I discovered some photos from races last year! One was at the Fairgrounds that was a race called Together With Farmers Harvest 5k in which I took 3rd place overall and the other was at the Caveman Crawl in June 2018 at The Geauga Park District West Woods Nature Center.
I'm looking forward to start planning on more races I will run this season. I'm really dying for this weather to break here in Northeast Ohio! The sooner it breaks the better, because I can go once again and do my daily runs at the Geauga Fairgrounds throughout Burton Village. One of my favorite places to run is Punderson State Park. There is a mix between scenic road, trails, a dock that runs on the water for a 1/4 mile. Then makes its way through a forest to a nice sandy beach and back to through more woods alongside the lake's edge. I also enjoy running through the campground roads. I love camping and campgrounds because everyone is always in such a good mood because they are away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I think a big reason I enjoy running there is because I generally don't have to worry too much about traffic and with the atmosphere around me I feel like I'm on a camping vacation everyday!
The last time I raised chickens was 2012. I had a large group of around 25 meat chickens. They were the type that get so big that they couldn't even walk that much towards the end before butchering them. This spring I am building a Stress-Free Chicken Tractor from plans that I ordered from Farm Marketing Solutions which has some great YouTube videos regarding how they look once built. The plans can be found on Amazon and run around $13 with free shipping. With the Stress Free chicken tractor I'm going to raise broiler chickens and allow them to be put to pasture and moved around so the grass won't die out all in one spot. I'm also going to begin remodeling the old chicken house and getting up fence for it to have layer chickens for fresh eggs each day! There is nothing better than eggs when on a Keto Diet!
I've been updating my new Etsy site and have some listings that are active for artwork to be created for great gifts and anyone who loves nature and wants to appreciate the outside world right inside their home! I'm currently working on other commissioned artwork so hurry and order yours today!
Spring is right around the corner. I can't wait to be walking through the forest and taking in all that is beginning once again. That's the beauty within Spring in nature is the great awakening the occurs each season. So much life frozen and dormant for so long and suddenly with warmth and sun the process once again continues. I always get excited in the early days before Spring when I see the skunk cabbage starting to sprout through the snow. I actually just saw some on my hike a couple days ago. It's going to be nice to have warm weather to run in again as well. Today I went running at a local fairgrounds that is close to me. I was dressed prepared for the weather but while running on the outside field road I just didn't quite feel like running 4 miles today so I cut it short to 1.5 miles. When it comes to running I am definitely an April through September runner when I'm not fishing of course! The sun was out today briefly on my run and it felt incredible. Think Spring!
It's always nice to have my days off from work on Monday and Tuesday. When most people are returning to work, I'm doing something I enjoy, especially in the summer months driving to a local lake to go fishing! This time of the year I'm usually found looking for shed antlers and doing some wildlife photography while I'm out in the woods looking for them. Today I spent a few hours hiking looking for them. I ended up finding Turkey Tail mushroom which has a ton of medicinal properties that I have been reading about. I'm going to go back tomorrow and harvest some of it and either make a tincture from it or a tea. I also thought I had discovered some type of new mushroom/fungi that was bright yellow, but from some research I believe it to only be tannin icicles. I admired the beauty in the creek water flowing along the way. What was funny was after I finished looking for the sheds I ended up seeing a lot of deer driving home in the fields and two actually were still holding their antlers! I guess not all the deer have dropped their antlers yet so there is still hope in finding some.
Recorded June 29th 2018 - Artdoorsman performing an original instrumental "Mountain Heart Melting" on 12 string acoustic guitar.
In June 2013 I remember first discovering scanography and knew that it was something I would like to try. I haven't done anything with it since I first had learned about it and attempted it with the flowers seen in the image below. Preserving flowers is always something that people have tried throughout time. We see their beauty and want to hold on to that forever. Often in life we forget that all flowers will fade with time. Beauty will fade and only the memory will remain. The true beauty that we can see in everything is within and that is the greatest treasure of all in this life. Find time to go on a walk outside and see the true beauty within nature. Now is a perfect time to discover unique bracket mushrooms growing on dead logs. The thickets near swamps have limbs with bright red beauty on their bark. Beauty can be found in each season if we look with an open heart.