Have I done everything that I wanted to in 2015? The answer is a bit of a no, but who manages to do everything they want to do.

Here is what I did do:

  • Hiked the Border Route Trail! This was one of my main goals for the year and it was a bit of a trial for me. I came back a different person.
  • Swam in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Floated down the current river in Van Buren, MO.
  • Went to my first Hot Spring in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Overall it was a good year, but I’m going to try and make the most out of next year. With my new perspectives gained from my trek across the Boundary Waters I think I can make next year even better!

Pixoto.com: Dueling Photographs

205145_115505588529709_115504305196504_139895_7408584_nI’ve just learned about Pixoto.com, and it’s addictive nature. You upload your photos and then assign them to category. Then it will be judged by a random jury. You are the jury, in the “vote” portion of the site you are given two images and a category heading you then you click on which image you think is better. Through their algorithm images are rated and awards are given for each day, month and year.

Find me at: http://www.pixoto.com/brandondengel

“Pixoto is an online community where photographers compete to have the best images in their category.

Submitted images are matched against each other in the ImageDuel system and voted on by other community members. The winners advance on the Image Leaderboards and vie for the coveted top spot. By surfacing the best images to the top of the Leaderboard, Pixoto hopes to be the place to find the highest-quality photographs in any given subject.

Pixoto also has a directory of Players that is sorted by image score. For example you can find a list of the top Wedding photographers on Pixoto and then view their profile pages. Profile pages are customizable and include top-scoring images, bios and contact information.Pixoto offers cash prizes every week to the best image in each category and periodically will run larger contests related to specific content areas.”

Young Ranger

Random Ranger

I just got done reading Ranger Confidential and this image stuck out in my mind through-out the entire book. The book is about a female ranger and her experiences, as well as her friends and colleagues, with the National Parks Service. The young ranger pictured is how imagine the protagonist to be before a rough life as a Park Ranger turns them into a completely different person.


Allergy Testing.

Went in for some wonderful allergy testing today, All in all I got scratched, and poked twenty two times. Twenty were for allergy testing and twice to draw blood, feeling a little like a pin cushion right now.


So this website will be deviating slightly, it’ll still be about me and my artwork but heading towards more personal stuff. This won’t be a place I will share my polished work, it’ll be where I share my work in progress, and my utter failures as an artist and person. There has never been a guide to life, so watch me as I struggle to write my own.

Struggling to change,