By the way…

The new banner for the new design is from this photo (click to enlarge)…


I’m standing just in front of our cabin in the woods. That’s one reason why this new design takes on added significance for me. This place is quickly becoming my favorite in the world, and if you’re a regular reader, you know how much I’ve been around and lived around the world.

In hopes you can share in my delight, here’s a few more photos I shot as raw footage for this project (click on the images for larger versions).


Here’s the oldest tree on the property, a cedar, and guys around who seem to know what they’re talking about tell me it’s probably 150-200 years old.


And here’s one with the cabin in view.


And finally, here was my first cut on the project, which was to take the old cedar, crop it, and stand it on its side.


Oh, and I’d also like to thank Neal Owings of Autodogmatic who emailed me last week and both mercifully and graciously offered his help (you can see from his blog that he knows what he’s doing). I jumped at the offer, of course, but in the course of gathering what he would need, I discovered that a show-stopping limitation with TypePad that I thought existed, didn’t exist at all, which opened up a whole new world. So I put Neal on hold. Then, this morning, he gave me some really valuable insights for settling on the design version you see up at the top. Thanks Neal.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Kyle Bennett on December 18, 2006 at 22:25

    I thought for sure the banner was something from an art site, or something similar – I mean, it looked like a professional commercial photograph. Nice work.

  2. Adam Cilonis on December 19, 2006 at 07:10

    I too thought that it was professionally done (nice work Rick), then my second thought was…this reminds me of a Subaru commercial.

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