BrandyDay291: Pretty Sure Those Tracks Are Active

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Knowing my love for trains and bridges, KC told me about these tracks down south awhile back.  Some of you may have heard the story of a couple crazy women who were up on the tracks (very illegal) and a train came.  This trestle is 500 feet long and 80 feet high.  14,000-ton Indiana Rail Road freight train traveling at 30 mph coming full force at you.  What do you do?  Last minute, split second, they laid down on the tracks with the train skimming over the top of them.  Once the engineer regained composure after thinking he just ran over two idiots, law enforcement was contacted and the women ended up facing criminal charges.  Though I’m sure the charges weren’t enough considering the hell they put the engineer through for that brief time.

I made it a point to show Alicia, it’s such an ‘awe-ing’ view, but one to be admired from the road…at a safe distance…where a train won’t make dinner out of you for some varmint.

It is illegal, it is trespassing and you will face charges if caught on any train tracks property of the CSX.  908 people were killed in the United
States by trespassing on railroads in 2013; 38 of those unnecessary deaths were in Indiana.

(Information from The Indiana Railroad Website)

BrandyDay290: A Road Without A Fork Is Guaranteed To Have A Few Curves

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Alicia and I headed south to Nashville Indiana to get away, check out the fall colors & go horseback riding.  We had no obligations until Monday afternoon.  It was Saturday.  When you get two best friends, a camera, untraveled roads and free time, well only good things can happen 🙂  Alicia (nicknamed T) has been every bit of a supportive best friend.  I look forward to our adventures and time together.  This weekend is sure to do our hearts some good!!!  We never know what lies ahead, and looking back can cause you to miss the direction you should be headed.

 I shot this on some no name road, between here and there while on a ‘bathroom’ stop.  Indiana is beautiful this time of year!!! (Fall time, that is)

Brandy Day288: Anywhere But Here

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This photo reminds me of my cross country road trip.  The endless open, like the ocean.  The quiet thoughts while driving during sunset.  I enjoyed being on the road.  I had more of a feeling of ‘having everything’ than I do now. Going from place to place, no agenda, no destination.  Some days I’d give anything to be out there again.  Truly living life in such a way of simplicity.

Brandy Day287: Truth Of It All

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‘When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?  Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame?  Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car?  Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement?  Of course not.  What will matter then will be the people.  If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?’-Max Lucado

This is where I will begin again.  I made a commitment with Chandler and I got away from that.  I let ‘life’ get in the way and chipped away a small part of a very important relationship.  I want to finish this.  Not because I have to.  Not because my ‘mommy sat me down spoke firmly to me’.  I need to because Chan & I were in this together.  In 19 years, Chandler has stood by my side and loved me unconditionally.  Chandler has watched me fall and climb back up, never once judging me, but hurting for me because he loved me. I’m sorry I have let you down Chan!  I love you bud ❤

Brandy Day285: 4 x 50# & >

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These kids!! Onyx, Oliver, Haylee & Lillian creekside for Sunday Funday. Onyx & Haylee are my bestfriend,  Alicia,  dogs. We took them down to the creek to burn off some energy as hers had been couped up coming off her 6 day in a row work week and mine because of the rain. They chased tennis balls up creek for well over an hour. They all got along great and are now completely worn out. Glad we were able to get them out and enjoy such a beautiful fall day!
Alicia has been a great friend and always super supportive. (She was the one in the night photo making a heart with me and our arms) People like her are hard to find. Loyal, forgiving, understanding, supportive, honest, generous….Thank you. I cannot wait for our shenanigans in a week!!!!

Brandy Day283: B&R!!!

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What!!! Big & Rich are coming’ to the city!!! Scored some free tickets for the show and I cannot wait!!
I LOVE live music!!! I cannot get enough!! Attending shows on any level is like breathing!!

Brandy Day282: Missing Piece

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The tree itself and its reflection seem to make a heart with a little piece missing.
I shot this down at the creek while playing ball with Oliver. I cannot explain the joy I get from seeing them happy!  Watching he and Lilly having such an awesome time down at the creek, swimming, playing ball & chasing each other. Really, no greater joy. They are such a huge part of my heart and without them I’d be lost. The bond you can form with a dog is irreplaceable.

Brandy Day281: He Should Have Been Named Lunar :-)

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Not sure where to start with this. I was told his name was Freeney. Found out his name is Riggs. He’s 4 years old and lucky to be alive.
I was up early to shoot the lunar eclipse and sunrise. I went to what was familiar, where I knew I’d be able to shoot moonset and sunrise in an opposite field. I noticed him when I first turned down the road. I didn’t know I’d be saving his life just a few minutes later. A car that was going way too fast hit this poor guy. Stopped briefly and just kept going. I did what I had to. At 7am not very many people are around. A homeowner came out and kindly helped get him on a blanket and into the back of my truck. I immediately took him to VCA Animal Hospital. They were able to find him microchipped and tracked down the owners. He was in shock and severe pain as he had a broken pelvis & two broken hips and countless lacerations.
I never got photos of the lunar eclipse nor the sunrise, though I was able to be a part of saving his life.
Thank you to the staff at VCA for being so amazing and all your help. Here’s to a quick recovery with your family and your little boy who’s stoked to have his puppy back home. 

Brandy Day280: Human Sinkhole

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Today wasn’t easy. Maybe its the weather, I feel like I’m lost in Seattle. However the sun has set so I cannot complain. Rain through the day makes for long ones & hyper dogs.
Driving for sunset accepting I may not see much of one, this reflection caught me. Flooding the hole in the middle of the road, deceiving those that pass through, painting that which surrounds it, catching true colors.
Oddly enough I stopped, got out of my truck and stood there,  ‘reflecting’ on recent days, prior to taking this photo. The beauty captured reflected so much.

Brandy Day279: Selfish Selfie….

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Standing on this back road. Alive. Happy. Full of feeling and life. The light of the sun highlighting naturally.
Never knowing when your happiness will be ripped from your heart, you be sure and ‘live’.
Dont be afraid of happiness, it has to start somewhere and its an amazing feeling. One you must experience in order to feel hurt, pain. Enjoy the simple things in life, one day that may be all you have.