The Art of Exploration · a diary of day trips, natural places, and miscellaneous adventures

About This Here Blog

Last updated Sunday, October 11th, 2020
About This Here Blog
Hiking in red dirt, somewhere in Arches National Park.

Hi, I’m Laura and this is my blog, The Art of Exploration. The Art of Exploration is a virtual scrapbook, a photo journal, and a trip diary all wrapped into one. It’s where I stash my (occasional) artwork, travel writings, and miscellaneous thoughts about being outside, seeking new sights, and exploring new landscapes.

But The Art of Exploration isn’t just about finding new places to explore. It’s also about revisiting favorite spots and retracing well-worn paths time and again to see familiar places in fresh light.

Taking pictures, somewhere in Zion National Park.

Exploration for me isn’t an endeavor confined to foreign locations—it thrives in the most ordinary of places too. Exploration is about the way you look at a place, the things you notice and the timing of your visit. Nature is always changing our surroundings—weather, seasons, growth, and decline all affect the composition of natural communities and human landscapes alike. And just as places change, we change—our response to our surroundings is rarely the same twice.

Catching my breath, somewhere near the top of Flattop Mountain, Rocky Mountain National Park.

For me, art is a natural extension of exploration. The creation of art offers us a way of capturing those special moments when we encounter something that moves us. Art allows us, in our own unique way, to convey the great value of exploration.

Keeping this blog helps to remind me that every time we step outside, we have the opportunity to explore. All we have to do is open our eyes to something new, something different and allow ourselves to be surprised by how much there is to discover.

Biking to Old School Forest Preserve, somewhere in Illinois.

Assortment

Chapin Mesa
Square Tower House
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Today we went to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, an aircraft museum that hosts a collection of more than two hundred aircraft as well as an impressive assortment of tanks, boats and other military vehicles.
Southwest Coast Path
Southwest Coast Path 1
This morning, the penetrating chill subsides. Warm breezes and soft birdsong take its place. The mildness in the air coaxes us to explore. We walk along the road, down the hill towards Bosigran Farm, and turn onto a footpath that leads to the coast.