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Fading Fast #2

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 30 November 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

GRATITUDE AND GRIEF - we had to put Beau down last night. It all happened lightening fast. We found out in the morning that what we thought was minor was major and that the only loving thing to do was to let him go. The vet, God bless him, came to our house, and he died in our arms. Am doing everything that I can to make certain that gratitude trumps grief. I have posts lined up for a few weeks. However, I won't be doing any Commenting or Responding for at least a few days. Everything that you see on my site after this was already in the system.
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I love the fading autumn colors. Seems like it's a metaphor. (And to think that this was taken weeks before yesterday's shot.)
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PS - the reason for posting yesterday's shot with the brilliant colors was to show that only a few days after snow (the shot taken on Nov. 23), we still had such colors. It was the juxtaposition of the contrast that I was going for.

Nikon D700 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 800 100 mm (35mm equiv.)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

a beautiful spot gold to be savored while among us there are more leaves

30 Nov 2010 9:36am

Franz from Baden, Austria

soon the colors will be gone, so let's enjoy them while they're there! very appealing forest image!

30 Nov 2010 9:48am

Anika from Tehran, Iran

Beautiful place! :)

30 Nov 2010 10:12am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb tones in this photo and great composition.

30 Nov 2010 10:36am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Great framing and colors! Wonderful view:-)

30 Nov 2010 11:09am

pixator from kerman, Iran

Nice shot !

30 Nov 2010 12:10pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm truly sorry to hear your news

30 Nov 2010 12:23pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Sorry to hear of your loss Jack! Come back when you can.... ;-)

30 Nov 2010 12:27pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Always a shock,when things like that happen..and deeply sad..wish you the best for
the coming day's Jack. A golden tribute to Beau,this picture.

30 Nov 2010 1:02pm

Maxou from France

Excellente capture and very nice composition. I like it. Good day.

30 Nov 2010 1:12pm

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

immense nature, belle est colorée... j'aime la regarder ! Bises

30 Nov 2010 1:25pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Dear friend ... sorry do not know how your pain! Throughout my life I have had similar experiences that I have broken my heart! A great emptiness that remains in your home, and in your heart ... hard to bear! All of them, all that will take a piece of your soul and never recover. You learn to live without them over time but the feeling of eternal absence is always present. His soul is in heaven particular there is certainly ... with all those who preceded him generous friends who have lost their long life. A big hug and my tears so join yours and your pain ... I love you friend and accompany you in your pain! Adela

30 Nov 2010 1:43pm

@Adela Fonts: Muchas gracias, my dear friend. What you said is so true and so supported. Beau was the most amazing animal that I have ever known. He was my companion, my confidant, my spiritual director, my dearest friend. He stuck by me like glue through my darkest hours and through all of my cancer scares. He often was my sole companion in walks into the forest and along the seashore. He brought tremendous joy into the lives of all who knew him. Strange as it may seem to many, this was the most painful loss that I have ever experienced in my 75+ years. Your love and understanding are a tremendous support.

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

I'm so sorry for your loss Jack. Domestic animals, I think, mirror what is best in us. Their loyalty to, and love for us, is quite often amazing. With their shorter life spans, it is usually inevitable that we suffer their loss.

30 Nov 2010 3:45pm

@Larry Elkins: Thank you.

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine subtle picture that I like very much. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.

30 Nov 2010 4:18pm

@Don: Thank you.

Diane from near Hythe Alberta, Canada

a lovely yet simple autumn image but I absolutely need to express my sincere condolences to you and your wife on the loss of your dear Beau. I know how our pets become a part of the family and when they die it is such a painful time. May joy soon return to your hearts once you've had time to grieve and adjust to losing little Beau.

30 Nov 2010 4:27pm

@Diane: Thank you.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Oh, Jack, so sorry the hear this. We have been there. Only "pet people" can understand what it's like to lose a family member like that. I feel so bad for you and the rest of your family!
Only last night, as I was deep in a (medication) sleep that I can only describe as being at the bottom of the ocean (calm, not drowning), I saw my beloved Kodak, that my blog is named after. It was so comforting to see her again. Beau was loved, even by some of us who never got to meet him. You loved and cared for him. Now, please take good care of yourself. You will be in my prayers.

30 Nov 2010 4:27pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you. These kinds of soul connections from people who truly understand are incredibly supportive.

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Friendly thoughts from France Jack... i can understand your sorrow...

30 Nov 2010 4:51pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

JAck both Barbara and I are heartbroken for you - we have been there, with three loving dogs over the 42 years of our life together...it never gets easier, only harder. The sadness is so gripping...it is true that eventually the love remains and even smiles can return, but the hurt also remains...for that we can only offer prayers, kind thoughts and support...In your loss, we offer our sincerest sympathies!

30 Nov 2010 4:57pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Through my flood of appreciative tears, thank you.

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Whenever you want to talk about it do not hesitate to do it ... I know what you are suffering ...
Think of you! A big hug and all my love for you at this sad time. Cheers! Adela

30 Nov 2010 5:14pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very lovely :)

30 Nov 2010 5:37pm

Look13 from Marseille, France

Bonsoir.
Very simple but very beautiful capture.
A fabulous colors.
Good work;
gREAT CHEER;

30 Nov 2010 6:09pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

MY thoughts go out for you, loosing a true friend and confident which our pets often become and sounds like in this case is so distressing and emotionally draining, remember the fun times you shared and take the time you neeed

30 Nov 2010 6:41pm

Sina Sohi from Tehran, Iran

Beautiful !!

30 Nov 2010 6:49pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

30 Nov 2010 8:17pm

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Oh so sorry for this unexpected loss.
He seems to have been such a treasure and blessing in your lives.
Take care

30 Nov 2010 8:25pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a beautifully composed shot, especially with the darker weight
in the lower left of the frame to add drama.
How sorry I am to learn that you lost Beau. That must be heart-wrenching for you. So sad....

30 Nov 2010 11:35pm

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

“The problem with loving is that pets don't last long enough and people last too long.” My heart is heavy for you my friend. We'll be here for you when you're ready to visit again, take your time. A big hug to you....

1 Dec 2010 1:16am

Barbara from Florida, United States

I am very sorry to hear about your loss, Jack. There is something so uniquely special about a bond with a pet, you described them well. I understand just how difficult it is to part with your friend, right now you feel it will never be the same. But being with Beau and holding him in your arms is something you will forever be grateful for. I did the same with my cat Nicta who I had for 16 years. If it happened any other way it would be unsettling.
You did the right thing. You gave him a good life, and Beau has given you many wonderful memories.
Wishing you peace in your heart, my friend.

1 Dec 2010 3:38am

@Barbara: Thank you for your kindness. Beau was 13 yrs. 8 mon.; he should have lived until 16. But every moment was a precious gift.

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Beau. It's such a hard thing to lose an animal and I send you my best in your time of grief and healing. You did a very kind thing. I'm sure you will remember him always.

1 Dec 2010 4:37am

@Bettina: Thank you.

PATRICK from miramas, France

superb

1 Dec 2010 6:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely photo and awful news.

2 Dec 2010 3:35am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautiful shot... these trees have an appeal of their own...lovely colors

2 Dec 2010 4:53pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

i know Beau was your buddy in your photographic adventures many times..my condolence...take care....life goes on...

2 Dec 2010 4:56pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you.

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Nice image, love the colors!

6 Jan 2011 11:59am