A tribute to strong women…

With one of the big news headlines right now being the women who are suing the military for their right to fight in combat situations, I decided to sit back and think about this from my standpoint. Women have long been handling stressful situations, both in times of battle and in times of peace. Our government and military have said for years that women should not have a place in combat situations. However, where was this mandate when the US (or any other country for that matter) was being explored and settled? When the wagons rolled west, was someone there to tell the women that if their wagon and family was attacked, to NOT defend themselves? To avoid conflict? To let themselves be killed or worse? I think that the willingness to be in a combat situation should be up the individual, not someone who sits behind a desk and is not in that situation. But enough of my soapbox. This picture is a statue at the State Capital of Kansas as a tribute to the Pioneer Women. Enjoy!

Statue to Pioneer Women

Statue to Pioneer Women

DanD

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I haven’t posted anything in a few days (as I’m sure you’ve noticed). We’ve been busy with life, as life tends to do. But I immediately knew which photo I wanted for this week’s photo challenge. I took this photo while doing some hiking earlier this fall. This is my first ever attempt to do some mixing with Photoshop, so please bear with me. I’m still very much in the learning phase, and appreciate any helpful hints you would like to offer. I am completely thankful for my wonderful wife. We have been married now for 12 years, and every day I find that love her even more. She is wonderful and supportive. Plus, she puts up with me. I am very happy that she is there to share life with me.

Wife in the Woods

Wife in the Woods

DanD

Backyard Shadows

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I was out in my backyard the other day, and saw this image as the sun was beginning to go down for the evening. The shadows of the trees stretched across the still green grass, ever-changing as the wind moved the tress ever so subtly. The contrasts made for an interesting sight. I hope you all enjoy!

Backyard Shadows

Backyard Shadows

DanD

I miss my dog…

So today I was remembering my dog (we lost him last July). I had gone out back and taken some pictures of our back yard yesterday, and decided to go out and visit his grave site and say “Hello”. We buried him under his favorite tree, a huge Sycamore, where he used to always lounge, since it provided good shade and he could watch all the animals go through the yard. He was the friendliest dog I have ever owned, getting along with everyone and being very careful around smaller animals and children. You can see a picture of him at this post on my wife’s blog. While visiting him and telling him what has been going on in his back yard, this picture really struck me. The sycamore tree had a limb cut off quite some time ago, and against the white trunk of the tree, made for an interesting contrast. It reminded me of him and his connection to our family. Even though we have lost him (just like this tree lost its limb), he will forever be a part of us. We love and miss you, Harley!!!

Tree Limb B&W

Tree Limb B&W

DanD