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In Their Footsteps

15 Nov 2011
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"Slow progress - but getting there." I'm sure those exact words were said by the pioneers crossing the seemingly unending expanse of prairie. Along the trail they would be able to mark their progress as they passed landmarks such as "Chimney Rock", Court House Rock", "Scotts Bluff", ... just to name a few.

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to cross the vastness of this country before there were roads.  I can only imagine what it took to traverse the rugged prairie in a covered wagon.  You could see “nothing forever” but endless grass and sky.  Sometimes as I drive the now graded and paved roads I think of myself following the trail of the early pioneers … following the trail they blazed for me


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on 15 Nov 2011 9:45 PM

Very nice!

Lenerd wrote
on 15 Nov 2011 11:47 PM

Beautifull painting.It reminds me of our South African history where the Boer Settlers (Voortrekkers)used similar wagons, pulled by about 16 oxen, to take on the unknown wilderness from the Cape.They travelled over a 1000 km to the now Freestate,Gauteng,Natal and even Mozambique. On the way they were attack and murdered out by the Zoeloes,Xhosas and other tribes.At Bloodrivier one of these boer treks were attacked by about 20000 Zoeloes.275 Boers defeated them suffering only one wounded member themselves.During this 4 year journey they crossed the mighty Drakensberg on foot.A lot of men,woman and children did not make it but they persevered.Today their heroism only live on in the memories and hearts of the whites who still had the privelege to be taught this at school.

rency wrote
on 16 Nov 2011 1:25 AM
rency wrote
on 16 Nov 2011 1:27 AM

beutiful painting. I like paintings with a history or story to it. Good one.

curtis wood wrote
on 16 Nov 2011 7:19 AM

beautiful painting and great story.

Gene Cevasco wrote
on 16 Nov 2011 9:57 PM

Nice work.

MakVady wrote
on 18 Nov 2011 2:39 PM

Great job!!!

kostadin wrote
on 21 Nov 2011 5:43 PM

Wow! Stunning work!