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Monday, January 16, 2012

Planking

Planking @ El Cajon Mountain Summit, El Capitan Open Space Reserve, Lakeside, San Diego County
I never knew about planking before, since I do not really join photography groups. If ever I follow professional nature and landscape photographers, it is because I want to enjoy places and wonders of nature that I have never been, or have been but failed to see. It allows me to learn more about the places, so that I can make a very strategic trip planning where we make the most of our money and time to see and do many things. Paying trip planners for an adventure vacation can be very expensive, thus I always see to it that we do not spend as much as most people but we see and do more by doing the adventure planning myself.

My first encounter of planking picture was with a fellow outdoor loving friend during her Alaska adventure vacation. I had fun and enjoyed entirely looking at her two planking pictures. I thought that planking meant to rest flat on the ground. I did not however take the effort to find out what planking constitutes. After that planking picture encounter about 6 months ago, I have forgotten about it since I have not seen anyone posted the same picture as hers.
 Boogie Boarding Closer to The Sky @ Potato Chip Rock, near the summit of Mt. Woodson, San Diego County
Then, a few weeks back, planking has been brought to me again by the same friend in reference to the Potato Chip Rock  picture above. My purpose of lying down flat, face down is to make Potato Chip Rock my boogie board in the sky. As a boogie boarder, I was supposed to go really to the tip, hug the tip with one of my hand, the other hand, holding one of the sides of the chip rock and my head in the air looking straight to the horizon or to the scenery below me.  Because I was too scared to do my boogie boarding pause right, I did it in the middle of the chip rock. Perhaps, I looked too stiff and scared, plus I was not at the tip of the chip rock that I looked more like planking. For the second time, I assumed that planking lies flat on any surface like what I was doing at Potato Chip Rock. I thought it was fun, so I did it again. What I loved doing whenever we are resting after a long hike and having fun outdoors is jumping, and in the next two shots below, I combined the thought of jumping and planking. I told hubby to take me a picture of boulder hopping, then, after hopping, I will pretend that I am so tired, ran out of gas, and will rest on one of the boulders "planking" style. 
 Boulder Hopping @ Palm Slot Canyon, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County
 Resting "Planking" Style
I had a blast doing what I thought was planking. When I saw the sky turning purple at sunset in one of our nature wanderings here in San Diego, I asked hubby again to take me a planking picture ( well, the planking that I pictured in my mind). In so short a time, I was able to get a lot of "planking" pictures. 
 @ Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego
Then it came to me I had been "planking" after Potato Chip Rock but never had verified what planking means. I finally checked what planking means, and I found out it is a lying down game, mimicking a wooden plank, where participants lie face down in an unusual location with both hands touching the sides of the body and the picture posted in the internet. Now, I am not a participant in planking game, but just had to correct all my previous photos. The picture below is my first approach to do the correct planking, where my hands touch both sides of my body. The very first picture in this post at El Cajon Mountain Summit was my second try to do corrected planking.
My First Corrected Planking at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego
Life is beautiful, seize each moment. Find fun in the simplest things, talk sweetly to the innermost of your heart, find self peace, contentment and happiness that no one would be able to steal. Try to do a little bit different, it adds up spice and simple happiness. As for my boogie boarding in the sky picture, I will have to go back to Potato Chip Rock, take the courage to go to the tip and pause really like a boogie boarder. But should I get scared again to do it, well, I can always do planking again. :)  Yes, planking, anyone?

16 comments:

  1. You are going to set a new trend: planking,instead of "fluttering street".

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  2. Ahah ! I thought it was just a new posing you were doing and I thought it was so fun to do. So there is a term for that, planking !

    Thanks for sharing this information with us and oh how I love these photos !

    Chay

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    1. thanks Chay, yes, it is so fun to do, and jumping too, try both of them :) hope you saw the trick how to do the jumping pictures in my blog :)

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    2. Oh this reply to the message is something new ! I like it a lot !!!

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    3. thanks Chay, I like it too, saw this format from Che's blog, and saw the instructions from Ratty how to change it to this form, am enjoying this.

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  3. planking! i shall try planking one of these days. great alternative for jumping. hehehe! ;)

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  4. hahaha, go try Che, it is really fun! You can combine both jumping and planking :)

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  5. hahahaha super love this post of yours Betchai!!! " Find fun in the simplest things, talk sweetly to the innermost of your heart, find self peace, contentment and happiness that no one would be able to steal. Try to do a little bit different, it adds up spice and simple happiness."....very well said and whew....planking Betchai...really really AWESOME...you totally rock!!! and yeah joiningthe planking fun hahaha,

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  6. Planking is new to me, I just hope you do not get too close to the edge. The shot wiht the pretty sky and you planking is gorgeous. Great photos!

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  7. I do that after a run. It's very relaxing then I do burpees. Maybe you can do that too. wink*

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  8. What is this, why is everyone planking? You are the first one I see during 2012 on my bloglist.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. Very amusing! My favorite is you at Torrey Pines Gliderport. :)

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  10. I have never actually seen anyone planking, but I have a young friend who does it. He loves to get up on rooftops.

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  11. I am huge fan of planking BUT WILL LOVE TO DO IT ON THAT POTATO CHIP ROCK. YOU ARE A SPORT :)

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  12. I am huge fan of planking.. and I would love it do it on those rocks

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