if you’re into Boards of Canada or Trent Reznor’s soundtracks.

Please support Warm at: http://www.warmtunes.bandcamp.com/

I used video from the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Hiatus – by Warm

The song “Hiatus” by Warm from the album Colonize. This song made me nostalgic for childhood, so I found a video with the feel and color scheme to match that mood. This artist is a really under-appreciated gem.

A Gone Girl – Warm

A Gone Girl by Warm, from the album Colonize. Inspired by the Gone Girl soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Counting The Seconds – Warm

“Counting The Seconds” by Warm, from the album Colonize.

White Cyclosa – by Boards of Canada (CIALYN cover and fan made music video)

Cialyn’s fantastic cover of White Cyclosa by Boards of Canada. I listened to this cover on repeat for a few days, and then attempted a video of what it made me feel and see. Footage is from an old educational documentary from the 70s.

Buy Boards of Canada discography here: http://boardsofcanada.com

Listen to and buy Cailyn’s discography here: https://cialyn.bandcamp.com/album/a-night-of-a-short-wave-listener

The Downward Spiral – by Nine Inch Nails

Footage is taken from Jan Svankmajer’s movie Alice (1988) and a few of his other works. I’d highly recommend Alice if you’re into the macabre! Music is The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails.

Back in Secret Garden – by CIALYN

My fan made music video for “Back in the Secret Garden” from Cialyn’s album A Night of a Short Wave Listener. I created this video using various 8mm footage I found across the net. Listen and buy here: https://cialyn.bandcamp.com/album/a-night-of-a-short-wave-listener

35 Ghosts IV – by Nine Inch Nails

Here’s a music video I made to NIN’s 35 Ghosts many moons ago. I used various videos of microscopic organisms. I do not own this song. Thanks to Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails for the awesome song.

 

 

Euphoric World

I woke up this Saturday to find the weather is phenomenal. It’s overcast with a pleasantly cool breeze. The sunshine in the window is literally calling me outside. It’s a great day for a bike ride! I’ll be meeting some great company for lunch, and I’m really feeling this new album I bought. And I mean really feeling it. There’s a whole new world on the inside of my head going on.

Today is going to be awesome! There’s so much to do and so little time, but it doesn’t matter! It’s time to start doing things!

I’m a kite, and today is really, really windy.

I’ll be riding my bike and chasing endorphins — the happy chemical! I’ll have enjoyable company, healthy food, great happy music, and no responsibilities to make me worry. Operation live life is a go! It’s not something you plan like a camping trip, but more like an opportunity such as flying a kite on a windy day. I’m a kite, and today is really, really windy.

I grab a mouthful of peanuts and swallow them down. Taking my morning vitamins, and then I smile at a few of my plants because I can feel them thinking about me. They don’t have lips, but I know they’re smiling at me.

And then I’m off to do things — it doesn’t matter what, I’m just going! I can bike all day without slowing down because I’m absorbing energy from my surroundings and that energy is infinite.

I’m in the moment and soak in everything around me — and everything is so enjoyable and euphoric! The cool breeze on my bike ride. It’s amazing to see the friends I met up with! I’m just so happy to see them and their energy multiplies my mood a thousand fold.

Music is like explosions of light.

The world around me is different. I see it in a new light. Like I’ve put on special glasses that allow me to see behind the curtain, the spirit realm holding everything together. Every little is so much more exciting! My soul is melding with the souls of my friends, strangers, plants, and animals. I’m connected to all of them. Music is like explosions of light. I can look at a painting and be transported inside of it and see a piece of the artist’s soul.

My Emotional Compass

I’m just overwhelmingly happy and love my friends. I want everyone to be this happy.

Things that would normally annoy or enrage me are just nonexistent. Road rage? Gone. Headphones are twisted? That’s a calm 3 minutes of untangling them with a smile on my face. I finally understand bird watching. Anxiety melts away completely. I can almost feel the empty space it leaves behind. There’s only one thing I want in the world right now — and it’s for everyone to experience this bliss I’m feeling. I want everyone to be happy.

A friend is depressed about something and wants to talk to me? No problem. It doesn’t get me down. I just try to transfer some of my happiness to her.

I’m cooking dinner and I catch myself smiling, even a little giggly. I stop and just enjoy the euphoria I’m experiencing. I’m not dopy or impaired. I’m just… happy as a kite.

I also get what I can only describe as super-empathy. I can feel what people are feeling, and I better understand their motives and reasons for their actions. I feel very close to everyone; my sympathy and interconnectedness is through the roof. People, animals, plants, we’re all connected.

Mudita

sympathetic or unselfish joy, or joy in the good fortune of others

Introspection

It isn’t all good though. My mind moving so fast with all of this energy, if I stop for a moment I start to get introspective and it can be very anxiety inducing. The energy has to go somewhere, and I always try to steer it towards the positive. I normally don’t have much trouble with that, but when things to bad, I start to see all of the crap we ignore on a daily basis. Much like the spiritual realm I seem to see when I have this energy, I also have the potential to go in the other direction, where I’m a cold, calculating machine, seeing nothing but a nihilistic universe with a bunch of conscious, dying people on their way to oblivion — and with my level of energy this thought is inescapable once I’ve fallen into it. In times like these I try to remind myself of my meaning in life.

I watched a Ted Talk one time where a man is saying you can find your life purpose in 5 minutes. He just says to think about what you do for people, and how it helps them. Well I’ve always thought of myself as kind of a healer. I think it’s run in my family since my grandmother has always put the idea in my head. I try to be kind for kindness sake. Does that make me a shaman at heart?


Today is March 20. The beginning of spring and my favorite day. I always feel a burst of energy in spring and an unbelievable euphoria and spiritual awakening.



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