Thursday, July 18, 2019
By ISOsplash

“Dozing off on a Rain Day”

Muzzle on the rug or a cool tile floor
Ate my breakfast and went outside 
Then moseyed back through the door
Lightning or thunder I don’t really mind
Daddy taught me to be chill, 
to stretch out and unwind
So I found a comfy place 
To rest my yawning face
And listen to the rain drops
Not knowing when this all stops
Because I’m dreaming 

© Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved.
ISO Splash. Words. Images. Storytelling.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
By ISOsplash

“Do Good Drawer(s)”

My affinity for positive-impact apparel on any given day can sometimes determine the way I want to live with more purpose compared to a plain colored polo or pullover depending on the weather of course. And although one could argue that we are only human beings subject to the stress of things, reminders to the causes we identify with and believe in often brings that sense of bounce-back to be kind to ourselves, to others, and especially to the world we live in. What might your “do good drawer(s)” look like?!- probably a lot more fashionable than my own… then again… I have yet to fill the entire dresser :)

© Ramon Nayar. All Rights Reserved
ISO Splash. Words. Images. Storytelling.

Sunday, July 14, 2019
By ISOsplash

“Goofy Smile Renditions”

This July morning’s moment in time could very well be misconstrued to be one experiencing a severely stubbed toe or in the middle of a head banging rock out. And on that contrary, the coach says “smile!”, so the third grader in me decides to not take the impending monofin swim so seriously. It’s easy, perhaps, to overlook or take for granted the daily happenings until they disappear- hopefully not longer than one needs to appreciate the opportunities to be active or even out and about. Having the chronic pain subside enough to the point of setting training goals sure feels like a blessing! 

Being on the tail end of my journey with cancer may still come with an occasional off day- that unruly reminder all of us fighters might occasionally have with how once upon a time, we may have felt unmade, either emotionally or physically or both, because of whatever treatment regimen we endure(d). But hopefully, the recollection of those trying times is dissolved with patience, positive outlooks, cautious optimism, and anything else that amounts to moving forward. And so, 1.5 miles later, my core Is officially the good kind of sore, and I look forward to more breakthroughs because I absolutely choose hope, peace, and love (and chlorine).

Photo Credit: Coach Sue

Friday, July 12, 2019
By ISOsplash

“The O.G. of Drones”

I remember the first time I took the Phantom 1 drone to the skies back in 2013- so old school with the RF antenna video feed hack from a GoPro 2 (bleeding edge at the time)- trying not to get motion sickness from my yo-yo maneuvers. But I learned crash free (for a little while) and was amazed to see my own vicinity from up above if from just a few hundred foot hover. And below my view...deer, large shell turtles, hawks, ducks, geese, turkeys, owls, bats, hummingbirds, coyotes... my backyard has so much wildlife bliss that it’s easy to miss an occasional observation that makes good conversation to those who are curious about the world around us in any capacity. How strange to arrange these reflections in the midst of a particular dragonfly staring at me (possibly laughing) seeming to whisper, “been there, done that. Welcome to the next level of biodiversity woke-ness, bruh. And thank you for not spraying insect killer because we eat mosquitos.” Well, at least that’s what I daydreamed this dragonfly may have mentioned to me anyway…

(captured w/ camera phone because any other setup sounds exhausting lol)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
By ISOsplash

“Conservation Considerations via Canoe Tour”

What a great way to enjoy a beautiful day with The Conservation Foundation via canoe tour down one of the most high quality sections of the Fox River! We got to breath in the fresh air and share this experience with those that can truly appreciate our protected lands. Navigating this 7.5 mile journey between sandstone bluffs and transplanted life all the way from Canada and Minnesota was quite magnificent to see... not to mention nesting eagles! We had a brief beachhead stop to provide room to stretch the legs and listen to the flowing creek tranquility among both damselflies and dragonflies, the former more unfamiliar than the latter, wings propped up instead of out and apparently prone to the fashion scene with its exquisite midnight blue hues. Doing our part to collect an occasional parcel of trash felt good to properly purge the otherwise non-biodegradable blemishes to these preserves. Perhaps it is in our true nature to embrace our open lands and understand that word-of-mouth-outreach can help each one of us to get off that couch :)

More info on the Lower Fox River Conservation Plan here: