The Boot Cleaning Ceremony

The Boot Cleaning Ceremony (Podcast 586)

On July 8 this year, almost three weeks after returning from Namibia, I cleaned my boots. So what? I can almost hear you saying, but to me, this is always a relatively deep, thought provoking, experience, which I'd like to explain today. When I started hiking in the early nineties,...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
8 Comments
  • Lynne Bergbreiter
    Posted at 01:16h, 23 August Reply

    This post made me smile and look back at all my wonderful travels.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:29h, 23 August Reply

      That’s great Lynne. Thanks for letting me know!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Eric Bier
    Posted at 09:08h, 25 August Reply

    I just ordered a boot brush! As a drought-stricken Californian, I will be careful with my water usage.

    Thank you.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:11h, 25 August Reply

      Hee hee, cool stuff Eric.

      I heard that you are having a hard time in California in recent years. You may need to keep your bucket of water to cook with at some point. (just kidding)

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  • Gladys
    Posted at 18:09h, 26 August Reply

    Thanks for another inspiring podcast Martin!
    Greetings from Amsterdam,
    Gladys

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:05h, 27 August Reply

      You’re very welcome Gladys! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope all is well!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Keith Walker
    Posted at 05:29h, 27 August Reply

    It is often said that many photographers see and reflect upon the world in a manner which differs from other people. Your insightful comments strongly suggest that this is true

    Thanks for the podcast. It has brightened up a rather ironically damp Scottish evening!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:08h, 27 August Reply

      Hi Keith,

      I guess this is one reason why I love photography so much. It makes us much more observant and mindful.

      We’ve had a lot of rain here in Tokyo over the last month, resulting in the wettest August for over 40 years, but it’s back to hot and humid now, so a rainy Scottish evening sounds very appealing.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment Keith.

      Regards,
      Martin.

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