Important: please keep your image under 700 pixels on the longest side for in-line viewing, and please keep the FILE SIZE UNDER 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site (at Flickr, Photobucket, your own site, etc). Are you new to this thread? The general guidelines for these Wednesday threads are right here:http://www.photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00W7km. This forum's moderators are allowing up to three images per week, so share some work!Hello Nikon folks, and a good Wednesday to everyone. Feeling introspective this week. Some here will know my interest in bird dogs and the people that give them their favorite work to do. Bruce is one of the many good souls I've met while chasing dogs around in the field. Salt of the earth, generous with his time and training expertise, and indulgent with this photographer. This past weekend he was 1400 miles away from home, taking dogs to an event, when his house and kennels burned to the ground in a devastating fire. He lost everything, including 20 beloved dogs - though his wife and two daughters are OK. As a measure of how well loved he is in the community of bird dog people, hundreds of them have dug deep and quickly raised a fund to help get his family back on their feet. His agony is acute, but his life of gentle good will and cheer is mirrored in the outpouring of support he's receiving. It's a nearly unbearable mix of tragedy and inspiration, and a reminder of how photography can forge connections. Below is a 2007 shot of Bruce and one of his treasured German Shorthair pups. Now, sorry to be so heavy on a lovely autumn Nikon Wednesday! There's nothing like the weekly tour through this thread's unfailingly interesting work to lighten the load. Share something that celebrates life!