February 5, 2015

Up close with Joshua Tree

I know, I know. Another Joshua Tree post? You've got to be kidding!

I'm afraid not, my friends. Mostly because I don't have anything to post today, and while I tried my hand at one of those beauty/fashion posts, they really are not my forte. I like when my blog has photos like these -- things that are aesthetically pleasing to me. Unfortunately, I don't have a hand for product photography (not that I'm all that amazing at photography in general, mind you -- I've much to learn!).

To be fair, I did try to mix it up a bit -- I wanted to give you a different perspective of Joshua Tree. Most of the time, I post a lot of wide shots. Things that are far away, overall landscape images, etc. I don't show you the details, the small things and the small moments that make me love this place so much. 

That tiny, skinny line up top is my dad. And the crouching figure towards the bottom is my sister.

Sounds about right -- my dad likes to go ahead and 'scout' out the path before us. Really, he is (at least I'm convinced he is) a squirrel or a goat at heart. He can climb and whip around dangerous paths like nobody's business. I don't know how he has so little fear, and why I have so much.

I like the adventure, but I always try to tread carefully. I'm constantly afraid of falling...which could be taken as a metaphor for my life. Maybe sometimes you need to let go of those reservations and push forward. You need to feel that adrenaline pumping and the wind whipping around your ears, drowning out all of the other unnecessary noise.

There's a quietness about that, and I crave it.

Is that a case of the twenties? You sort of stumble along, figuring out what it is that you want to accomplish and what it is that you want to stand for? Who you want to be?

Those are the kind of thoughts I have at Joshua Tree. It's a place where I feel free, where I feel grounded, where I feel lifted. It's somehow come to become a symbol of hope and escape. It's become a refuge for me, and a place of rest.

So I hope you don't mind that I share with you everything about Joshua Tree that I can.

But, just because it's a place for thoughtfulness and hiking and being disconnected from electronics (other than my camera, which I will have to leave behind one of these days), it's a great place to nourish yourself. With food. Like budae jjigae, which I posted a makeshift recipe for a few weeks ago.

You haven't lived until you've got a nice, hot pot of something delicious and spicy after you've been hiking in the cold. Being out there somehow makes this dish so much better -- and it's one of my favorites, anyway!

Thanks for letting me get all of those thoughts out. And for letting me share gratuitous shots of my last trip to Joshua Tree. 

While I have you, are there any type of posts you'd like to see on Dear Skim? Anything you like, don't like, etc. Makeup? Fashion (oh gosh, I own basically 5 shirts)? Just want to know if there's anything I should plan for in the coming months!

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  1. I love these kinds of posts with pictures of where you've been... it's what makes your blog totally unique! Plus your photos are always so beautiful, don't be so harsh on yourself!

    If you have anymore Oregon pics, I'd like to see those haha You know I fell in love!


  2. Thank you for the feedback! Haha, I'll have to get out and go exploring a bit more, then. And hahaha I'm sure I have Oregon photos I haven't posted yet! I'll see what I have :)

  3. Beautiful photos :) You've got such a refreshing blog - can't wait to see more from you!

    Jennifer x


  4. Ahhh thank you so much! That means a lot, and is incredibly kind :')

  5. I love your pictures! That's why I come to your blog for. :) Your posts are really unique and don't tell me you don't have a hand for photography because you definitely have. Sure, you might not be a professional but have you seen my first attempts attempts at taking pictures? Yeah, they were terrible. Anyway, I love the bright blue sky in these. :) Makes me want to travel.

  6. Okay I thought I was following your blog on Bloglovin' but I somehow just realized I'm not. Oops! Anyway, your pictures are beautiful. I really need to get into the habit of photographing more, especially since I'm lucky enough to have a nice camera! And don't worry- beauty/fashion posts aren't my forte either. I find it much more fun to write about random things in my life/on my mind. I'd love to see more photo-filled posts! Don't say you don't have a hand for photography- you definitely do ;)

    From the Desk of J

  7. I found your blog & read each post because of your photographs; they're really good, always taken from interesting perspectives and make me want to hop on a plane and go visit these places myself. Please don't change! ha ha. What I mean by that, and I hope this doesn't come across as rude, is don't do fashion post because you think it's something you should be doing - your blog is unique because it doesn't have those kind of posts. I'm not saying that I don't like fashion posts, because I do, but I fell in love with your blog because of the adventures and experiences, the insights into your culture, the tiny peeks into your life and the stunning photography; not because of what you were wearing! It's refreshing that for once, it doesn't matter about that because look at this amazing planet we live on and you're sharing it with those of us that might never get to see it for ourselves. keep doing what you're doing :)

  8. Thanks, Elina! Hahaha, I'm sure they're perfectly fine :) But eeee thank you for your kind words and shouldn't we all be traveling? I've got a serious case of wanderlust as well!

  9. LOL that's okay! I thought I was too...woops. But ah, thank you! Haha the random thoughts are what make all of our blogs interesting, I feel! I don't know how beauty bloggers do it -- so much money, effort, styling. I wear the same stuff all the time, haha.
    Also, what camera do you have? My camera is so old and has some issues :'( Definitely in need of an update!

  10. Thank you! Not rude at all, I really appreciate your feedback and am so so so thankful for your kindness. <3 Thank you for reading and being awesome!!

  11. Seriously though! I would rather spend my money on food LOL. I have a Canon Rebel XSi. It's actually pretty old too- my parents let me use it! I'm still learning how to use it properly on manual mode. I know it can take beautiful photos but I'm still getting the hang of it! What are you using now?

  12. LOL YESSSSSS FOOD!!!! I have a Nikon D60 but it's been super finicky as of late. It still takes lovely shots, but I'd love a new lens or something!


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