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© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Vietnam veteran Howie Berg of Aspen, Colo., touches the facade of the Moving Vietnam Memorial while building it in Rio Grande Park in Aspen.

Why We Are Free: Remembering Those Who’ve Served

As a U.S. Navy veteran, I would like to thank all those who’ve served, and especially all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice upon the Altar of Freedom. Thank You.

Friend and Vietnam veteran Howie Berg touches the names of some of the fallen at The Moving Wall Vietnam Veteran Memorial:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Vietnam veteran Howie Berg of Aspen, Colo., touches the facade of the Moving Vietnam Memorial while building it in Rio Grande Park in Aspen.

Reading the names at The Moving Wall:
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A visitor at the Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall at Rio Grande Park reads names inscribed upon the memorial during its stop in Aspen, Colo.

Folding the flag during my dad’s funeral services at Fort Logan National Cemetery:
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The Fort Logan Burial Detail folds the flag over the urn of SSgt. (Ret.) Robert L. Conrad during services at the National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.

The Color Guard at the Pitkin County Veteran’s Memorial:
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - A USMC Color Guard performs during Memorial Day services at the Pitkin County Veteran's Memorial in Aspen, Colo.

Army “Old Guard” veteran Pepper Gomes of Aspen, Colo.

Lauren Twohig, left, Jake Ferlisi, and Sloan Stryker, of Aspen, Colo., listen to Veteran’s Day services.
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Lauren Twohig, 10, left,  Jake Ferlisi, 6, and Sloan Stryker, 11, of Aspen, Colo., listen to Veteran's Day services at the Pitkin County Veteran's Memorial.

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© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sporting his overalls from the infamous five-star hotel in Denver, Aldo Rincon of Aspen, Colo., fastens his snow board boot bindings before heading down Buttermilk Mountain to tackle the rails. The Mexican native said he bought the overalls from a thrift store in Denver.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

For this week’s weekly photo challenge, I chose an older photo due to the fact my computer has been down for the past week. Now that it’s up an running with a new hard drive, new track pad, and new OS, I’m good to go in keep fresh photos coming in.

In addition, I have a few blogs I was writing before the big snafu.

But to get things going here’s a photo that means “Escape” on different levels:
© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sporting his overalls from the infamous five-star hotel in Denver, Aldo Rincon of Aspen, Colo., fastens his snow board boot bindings before heading down Buttermilk Mountain to tackle the rails. The Mexican native said he bought the overalls from a thrift store in Denver.

This photo means several things to me:
1. The literal escape from jail.
2. The figurative escape from the everyday.
3. My escape to the slopes to simply enjoy life.

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My Twitter Props and Follow Friday Suggestions- Part 1

Each week on Twitter, I recommend some photographers I follow and post their links.

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A Maroon Creek Outfitters wrangler walks a horse as he prepares them for the day at the T Lazy 7 Ranch near Aspen, Colo.

Some of these folks are good friends I actually know, some are Twitter friends, and some are just cool photographers that have earned my respect.

Recently, Twitter banned my account due to “spamming a trending topic with unrelated links.” Here’s the post I wrote about it in: Wondering About My Lack of Tweets?

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A boy plays wth a sprinkler at the annual 4th of July Barbecue at the Aspen Firehouse in Aspen, Colo.

In a nutshell, when I do a Follow Friday suggestion it’s in this format:

#FF @Tweeter New England photographer based in New Bedofrd Mass, Bobby Jones: http://bit.ly/1234FGHJ

Something more substantial that lets people know why I follow them. A link to their portfolio and small description of who they are.

So, rather than fill my stream with suggestions, here are some great people.

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"MY SPOT!" this cat seems to be saying.

First and foremost:

@heidrae22  Heidi Rae Melcher: She’s the love of my life and tweets some funny stuff.

Great Friends:

@KimDoyleWille With her caring heart, she’s fights against hunger, poverty, and repression. she’s alos a very good photographer. Kim Doyle Wille. Check out her website: http://www.kimdoylewille.com

@carriepratt  Great #photojournalist & wedding #tog Carrie Pratt: http://studiobluimages.com

@yclphoto A great personal friend & wonderful Southern Kentucky #photojournalist Clinton Lewis: http://www.clintonlewis.com

@balancephotog & @rissam Two wonderful Baltimore area #togs Nate Corn & Rissa Miller: http://www.balancephotography.net

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With the distant Olympic Mountains in clear view, a man flies a kit during a rare bluebird day in Seattle, Wash., on Pier 63 at the waterfront.

@Geosphotos A great friend and #tog with mad PS skills George Kremer: http://photo.net/photos/GFKremer

@wilzfoto Aspen, Colo., area adventure, commercial & ski #tog Andrew Wilz – http://portfolio.frontlineimage.com/

@yunghi A wonderful New York based freelance photojournalist. Yunghi Kim works for publications such as Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report. She is a must follow with some very incredible work: http://www.yunghikim.com

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With the bright spring sun melting the snow around it, an early 1900s car slowly rusts to into the sands of time on a lot along Owl Creek Road outside of Aspen, Colo.

@pereiraphoto Mass. based photojournalist & 2011 New England Newspaper Assoc. Photographer of the Year Peter Pereira. He has a fantastic eye and running Photo of the Day. http://www.peterpereira.com/

That’s all for this Friday. Check back next Friday to for more.

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Practicing martial arts at Boardwalk Park in Bellingham, Wash.

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