Friday Favorites is a weekly round up of my favorite stories and products from around the web. See what I’ve loved in the past here.
- The principles of Leave No Trace were taught at length while I was at Philmont, and I try to practice them whenever I’m out in the glorious outdoors. But thanks to changes in modern technology, the principles are in need of a bit of an upgrade. Outdoor Magazine suggests three additions, including Don’t Geotag Your Photos.
- Equestrian Laura Kraut talks about how finding your Why can lead to success in the saddle.
- I fell in love with train travel during my 6-week tour of Europe, and I’ve been itching to do it again. I would love to ride the rails to see my own country someday.
- As the summer heat really starts to kick in, remember these important hot weather horse care tips.
- Not only does Nathan Dappan’s gorgeous film make me want to drop everything and canoe the Inner Passage, it’s also a tender look at the power of families.
- I saw some incredible things made out of chocolate when Leslie and I stepped into a chocolate shop in Paris to escape the rain, but these chocolate sculptures by Pastry Chef Amaury Guichon are even more impressive.
- The winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest have been announced. “Challenging Journey” is my favorite winning photo.
- Play along with Doodlewash’s World Watercolor Month by trying your hand at one of their 31 painting prompts designed to raise awareness for art education. You can also enter to win some fabulous watercolor supplies from Artist’s Network.
- Check out these free resources available from art institutions around the world.
- This 11-year-old Nigerian artist is more talented than I’ll ever be.
- I’ve had many opportunities to work with ranchers all over the country, and I found myself nodding along to much of this interview with an author who lived and worked with one ranching family in southern Utah.
- Some people like to hire photographers to document the birth of their kid. Some scientists like to be photographers who document the birth of a planet. Same diff.
- Scientists are learning a lot about equine evolution from one of only five Zonkeys in the world. Surprisingly, that list doesn’t include the Zonkey I saw at Babby Farms in Caldwell, ID.
- We all know that some bees make honey. But did you know that some bees also make nests out of flower petals?
- I really loved this article about how we can live in God’s presence even before we die.
- If you’re still on the fence about why children at the Mexican border should be reunited with their parents, maybe this piece by Carmen Rasmusen Herbert will provide some perspective.
- Just in time for Pioneer Day (a holiday completely unique to the Intermountain West), here’s a fun list of 10 little-known facts about the Pioneer trek across the country.
- This treatise on Jesus’ teaching of Mary and Martha looks at Martha with much more tenderness than she often gets.
- The LDS church has issued a series of powerful videos as part of their efforts to prevent suicide.
- A friend introduced me to this beautiful song by Francesca Battistelli, and I absolutely love it!
- Biogasd digesters are a fabulous bit of technology that turns waste into energy and fertilizer. It’s a truly sustainable source of energy, so I loved this primer on backyard digesters.
- Cheap food is nice, but it comes with a cost—usually one paid for by small, local farmers.
- Modern Farmer has seven reasons why seed diversity matters.
- Many people agree that we need to find and use sources of green energy, but there’s a lot of debate over which green energy source is best.
- Voting has started on the “Film Your Faith” Video Contest. You can watch the videos and submit your votes here.