Original mazes by Ben Wilder

I forgot how much I love drawing mazes! Doing these at my dining room table offered a couple of beneficial things: 1. clear my mind of anything else going on in my life… and 2. creative and critical thinking. Here are a few I’ve done in the last couple of weeks.

Created for my mama… if you’ll notice, it says “I [heart] U” ๐Ÿ™‚
Created for my niece who celebrated a birthday recently.
Incorporating my sister’s name, “Shannon” ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be posting a few more in the coming days so check back for more ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

creatures of Bear Island

These were seen on Bear Island on Percy Priest Lake, southeast Nashville, Tennessee. I was very surprised by the variety of wildlife we saw while we hiked around the island. Thankfully no bears, I feel like that needs to be said! ๐Ÿ™‚

A few things we didn’t snag a picture of that you might want to note if you plan to visit or camp on the island: ticks, snakes, and spider webs… we walked through a million spider webs.


-Out of the Wilderness

well, ant that somethin’

Ants. Frustrating creatures when they’re INside your house. But OUTside, quite fascinating. I came across this little fella as the sun set a few evenings ago. I’m really loving taking close-up photos, if you haven’t noticed in my posts, lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

Meet Andy the Ant.

Andy practicing being human


Andy in the upside down
Andy branching out
Andy plays hide-and-seek


Andy and a leaf that hasn’t shaved in days


Andy says “goodbye!”ย 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Dixie To Go: Boo Boo Ninja commercial

I recently wrote about the Walgreens commercial featuring Bebe Rexha and the celebration of 2020 graduates (click here for that) so I’m back with another ad I really like! Research shows this one actually came out in 2016 to promote the Dixie cup brand.

I loooooove this commercial! It’s really fun and cute, and the editing style is perfect for a quick ad: strong, decisive cuts, but with content full of drama, heroism, and great sound effects… all successfully displayed in under 15 seconds. That’s not easy to do! Check it out and then scroll down for the only criticism I’d mention if I was being nit-picky.ย 

The final shot of the young boy watching in awe was a great touch, too. To speak about one possible revision…ย I’m compelled to think it’s an ad for band-aids.ย The voice-over is crucial because to watch it without sound, my guess is you’d DEFINITELY think it’s about band-aids, or skin ointment for scratches and cuts. Or even worse, we might not have any idea what it’s about.ย 

What do you think? Did you like it? Does it leave you with good feelings about Dixie brand cups?ย 

Thanks for stopping by!ย 

-Out of the Wilderness