Just another outdoorsy picture…September 15, 2012
This is one of those images (taken by Timmy O’Neill) worth a thousand words; something resonates about this image overlooking the Jackson ‘Hole’, taken from the summit of the Grand, Sept. 11, 2012. It’s Chad Jukes, friend of the Outdoor Industry, Paradox Sports and the world. He’s apparently hindered somehow by being a lower leg amputee, but I don’t see much evidence of that here. Doesn’t affect his trumpeting either, I can attest. But it does deepen the meaning and resonance of the image for outdoor professionals and for Americans that he lost it serving our country in Iraq. It’s the ultimate expression of personal freedom, blowing his trumpet triumphantly from that lofty mountaintop perch.
It’s way after the 11th anniversary of 9/11, but this shot is truly timeless. What does it mean to you?