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
Around my Alma Mater (Washburn University), there are numerous statues. This one always caught my eye, because of the lines and the subtle changes in color in the metal. I hope you all enjoy!
Woman with Dove
Walking around the State Capitol of Kansas in Topeka, this statue of President Lincoln really stood out to me with the sun and the trees in the background. Enjoy!
Lincoln in Silhouette
Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas, is definitely one of the highlights of our summer. Craft booths, great food, airshow, live music… Oh, and about 45 minutes of solid Fireworks put on by Paul Austin of Stellar Fireworks, INC. One year when we went, there were some kids dancing with Glow Sticks among the crowd, spinning them around and having a grand time. I thought it might make a good picture, and I decided to give it a try. I’m actually quite pleased with how this came out. Hope you enjoy it as well!
Glow Stick Dancers, Amelia Earhart Festival, 2010
I was sitting at home today, wondering about what picture to put on my blog. All of a sudden, my doorbell rang, and I discovered that one of my good buddies had dropped by to see me on his motorcycle. Immediately I got my inspiration. I took several pictures of the bike, but I wanted to get his reflection in it, because I am a firm believe that everyone picks their vehicles because they can see a little of themselves in it. The chrome on the air breather on his Harley Davidson 883 was the perfect reflection point, so here it is. Enjoy!
My buddy, as reflected in his bike