Aaron G. Peabody, AoC
For as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with the natural world. Mountains, rivers, oceans and forests—these things have a special hold on me and have exercised and enormous influence in my life. The flash of wings as a hawk dives for prey, the slow play of light on skin as a jaguar moves through the brush, the moment of frozen motion as you encounter a deer on a mountain trail. All throughout my life the most special moments have been when I am away from the habitats of man and into the realms of wolf and bison and raven. It’s through my photographs that I hope to share all of this with you. The art of photography is—for me—the patience for the moment when wind and beast and the turning of the earth are all in alignment and a perfect picture can be made.
I am, at heart, a storyteller. All my life it is through the written word that I have found myself communicating most easily and most fully. Be it poetry or prose (and I would argue that there is little difference, when done correctly), it is through the lens of language that I have seen and spoken most clearly. When I put pen to paper windows and doors open in my mind, connecting me to an ocean of meaning, where the spark of intellect and the rolling thunder of imagination give birth to sorrow and joy, terror and comfort, passion and logic. In every place I go, no matter how far out on the wild frontier of human expression, I attempt to craft language as one my most powerful tools for understanding.
It's a simple enough statement: I wear kilts. And yet, as soon as you say that or are seen to be doing that, a dozen more questions arise. "Why do you do it?" "What are you wearing under there?" "Aren't you cold?" "Are you a cross-dresser?" "Hey, do you want to dance?" In order: because I can, ask me to dance and we'll see how it goes, no I'm not cold, no I'm not a cross-dresser, I'd love to dance.

To quote the Utilikilts Credo: With good humor, entangled in paradox, Utilikilts®—the uniform of the free-thinking—are inextricably woven into the thread of the future. This future is all of ours, and open minds are essential while navigating this course.
I was, as you shouldn't be at all surprised to learn, a day-dreamer as a child (still am). I lived each and every day in worlds of my own imaginings. To this day I adore the process of creating a world in which a story or stories can take place. The mental activity of imagining every detail of how a world works is huge fun for me, not to mention the process of exhaustively researching the minutiae that make such a setting believable. Given a chance, I will happily lose myself for hours as I spin something from nothing, from the broadest strokes to the tiniest details. Why put this out there? I lack the resources or inclination to be a writer or a filmmaker, but I love the idea of helping them.
I don't remember at what age my mother first read The Hobbit to my sister and me, nor how old I was when I first opened the pages of The Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion. I can't even begin to guess at how many times I've read them all. I do remember getting into an argument with my high school freshman English teacher when we studied The Hobbit. It was integral to her lesson plan that we learn about Tolkien's use of allegory. When I pointed out that Tolkien disliked and never used allegory she "corrected me". When I brought in the proof that she was wrong she stopped letting me talk in class. For all of these reasons it was only natural that I should turn to this globe-spanning web of ours as a venue for sharing my passion.
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Addo ordo ex chaos quod chaos ex ordo.