Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hebgen Elk Rescue Final

Hebgen Elk Rescue Final

Hebgen Elk Rescue Final

Posted: 04 May 2014 10:16 AM PDT

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Blue Angels - US Navy Air Show 2014

Posted: 04 May 2014 08:26 AM PDT

Blue Angels Air show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Spirit Of St Louis airport.

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Largest Polish Festival in Texas Kicks off in Houston

Posted: 03 May 2014 11:45 PM PDT

Houston, TX – A festive Polish celebration brought colorful cheer in Houston, Texas at the 8th Annual Polish Festival, held on the grounds of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish. Traditional Polish food, song and dance filled the air as crowds kicked off the festival for Saturday May 3rd and 4th. Noted as the largest Polish festival in Texas, visitors were also able to visit the church built in the traditional Polish style. A 600 year old history of the famous Icon of Poland, Our Lady of Czestochowa, known as the Black Madonna, can be seen inside and how the icon is known for its protection and defending of the Polish Nation. Scot Magnuson – iReporter CNN

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Kentucky Derby 2014

Posted: 03 May 2014 08:49 PM PDT

Father daughter moment caught at the derby today..

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Bring Back Our Girls - Toronto

Posted: 03 May 2014 03:49 PM PDT

Advocates for the missing girls in Nigeria, gathered at Dundas Square and marched to City Hall in Toronto, chanting, "Bring back our girls!" and singing the Nigerian and Canadian national anthems. Several speakers from Nigeria expressed their hopes that people coming together around the world would result in positive action to find the missing girls and also begin to challenge the status quo of the Nigerian government's commitment to education and public safety.

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Fashion photographer Sarah Moon

Posted: 03 May 2014 03:18 PM PDT

I took these photo to the great fashion photographer Sarah Moon, an important figure in contemporary photography and art, who is arrived in my town, Reggio Emilia, for her last monographic exhibit entitled Alchemies. I shoot these photos in ambient ligth, after the presentation of Alchemies with photographs taken in circuses, zoos and natural history museums in the world.

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Elk rescue in South West Montana

Posted: 03 May 2014 02:46 PM PDT

Locals rescue a cow elk that fell through the ice on Hebgen lake. The ice is still very thick, except for some holes caused by underwater springs, which ultimately cannot be detected by the elk. This allowed a few people to get close enough to place a rope around her neck and to pull her up on the ice!!

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All hats and lots of fun for the ladies at the Kentucky Oaks 2014

Posted: 03 May 2014 12:30 PM PDT

The Kentucky Derby or the run for the roses (as it is also called) is about to begin in a couple of hours but the day before is when the atmosphere is more relaxed and appropriate for girls to have fun. I Texas there is a term for a lot of talk and no action which goes something like All hat and no cattle. Well at the Oaks there are a lot of hats and a lot of fun for female jockies, young female horses and for all the girls who just want to have a good time. Cocktails (mainly mint julep) flow like water and money changes hands faster than the passing seconds. This year there was a surprise drum beat from 4 energetic drummers who got the passing ladies into a spontaneous dance mood and the packed crowd was dominated by the pink color. The images were taken in Louisville, KY at the Churchill Downs, the home to Kentucky Derby for 140 years.

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Battling Depression Does Not Make You Weak

Posted: 03 May 2014 08:17 AM PDT

For those that first meet me, I am told it's my love for life that draws people in. I am always very happy to meet new people, and if I can make a person laugh, even better.
But, if they only knew that for a majority of the last ten years, I felt emptiness, sadness, and even hopelessness.

You're looking at the face of depression. If you look at my life on the surface, you will see someone who has achieved at the highest of highs. I have a Bachelors degree from Indiana University. I played semi pro football, and attend graduate school.

For years, I was able to hide my depression by wearing masks and living in self-denial, saying that I was just having a "bad day." I would pretend that it would just work itself out and everything would be fine. But, as the years wore on, the lows got even lower. I distinctly remember two days that looking back, were major warning signs that I ignored.

November 26, 2007 is a day that I will never forget. I remember the feeling, like my whole world was caving in all around me. Depression was always under the surface, but as usual, I would just ignore it. Then, the trigger point happened. I was dating a young woman named Natalie. I spent Thanksgiving weekend with her after having an argument with my parents. We were having a great time, and drinking (heavily). Then the next morning, she abruptly kicked me out of her life without warning. I was distraught and devastated. I still have no idea how I managed to get myself back home, let alone go to work on Sunday. That evening, I just decided enough is enough. I wrote a note, said some goodbyes, and I decided that I was ready to leave this world. I thought I would just overdose on medication, fall asleep, and never wake up again. About 12 hours later, I woke up. I will spare you some of the other details, but at the end of the day, I survived a suicide attempt.

For a few years, I viewed this survival as a sign that I was meant to do more in this world. I picked up the pieces, enrolled in college, and I thrived. Depression was always under the surface though, but I managed to fake a smile on the bad days, and wear masks. I graduated from my university in 2012 with a degree in Communication Arts, an Outstanding Student award, and many other accolades.

We try to push aside depression and mental health issues because it's "somebody else's problem." Well, as I continued to fall into the depths, it became my problem. May 24, 2013. I remember just feeling like I needed to take a break from things. I just found out that my plans for graduate school crumbled away like a decaying building. I had been accepted to Kent State, but they did not give me enough funding for me to attend. I tried to wear masks, but it became increasingly difficult that day. I remember distinctly trying to say something, but all that came out was tears and pain. For hours, I was sunk in a corner, breaking down mentally and emotionally. I would say that I wanted to disappear, escape and leave the world. I didn't attempt to take my own life that night, but I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't thinking about it, and I definitely would be lying to you if I said I haven't thought about it since.

