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You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adam

As some of you may know, I recently got into photography as an attempt to broaden my skill set for archaeological field work. It’s become a pretty fun hobby! I decided to share snapshots from some of my adventures abroad HERE, on the photography section of my new website!

– Daniel


Indeed, to paraphrase John Burroughs, I’m getting to the point where I desperately need to escape to nature. Perhaps it’s the fact that I will not be returning to Jordan, but I feel the need to get away from life in Toronto. Being away from the hustle and bustle of downtown life seems to mentally and physically heal me. Returning to nature is a humbling lesson in patience and persistence. The smell of a forest, the taste of dew in the air, and the refreshing breezes of a fine day…they aren’t luxuries. They’re necessities.

Nature is calling me…

– Daniel

There is pleasure in the pathless woods; There is rapture on the lonely shore; There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more.”  – Lord Byron


Today I learned that pain is temporary. It’s something that can be weathered, and if you are capable of this, nothing can stop you. Determination to push yourself beyond your limits will get you to that one thing you set your mind on.
Crossing #21 “learn krav maga” off my list is something I feel was premptive. I knew the techniques. I’ve improved my physical andental fitness. But I never put any of that to the test – laying it on the line. Well today I am proud to say that I successfully passed my level one test at Krav Maga Toronto! The approximately three hour test was one of the toughest physical and mental challenges I’ve ever endured. But I didn’t do it alone. With the help of my training partners and friends,  we were able to challenge and support each other through the test. Everyone needs people in their lives who challenge them. I’m lucky enough to have a whole group.

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Nothing can stop you if you don’t let it. There is always a way. We’ve walked on the moon, climbed pur planet’s highest peaks, and cured seemingly incurable diseases. Anything and everything is possible. You just need to try.

– Daniel


All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

– T. E. Lawrence

Act on your dreams with open eyes. Make them possible.

*Today I participated in a pigmentation study a fellow anthropologist was conducting and received this high resolution picture of my right eye. I ran it through instagram and got this pretty cool effect!


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” –  Helen Keller

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This photo was taken in Wadi Rum, Jordan during a camping trip last summer. A similar photo sits in the shop of  Yussef Sawalha, a very dear friend of mine in Madaba, Jordan. Although this photo evokes fond memories from my camping trip, it brings about even stronger memories of my friendship with Yussef . Do you have photos that have a deep connection with your heart?

– Daniel


I actually completed this one back in early December, but I wasn’t able to get any photos until now. I got certified in Wilderness and Remote First Aid through a 3-day course with the Red Cross. I’m going to be taking another bushcraft course in March…CAN’T WAIT!

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Relaxing in a “hypo-wrap”. We learned how to treat hypothermia victims in situations when emergency response teams aren’t available.

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Phil from “School in the Woods” teaching me how to make fire with a bow drill! I was only able to make smoke, but I’ll keep practicing!

– Daniel

*Photo credits to Mike (a fellow archaeologist who works in the Arctic!)


“Treefall” from Jason Reeve’s The Nervous Mind of Love. Fantastic music. Beautiful day. Wonderful company!

– Daniel


Things have been going very well for me! I think I’ve definitely changed as a person since starting this happiness project 8 months ago. And I don’t consider this change negative in any way.  On numerous occasions, people have commented on how much happier I’ve become. It’s a fantastic feeling (who says validation isn’t awesome?). However, I’ve unfortunately and sadly fallen out of a few friendships in my self-reflective quest for happiness, but I think that’s just a part of life.  Pictures fade. We grow up, change, and drift away from those who we shared good times with. Indeed, I think what I’ve done the most of during this incredible project has been growing. Happiness has become a byproduct of self-reflection and personal growth. And I love this feeling!

I don’t want to incessantly post. That’s unnecessary because this blog isn’t about how many people read it. It isn’t about money. It isn’t really even about being seen. It’s simply a creative way for me to express myself and document my life. Follow me on twitter or instagram! I love to share my stories and adventures.

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– Daniel


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I totally forgot to post this when it actually happened. I’ve always wanted a carnivorous plant and jumped on the opportunity to get one! Krista, one of my room mates, named her Mabel.

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– Daniel