Self portraits and how Hanson’s “MMMBop” probably saved my life

I rarely take photos of myself. I’ve always loved being BEHIND a camera, sure… but not in front of it. When I’m in videos on YouTube something, I have to fight from becoming “Speechless.” It’s embarrassing. Even with photos, only once in a blue moon will I take pics of myself. Then this happened.

I was camping at a state park in the Florida panhandle when I snapped that shot, good enough for a “Yearbook,” don’t you think? OK, maybe not. But then why take only one when you can take a gazillion? Here are the few from that silly self portrait session that turned out not totally “Weird.”

Anyways, I went back to the forest much later that night to take some astrophotography images. It was dark, quiet, and, hey I’m just a “man from Milwaukee” Florida, so it was scary, too. I’m almost sure I heard a bear whispering, “I Will Come To You” as it crunched the leaves and sticks under it’s big paws. If I heard a growl or a howl, I would’ve “Runaway Run” as fast as I could. I could only think of one thing that would “Save Me,” so I started singing.

“MMMbop beep bop, bop doo wop, bitty bah bop!”

Here I was in the “Middle of Nowhere” singing Hanson’s beloved song from the 90s to keep predators from mauling me. I was thinking that if the sound of my voice didn’t scare them off, the quality of my singing definitely would! I’m pretty bad, but hey, “Where’s the Love?” Any encouraging words can be left in the comments below.

Meanwhile, I think these night photos are good enough to be in a “Yearbook.” Check them out.


“You Never Know” when one of your favorite bands might end up saving your life one day. It was late one night taking star photos for me “This Time Around.” Meanwhile, there’s a bear or a raccoon or a coyote, thinking I’ll be “With You In Your Dreams.” Yikes! Thank you for the music that night Hanson!

Thanks for mmmbopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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