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Just a simple post a day prompt...but it struck a cord.

What if? Just what if I had the luxury of having all the time I needed to focus on a single cause?

As for me, I’d focus on finding more opportunities for disabled sportsmen and women and helping those sportsmen and women  with health related issues find ways to continue enjoying their outdoor passions.

You see, I am one of those sportswomen. I have MS (multiple sclerosis). Some days I’m essentially fine – some days I am essentially a trainwreck in tennis shoes; unable to walk without assistance, see clearly, think clearly. Yet despite,  or perhaps because of the MS I spend as much time as I can outdoors enjoying the many healthful benefits of an outdoor lifestyle.  It only takes some help from friends, a few modifications to equipment and a wish to be outside.

We get by with a little help from our friends….

I want to be that friend.

A disabled sporstman with his spouse during a 2012 NWTF Wheelin' Sporstsmen Southern Illinois deer hunt.

A disabled sportsman with his spouse during a 2012 NWTF Wheelin’ Sporstsmen Southern Illinois deer hunt.



 [ síng gyələr ]
  1. exceptional: especially great or remarkable
  2. unusual: unusual, odd, or striking
  3. sole: being only one, or the only one of a kind
Synonyms: remarkable, extraordinary, particular, outstanding, curious, odd, unusual
Today’s daily prompt from the Daily Post asked that we  creative imaging  types  work with the word singular.
Given the definition of singular, I immediately thought of the exquisitely artistic yet functional fly made for me by the talented artist Owl Jones .
Spring in my neighborhood means morel mushrooms, fresh bluegill and bass on the fly rod – what a better way to commemorate my reputation as a “mushroom mama” and likely the only person in the county that owns and uses a fly rod.

Jones asked about where I fished, the species I chased, and what water conditions were like  to insure that not only was the fly a unique piece of art, it would also function in the field.

I must admit, that because of the artistic beauty in this fly, the singular nature of it’s design, I will not risk losing it when a big bass does a flip and rip as is all too common on muggy summer evening just before dark.
Instead, it lives  in  reverent repose in a shadow box with other small bits and pieces of the outdoors that I pause to admire each day.
Because it is truly SINGULAR
 [ síng gyələr ]
  1. exceptional: especially great or remarkable
  2. unusual: unusual, odd, or striking
  3. sole: being only one, or the only one of a kind

IMG_8864-Edit-EditOnce this was enough; a tractor, a silo, a little ground and few cows.

Now the tractors are huge, literally able to drive themselves while the farmer sits  enclosed, in an airtight cab, listening to the surround sound stereo, while he endlessly  works the ground of a 1000 acres.

So many acres a single silo will never be enough.

I’m not sure this is really progress.

The old farmers and I we long for the days of being connected to the earth rather than  being today’s version of “connected”.

Welcome to the inaugural post for  F8 and Be There…..the phrase seems so old school now. But back in the day, press photographers, photojournalists, and we media folks often lived by those words. What was most important is that we were there, we were present to capture that one moment that defined what was happening, the scene, the emotions, the feeling of where we were.

Those film days of Speed Graphic cameras and “F8 and be there” have long sense been replaced with ever evolving and ever more immediate digital images. Images that instantly  get uploaded and shared across the internet and social media sites instead of hustled through a darkroom and processed by hand.

Yet we still must be there. For me, being there now means being outdoors, being in the woods, on the water, in the forest and fields. Being there when the first pre dawn flights of water fowl lift off from an icy river, being there when a fawn takes it’s first wobbly steps, being there when mother nature flexes her muscles and flings violent storms across the prairie.

While I have several other blogs about life in the outdoors, this is my spot to share those “be there” moments.

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