I know my friend's death seems tragic, but if there's a blessing in how she went it would be that she was in the great outdoors, in water and helping another individual. That's what Julie LOVED! I got to know her from the great community of photographers here in Minnesota that found each other on a photography forum called Open Source Photo (OSP). She, Johnny, and I planned a huge event here in St. Paul at my house last year. We had about 30 photographers for the 3 day event in which we did photo shoots and had meetings on the business side of the photography business. Julie and I shared several lunches and coffees together over the last year, and I was so impressed by the beauty of the kind of person she was - so upbeat, positive, funny, and she was an excellent writer, too. Her Christmas card was one of my favorites this past season in which she had a beautiful image she shot of a spruce tree with snow in her yard with the moonlight in the distance. Her writing on the other side was some of the most beautiful I had ever read. See her website and blog for more musings.
I will surely miss Julie, but her spirit will forever live in my heart!