I did ultimately find a new graduate school in Central Michigan University to study Sport Administration. I thought getting out of my comfort zone and moving to a new place would help shake me out of my personal hell, and help me beat this on my own. But, I learned real depression is when you're surrounded by happiness and only feel pain. It's a storm in your mind that is unrelenting.

I realized almost immediately that my depression wasn't getting better, it was only getting worse. It was harder to hide the pain. We talk about disappointment in life. We didn't get the job. So-and-so broke up with me. Those are just disappointments. I was actually doing really well in my new surroundings. I had made many new friends, and finally had the opportunities I have been waiting for. But, the pain just grew. I started to feel like I was trapped in quicksand. Depression was winning again.

My story could have ended on Super Bowl Sunday when I was at my lowest. But, I finally faced my fears. I went to the counselling center on my campus. I went to the campus health clinic, where I met a compassionate and caring physician, who put my mind at ease about medication; and would work with me to find the right medication and dosage for me. I am fighting every single day, but I am winning the fight now. I have a great team of people around me, and am determined to continue to get better. I still have low days, but they are becoming less frequent.

If you are suffering from depression or any mental health issue, please get help. Talk to a friend or a family member that you trust. Whatever you do, please do not fight this alone. For 10 years, I fought what was an uphill battle that I was losing. I made the choice, and I'm proud to say that each day I feel myself becoming stronger in my fight.

We need to remove the stigma that society places with depression. You would never say to somebody that "It's just a broken leg. Get over it!"

Know that if you are suffering, you are not weak. You are strong for hanging on for so long.

I am just one of the many faces of depression in the world. And I will never give up my fight.

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Things Get Better

Posted: 03 May 2014 08:10 AM PDT

When I was 19 years old, I attempted suicide after a bad break up with an ex girlfriend. I was diagnosed with major depression. I immediately underwent therapy and was prescribed to anti depressants. I did therapy for 4 years, and was on the medication for 7. Almost 10 years later, I feel that I have overcome my illness and I am able to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life.


The scariest thing about my experience was that I TRULY believed in my heart that things would not get better. Clearly, they did!


One thing that has always helped me battle my depression, was a quote that I read after being hospitalized in a psychiatric unit for 5 days.


It said "Don't always believe what you think"


That's the best way I've been able to explain to people how depression works. It feels like you can't control your thoughts. It feels like a negative force has taken over your brain, and soon enough, you start to believe those thoughts. I believed that if I took my life, no one would miss me. I know it sounds crazy but it's seriously that powerful.


If your reading this, and you feel like hurting yourself…..DON'T!


I was lucky enough to survive and was able to see the pain I put my friends and family through. Ask for help, and do whatever it takes to get better.



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The Elephant Gathering

Posted: 03 May 2014 05:02 AM PDT

This photo is captured in Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka. Hundreds of elephants are moving to the lake located middle of the national park in an evening of a warm day to take a bath and feed.
April is the dry and warm season in this area and water and grass is not widely available in the park. Nicely grown green grass is widely available surrounding the lake.
Giant well grown elephants as well as newborn baby elephants are seen in these groups.

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The tipsy turvy Kentucky Oaks 2014, the day before the Derby, a filly down and the winner is #13

Posted: 03 May 2014 02:49 AM PDT

2014 The Kentucky Oaks (filly or female horse race) held yesterday had all the glamor and female fun but what was totally out of the blue in a sea of pink was the refusal of horse number 10 to be restrained for the start of the final of the Kentucky Oaks, a major event that is held a day before the Kentucky Derby. Next in the sequence of number 10 between being removed from the run for throwing a tantrum) was that it hit the ground and all you could see were the horse shoes of the hind legs of number 10 (image 1 and 2). A scary thought crossed my mind. Oh God I hope they don't put the horse down with a gun shot. It was a relief to see that number 10 was on her feet (image 3) but of the of the race (image 4). The race begins without number 10 (image 5) and number 13 wins (image 6). As usual there is a lot of anticipation during the race that is obvious on the faces of all those who have wagered (image 7), followed by disappointment for those who bet on a filly that did not win (image 8) and time to leave in an orderly manner (image 9) with a prize win for horse number 13 (image 10). Next time you have to decide on number 13 as an unlucky number think again.

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Posted: 02 May 2014 12:24 PM PDT

A check off the bucket list trip thru Death Valley mostly void of life but beautiful in geological colors. Lake beds of salt not water. (Addition to Bad Water Death Valley Report)

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Make Our Children YOUR PRIORITY!

Posted: 01 May 2014 07:57 PM PDT

You are most likely thinking to yourself," whats the point in posting another picture or status to speak about this issue?It is not going to make any difference?"
I can tell you this IT WILL.
DO NOT underestimate the power of YOUR VOICE.
We have to make this PERSONAL.
DO something NOW, no matter how little.
SOCIAL MEDIA is a BLESSING to us right now!I posted this picture on my twitter page and it has been re-tweeted over 90 times by people I do not know
I know you might me afraid, or feel hopeless, I feel the same way to. But am not going to let that STOP me! IT should not stop YOU! Lets put pressure on our Nigerian government to do something about this!

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Local flooding

Posted: 01 May 2014 10:30 AM PDT

Delaware & Raritan Canal section of Rocky Hill, NJ.


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