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From the “A Mighty Girl” Facebook page:"13-year-old Ashol-Pan is only known golden eagle huntress in the world. Among the Kazakh people of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia, hunting with golden eagles has been a way of life for thousands of years and boys begin to learn how to hunt for foxes and hares with the birds starring around age 13. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of celebrated hunter Han Gohadok, is the only known female to be trained in the tradition. Ashol-Pan’s eldest brother was going to be trained to take on the family’s hunting duties but, after he was drafted into the army, Ashol-Pan expressed interest in carrying on the tradition and is now an apprentice hunter. The Kazakhs are the only people that hunt with Asian Golden Eagles, and today there are around 400 practicing falconers. Photographer Asher Svidensky recently traveled through the Altai mountains and captured an incredible series of photos of Ashol-Pan and her eagle. He also took photos of several boys being trained and recalled: “To see [Ashol-Pan] with the eagle was amazing. She was a lot more comfortable with it, a lot more powerful with it and a lot more at ease with it.”To view more of Svidensky’s incredible photos of this trailblazing Mighty Girl, visit the BBC athttp://bbc.in/1qXqSLyFor hundreds of true stories of female trailblazers in a wide range of fields, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Model” biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biographyFor stories about girls and their love of animals, visit our “Animals & Nature” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/general-interest/animals-nature?cat=393If your Mighty Girl is fascinated by the natural world or you’d like to encourage her interest, check out our blog post, “Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Wildlife Biologist!”, filled with our recommendations for girl-empowering books, toys, and clothing at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=6004 Photo: Asher Svidensky Photography /Caters News Agency”

From the “A Mighty Girl” Facebook page:
"13-year-old Ashol-Pan is only known golden eagle huntress in the world. Among the Kazakh people of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia, hunting with golden eagles has been a way of life for thousands of years and boys begin to learn how to hunt for foxes and hares with the birds starring around age 13. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of celebrated hunter Han Gohadok, is the only known female to b
e trained in the tradition. 

Ashol-Pan’s eldest brother was going to be trained to take on the family’s hunting duties but, after he was drafted into the army, Ashol-Pan expressed interest in carrying on the tradition and is now an apprentice hunter. The Kazakhs are the only people that hunt with Asian Golden Eagles, and today there are around 400 practicing falconers. 

Photographer Asher Svidensky recently traveled through the Altai mountains and captured an incredible series of photos of Ashol-Pan and her eagle. He also took photos of several boys being trained and recalled: “To see [Ashol-Pan] with the eagle was amazing. She was a lot more comfortable with it, a lot more powerful with it and a lot more at ease with it.”

To view more of Svidensky’s incredible photos of this trailblazing Mighty Girl, visit the BBC athttp://bbc.in/1qXqSLy

For hundreds of true stories of female trailblazers in a wide range of fields, visit A Mighty Girl’s “Role Model” biography section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/history-biography/biography

For stories about girls and their love of animals, visit our “Animals & Nature” section at http://www.amightygirl.com/books/general-interest/animals-nature?cat=393

If your Mighty Girl is fascinated by the natural world or you’d like to encourage her interest, check out our blog post, “Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Wildlife Biologist!”, filled with our recommendations for girl-empowering books, toys, and clothing at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=6004 

Photo: Asher Svidensky Photography /Caters News Agency”

"The Kiss of Death"The most famous statue piece inside Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain. Jaume Barbra, 1930.From Wikipedia:"The sculpture depicts death, in the form of a winged skeleton, planting a kiss on the forehead of a handsome young man. The sculpture elicits varying responses from the people that view it: is it ecstasy on the face of the young man, or resignation?”

"The Kiss of Death"
The most famous statue piece inside Poblenou Cemetery in Barcelona, Spain. Jaume Barbra, 1930.
From Wikipedia:
"The sculpture depicts death, in the form of a winged skeleton, planting a kiss on the forehead of a handsome young man. The sculpture elicits varying responses from the people that view it: is it ecstasy on the face of the young man, or resignation?”

Great Halloween photo from my friend Meg of her grandfather in 1944. Thank you so much for letting me share this ridiculously scary picture!… I think the costumes were definitely creepier when they were home made agreed? 

Great Halloween photo from my friend Meg of her grandfather in 1944. Thank you so much for letting me share this ridiculously scary picture!

… I think the costumes were definitely creepier when they were home made agreed? 

Mayan artwork depicting a heart removal.Mayan art is fairly well known for it’s depictions of sacrifice and dismemberment of captives and sacrificial victims.

Mayan artwork depicting a heart removal.
Mayan art is fairly well known for it’s depictions of sacrifice and dismemberment of captives and sacrificial victims.

This image shows the stumps of trees which were cut down by The Donner Party at the Alder Creek site in 1866. The height of the stumps indicates the height of the snow at that time. The Alder Creek site was where the Donner camp was and where the most cannibalism took case. 

This image shows the stumps of trees which were cut down by The Donner Party at the Alder Creek site in 1866. The height of the stumps indicates the height of the snow at that time. 
The Alder Creek site was where the Donner camp was and where the most cannibalism took case. 

Patty Reed & her family were part of the now infamous Donner Party, who were trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Truckee (now Donner) Lake on their way a new future in California. Of the 87 total wagon train members only 48 survived to reach California, Patty Reed, only 8 years old at the time of the ordeal, was one of those lucky travelers. 
Despite being told by her family to cache anything of value, Patty managed to stow away her favorite doll in the layers of her skirt. The Donner Party, forced to starvation in their snowbound hell turned to consume bones, bits of leather and hide and finally human flesh to sustain themselves. While not all members of the party claim to have dined on the deceased, more than 20 party members who had died were found to have been victims of cannibalism. 

From Patrick Breen’s Diary:
"The Donners, 4 days ago, told the California folks that they [would] commence to eat the dead people if they did not succeed, that day or next, in finding their cattle, [which were] then under ten or twelve feet of snow, & [the Donners] did not know the spot or near it; I suppose they have done so ere this time.

While it is not known if the doll is actually haunted, it is certainly easy to see how it could be. Imagining the horrible sights it and it’s owner may have had to endure. The doll is now on display at the Sutter’s Fort State Historical Park Museum in Sacramento, CA a macabre reminder of man’s folly. 

Ghosts of the SS Watertown

Of course all the volumes are great. I remember being shown the photo from Savanah on a ghost tour. 

The Qiantang River in China and it’s bay are known for the world’s largest tidal bore, which is where the leading edge of the incoming tide up a river or narrow bay with that body of water’s current. Very few of these turbulent, strong surging waters exist in the world and often create enormous waves and a loud rumbling noise that can be heard from far distances.
Waves on the Qiantang River can reach heights of 30 feet and cause much destruction, but that doesn’t keep millions of people annually from attending their Tide-Watching Festival.

"David & Goliath" c. 1599 &
"David With the Head Of Goliath" c.1610
Both pieces by one of my all time favorite painters, Caravaggio.

"Then David ran and stood beside him. He took Goliath’s sword out of its holder and killed him by cutting off his head." 1 Samuel 17:51