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Ashley C Thompson

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Life on the farm is a study of cycles: everything has a season, a rhythm, a life force that ebbs and flows, wanes and waxes, comes and goes - in a phenomenal grand exchange, too grand to go unnoticed. . For 11 years, this sweet but shy big boy had never been on his own. Now his sister is gone, and I wished there was a way to explain she wasn't coming back - but I think his wild side understands. Now, his habits have changed: he's suddenly a bit more like her. . The seasons change, but we all need a friend. RIP Elle ____ #thewomanwanderer #farm #cat #farmlife #country #countrylife #tabby #tabbycat #pet #portrait #closeup #petsofinstagram #cateye #greeneyes #tongue #cycles #seasons #whiskers #picoftheday #photooftheday #Shenandoah #Virginia #RIP #grand #friends at Shenandoah, Virginia

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3/3 on Self-Reliance . Rather, be prepared. Be prepared to help yourself, and - if ever necessary - save yourself, because it may be that no one else can. Be prepared, both literally and metaphysically, which in many ways, is rather easily observed and estimated both inwardly and outwardly. . This is the aura I exude when I travel alone - regardless the country, regardless the environment - it is a confidence largely borne of preparedness. It is a broadcast that I belong here on my own, wherever that here may be. And that signaling envelops me, sometimes as I am acutely aware, isolating me in ways I must also be conscious of balancing. . This is how I prepare myself to know what to do when I don't know want to do. And I try to never hold my breath. . There is no question that being mentally prepared is most important. However, as a bonus, being physically prepared also means - you are not generally hungry or thirsty, you are warm(er) and often dry(er) than your compatriots and much less likely to be sunburnt, covered in insect bites, and have few(er), less catastrophic blisters (or have more bandaids), and maybe you can even set broken bones and otherwise stay calm enough to improve your chances of survival. Definitely no promises on being more clean, but maybe sometimes you're the only one with one more pair of dry socks to sleep in. . Detours, changed-or-cancelled plans, and accidents across the spectrum from minuscule to monumentally catastrophic - are guaranteed, I just hope to have a spare pair of socks and some water in the meantime. ___ #thewomanwanderer #jungle #hilltop #tropical #rainforest #landscape #nature #earth #reflection #write #hike #explore #travel #travelphotography #travelphoto #travelpic #travelgram #naturephotography #photography #livelifeoutside #photooftheday #picoftheday #poemoftheday #Arenal #CostaRica #nomad #wanderlust #selfreliance #cleansocks at San José, Costa Rica

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2/3 on Self-Reliance . There are powerful myths, stories, rituals, and guidelines that inform how I consciously (and unconsciously) behave - to be aware of, to control and deploy where I may, occasionally to suppress and others to simply eliminate - all that must operate cross culturally, and thus adaptively. I often bend but rarely break my own studied framework on how I navigate these unknown human landscapes. This is a persona, intersections of myself at endless crossroads of human interaction predicated on constantly shifting input. I could write a book on this, and I may. . In this persona, people I meet often feel inclined to remark on my safety. I understand this, my independent feminine presence is an anomaly, particularly as I venture outward from traditional spheres of comfort. Yet it is especially foreign women who attempt to commune with me by offering 'intuition' as their parallel framework for safety. I refuse to perpetuate this particular myth. Intuition is not enough. . Intuition is always powerful, but particularly for a solo woman in a foreign environment, it is never enough. If and when your intuition rears, what then? It is sure to be reactive. ___ #thewomanwanderer #jungle #volcano #tropical #rainforest #landscape #nature #earth #intuition #reflection #write #hike #explore #solotravel #travel #travelphotography #travelphoto #travelpic #travelgram #naturephotography #photography #livelifeoutside #photooftheday #picoftheday #Arenal #CostaRica #nomad #wanderlust #selfreliance at Volcán Arenal, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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1/3 on Self-Reliance . I've been traveling the world for nearly 3 decades now, a lifestyle that has naturally evolved into traveling internationally as an unaccompanied woman. People of all backgrounds and agendas often ask how I do what I do, often an overt or veiled inquiry regarding my safety and security, both real and perceived. . It's true that I get a lot of attention, and yes, more so from men than women; but more so because men are my autonomous peers when I am out exploring the world - they have more liberty to meet me, more authority to observe and assess me, more agency to interact with me however they so choose. And in many ways, both innate and learned, I exhibit and establish myself as one who belongs, yet, my foreignness is a pre-requisite. I am an entity considered Other, most often a curiosity without claim. ___ #thewomanwanderer #jungle #waterfall #tropical #rainforest #landscape #nature #earth #reflection #muse #write #hike #explore #solotravel #travel #travelphotography #travelphoto #travelpic #travelgram #naturephotography #photography #livelifeoutside #lifestyle #photooftheday #picoftheday #Arenal #CostaRica #nomad #wanderlust #selfreliance at La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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As an A-named person, I love the letter A. . I love that I'm able to describe myself with As: artist, architect, athlete, activist, adventurer, Aquarius, A+ blood type, and believe me, many more. I also love how AAs in series mirror Ws, a letter with which I also strongly identify: wild, woman, wanderer, wolf. . What's more, the visual allegory of AAAAs as mountain peaks, and WWs as their reflection in a mountain lake - resonates deeply with me. I often find myself day dreaming of this signature wild place that calls to me. . If A is my sun letter, W is my moon letter. My alpha and omega, my light and shadow self, my high and my low - the dialectic, they are one and the same. Peaks cannot be peaks without valleys, and valleys cannot be valleys without peaks. And mirrored surfaces allow us to see ourselves. More metaphor. . Signs and symbols are here to guide us. What do you love about your name? ____ #womanwanderer #whatsinaname #name #semiotics #signs #symbols #meaning #harmony #balance #dialectic #sun #moon #reflection #candid #nude #portrait #portraitoftheday #mountain #farm #hammock #getoutside #explore #naked #wilderness #cheeks #virginia #nomad #wanderlust #wild #befree at Shenandoah, Virginia

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