Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
Country: United States

Dear Mark,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, sorry you had such a tough week. My brothers and I were watched over during 15 years of our childhood by "Blaze" our purebred German Shepherd. Blaze suffered the same weakness at the end of his life, his back legs just wouldn't carry him anymore. They are a very special breed, have an intuition and a deep love of their family members. Blaze would be laying in the yard while we all played, if a stranger looked like they might be headed our way, those ears went vertical and he'd be burning a hole in whoever it might be until he determined the threat level.

Those footprints in the yard will vanish eventually, but the ones on your heart never will. Sorry for your losses. Thanks for thinking enough of us to allow us to help you carry a little bit of them.

JW



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4039
Country: Netherlands

P51D



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4056
Country: United States

Flybyphoto wrote:
Mark, sorry for your loss.

Steve, the lava photos take me back to my honeymoon on the Big Island back in 2003. We stayed in Kona and drove to Kilauea. While at the crater some one asked if we had seen the lava flow, which had recently restarted and was about a 1/8 mile from reaching the ocean. Intrigued we drove down then hiked to the active flow. We arrived there about mid-day with a single 8oz bottle of water to share. We stayed within feet of the flowing lava until after sunset so as to see the entire hill side glowing in the dark. We then hiked back to the car, in the dark, without a flashlight over all that old, sharp lava. Needless to say, the wife and I didn't feel too well the following day. Lots of heat, lack of water, and volcanic gas isn't a good combination. It was so worth it, and I'd do it again tomorrow.

John


We were too sensible to hike to the live flow in our sandals. Ah, youth!



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
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J-A, the Brat is lookin' good!



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
Country: United States

We'll have at least one MiG17 behind the Mitchell at AFW 2013. How many chances does one get to go A2A with a Soviet Supersonic?



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
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Locked and loaded...........................



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
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"Break!"



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
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The definition of sweet light.....................



bobl
Registered: Sep 08, 2003
Total Posts: 2782
Country: United States

Mark, as I read your post I was reminded of Mr. Hobbs who walked on four weeks ago today. I am so very VERY sorry for your loss. Both of them



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4039
Country: Netherlands

JWilsonphoto wrote:
We'll have at least one MiG17 behind the Mitchell at AFW 2013. How many chances does one get to go A2A with a Soviet Supersonic?

Mmmmmmmmm ok im back to sleep now



DanNehmer
Registered: Nov 26, 2009
Total Posts: 302
Country: United States

Mark,

So sorry for your loss's, both your trusted friend and the sudden loss of your Uncle. The November picture is beautiful but you can certainly see the grey and strain of time on him. The vibriance shown in the 2007 photo's really show his strength and character. May god hold the wind at your back for a while.

Colin, love the words of Rainbow Bridge. Pictured below is Butch, who will be waiting for me at the bridge. He was our protector and friend, much as Jim described Blaze to be. Butch was with us for 12 years, pound mut, rotten lab I called him (Black Lab, Rottweiler, Great Dane mix) and the most wonderful, faithful friend. He left us in 2011 just 2 weeks before our move to Iowa. Clara and I had just had the conversation whether he could make one move and two days later she call me at work to say it was time.

Dan



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2744
Country: United States

Mark, I am sorry for your losses, that is a rough week for sure.



msalvetti
Registered: Dec 20, 2003
Total Posts: 3111
Country: United States

bobl wrote:
Mark, as I read your post I was reminded of Mr. Hobbs who walked on four weeks ago today. I am so very VERY sorry for your loss. Both of them


Thanks Bob, I was thinking of Mr. Hobbs too.

Colin, thanks for the Rainbow Bridge post. I can never get through reading that....

Ray, Zoe is beautiful. Kelsey had the same lithe build to her. She weighed about 70 pounds.

Dan, I'm sorry about Butch. Yes, Kelsey was definitely showing her age. She had lost much of her hearing, but her eyesight was still sharp, and she was still very alert. I'm just glad she didn't suffer and we had her for as long as we did.

Thank you to everyone else for the words of support.

Jim, I have thought often of you and Blaze these past few months. I remember you talking about him before, and how your family had reached the point where he had to be carried. Luckily our house is a split set into a hillside. That means there is one step out of the house onto the back porch, and from there one more step to the yard, or else we would have also been at the carry stage with Kelsey some time ago.

Steve, I have thought about photographing the Arlington ceremony, as long as my aunt and cousins are OK with it of course. I'm sure I'll be asking for advice when the time comes, as it will be a real challenge for me. He was cremated, and I don't know if they will be going for an interment or placement of the urn in the Columbarium.

Thanks again everyone.

Mark



cbrandt
Registered: Aug 03, 2006
Total Posts: 1486
Country: United States

Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
cbrandt wrote:
I did this trip your doing a couple of years ago - shooting Merritt Is NWR every other day [...]


Thanks a bunch for the pointers, Curt. I've filed it for another day, because planning changed quickly and radically when I mentioned the word "alligator" to Daniela. We are now spending tomorrow at the KSC and then heading over to Orlando for Sunday and Monday. Looks like Merritt Island is going to be a future outing with Anya.



O bummer .. but on the WD in the boonies, you'd want to be careful walkin' around for sure ! Not like the more public / commercial WD they normally shuffle folks to.































looking back as we were leaving ......







Curt


NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 8808
Country: United States

Mark, so sorry to hear that your week has been so horrible. I hope you did go out and photograph the paw prints in the snow, it will remind you of all the paw prints in your heart.

Since my parents in law couldn't make the trip out here for the funeral due to their age, I grabbed my video camera and had someone set it up on a tripod at the church, then again at the cemetery, and then I burned it to a dvd and sent it to them after making sure the sound was good enough throughout. One thing you'll want to check into is whether they use a live bugler or the recording, for Taps. For me, the recording would have been an insult to him, so i asked a musician friend to help me find someone who would play it live. There's also volunteers out there, http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/ that I found through this:



Ruht roh, caught at TOPP...



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
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And something that my dad passed along to me about the Mosquitos



msalvetti
Registered: Dec 20, 2003
Total Posts: 3111
Country: United States

NightOwl Cat wrote:
Mark, so sorry to hear that your week has been so horrible. I hope you did go out and photograph the paw prints in the snow, it will remind you of all the paw prints in your heart.

Since my parents in law couldn't make the trip out here for the funeral due to their age, I grabbed my video camera and had someone set it up on a tripod at the church, then again at the cemetery, and then I burned it to a dvd and sent it to them after making sure the sound was good enough throughout. One thing you'll want to check into is whether they use a live bugler or the recording, for Taps. For me, the recording would have been an insult to him, so i asked a musician friend to help me find someone who would play it live. There's also volunteers out there, http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/ that I found through this:



Ruht roh, caught at TOPP...



Thanks Laura. Colin's idea was a good one, but the last couple of days we were away had been warm. I went out today to find the melting had pretty much taken care of the paw prints.

Great idea on the bugler. I'll have to remember to check and see if they need help finding one when the date approaches. I understand Arlington is still working on October deaths, so it will probably be April or May at the earliest.

Mark



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
Country: United States

Now there's a good example of what MA2A is all about.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
Country: United States

Note to self, 1/80th won't get you a full disc on a T-28, even if it's trying to keep up with a B25



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 18832
Country: United States

Another, discard last note if the subject sucks, bangs and blows....................



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