I’ve just finished dinner, my 21st straight meal of Soylent. In all honesty this project was easier than I thought it would be; I guess I didn’t give Soylent enough credit at the beginning. I thought my body would struggle, that I’d feel lethargic because surely having the exact same food every day for every meal for a week is going to be a terrible experience, right? Not really. My only difficulty was craving sugar and the variety of tastes that I’m accustomed to, other than that I’m feeling great. I can’t help but think that powered foods will increase in popularity in the coming years, mostly when the stigma surrounding them slowly fades away and people recognise that they can be beneficial. I’ve had many caring friends and family express their concern towards me in these past seven days about how this whole project wasn’t a good idea, though I guess it’s just a fear of the unknown more than anything else. Over the course of the past week even my own reservations and ill feelings towards Soylent have completely disappeared. I’m not going to rush into a Soylent dominant diet any time soon but I have certainly learned a lot from this project and I’m glad to have finally completed it. I don’t know what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow but I know it’s not going to be Soylent and I can’t wait.
I’ve had a deep interest in space and astronomy for a number of years now, though strangely I’ve never had this cross over into my photography until recently. Astrophotography is going to become a focus for me in the coming months and I’m hoping to share my images with you all as my skill starts to improve. This is a shot from my first attempt; the clouds were’t very cooperative and I arrived a little too late to capture the milky way in all its glory, but it’s a start.
Wellington’s Red Rocks gets its name from the iron oxide found in the rock of the surrounding hills which were formed from volcanic eruptions. This costal area is also home to one of the city’s few Seal colonies which can be found here from May to October. It has been a few years since I visited the area so I decided today would be a good time to go and see if the famous seals were still hanging about, even though the weather wasn’t quite ideal for a long walk. Fortunately the colony is still doing really well and the numbers were considerably higher than I expected; New Zealand fur seals are quite placid if you approach them in a non-threatening manner so it was a great opportunity for me to grab some pictures.
I took this shot in Arthurs Pass National Park last year while exploring southern New Zealand on a solo road trip. I remember hiking down a small track through a valley at dusk which was difficult to see in places because of the quickly receding sunlight and also due to the heavy snowfall from the previous day. The path eventually came to an abrupt end with a sign poking out of the snow which cautioned of the danger ahead, though my curiosity convinced me to continue onward. Eventually I found myself at the bottom of a river cascading down from the surrounding mountains; it’s an odd thing to find yourself somewhere so beautiful and not have anybody to share the moment with. I hope you all like this picture.