My eye caught a dark form lying on the river bottom. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I had stumbled upon. Lying peacefully in the shallow waters of the river, only a few meters from shore, was a full-grown cougar. The contrast between the serenity of the scene I was witnessing and what must have played out here in the cougar’s final moments made me shiver. It was the first shiver of many, as I stripped down and waded out into the icy water to get this shot. x
The U.S. will soon begin to open combat positions to women. That’s already the case in Israel, where women say it is an important step but doesn’t guarantee full equality. The military’s upper echelons remain male-dominated.
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