My latest article with photography has been published. It incorporates the USAF Thunderbirds images I have been posting, along with more photos from the Wings Over Warren flying demonstration and Thunderbirds practice, plus interviews with Thunderbirds officers and the Cheyenne Frontier Days general chairman. I have to say, I loved putting this story together. Click on the link or the image to get to the published article with photography. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/usaf-thunderbirds-and-cheyenne-frontier-days-share-history/
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” ~ John 8:32
I have finished my story and photos for publication on the USAF Thunderbirds and Cheyenne Frontier Days and how the two have a shared history and respect between them. That should be published soon. In the meantime, I wanted to get a few more Thunderbirds photos put on this blog! I had a very good time photographing and interviewing. Many thanks to the Public Affairs personnel for both the USAF Thunderbirds and F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY. They made it a pleasure.
One of the chief goals of the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration squadron is to inspire. Well… mission accomplished. I was inspired.
After photographing the practice session of the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration squadron on July 25, I was able to also photograph the 2022 Wings Over Warren Air Show at the F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY on July 27, 2022. I will post more photos as I work on them from the show, but I will start with this one that I like quite a bit.
I had the privilege of being able to photograph a practice session the USAF Thunderbirds team was performing in preparation for an upcoming air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. The flying was impressive and inspiring and the team members I was able to interview were just great to speak with about what they do and their thoughts about being a part of the Thunderbirds team. I have had a bit of time to be able to work on just a few photos, so far, and thought I would share them. I will be putting together an article with photos for publication in the near future.
I had a blast photographing the practice and interacting with a number of great people from both the Air Force base and the Thunderbirds team. They were all outstanding.
A new photo spread of mine has just been published. While the four-day Pikes Peak or Bust NFR Open rodeo was another sell out affair, organizers pride themselves on offering more than just a rodeo. Over time, they have grown the event’s “Fan Zone” entertainment to become a popular family-friendly destination and the rodeo’s long association with helping active duty military families blends a military flavor into all the proceedings at the historic Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. https://www.thefencepost.com/news/more-than-just-a-rodeo/
While many people tend to treat the Memorial Day holiday as an extended weekend, the kickoff to summertime grilling, or even a time to throw a party…
It is much more than that.
It is a time to remember those who have died in military service for our country. They died serving to protect the freedoms we so often take for granted and now even see eroding away around us.
It is a time to reflect on their sacrifices and the importance of the freedoms and American way of life they died to protect and preserve.
Most important… it is an opportunity to honor their ultimate sacrifices by being the best American citizens we can be. That means being an American that stands for freedom, stands against evil and corruption in all their forms, and honors the flame of a Christian-nation vision first held aloft by our Founding Fathers.
May this Memorial Day weekend find you blessed and willing to reflect on the debt we owe to those who have sacrificed their lives to preserve our American way of life. The pen of Abraham Lincoln was mighty and I cannot improve upon the words he wrote and then spoke during his Gettysburg Address:
“… we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
God bless you and yours during this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
(Fort Mackinac and the front of Mackinac Island in a photograph taken by a tourist in 1918)
My wife and I enjoy history, especially when it is alive and well. Visiting old American frontier forts in Colorado (Bents Old Fort) and Wyoming (Fort Laramie, Fort Casper) is a real treat, but one of our very favorites is the historic Fort Mackinac located on Mackinac Island between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The location is amazing and has such an authentic feel to it, since the island does not allow motorized transportation and keeps its Victorian atmosphere fresh and energetic. Visiting this fort that saw action during the War of 1812 with the British was great fun for us. If you ever get a chance to visit beautiful Mackinac Island, take it. You won’t be sorry.
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