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Driving down Orondo Street a few weeks ago I noticed white squares painted on the street at various locations. Having lived here long enough, I knew that the street department was getting ready for its annual job of painting apples along the Apple Blossom Festival parade route.

On the first day of March, I spotted water puddles on the infield of Sterling Intermediate School’s softball fields. Knowing that’s where Eastmont’s team practiced and that they had just started the day before, I was wondering how they would manage.

Here's the second installment of a new feature I've started in my Living Images column, identifying what I think are the best photographs published during the month.

To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to covering this year’s Apple Blossom Royalty Selection Pageant. With the third and most challenging location to make photographs in three years, I dreaded the problems I thought I would have taking photographs at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

We are starting a new monthly feature this year with a look back at what I think are my best images of the month. It gives me a chance to give a little more detail about the photographs. I’m putting the images in chronological order.

If you want to see some fun, athletic and sometimes crazy basketball, you should check out the Wenatchee Valley College men’s team. I honestly haven’t seen so many slam dunks in the Wenatchee Valley before, and it isn’t just 6-foot-nine-inch Isaac Jones putting them down.

Looking back over a year's worth of work is a daunting challenge. With thousands of moments I've seen and been able to capture with this thing called photography, it makes me nervous to say, "these are my best." I know there are many more stories and people and interactions I've made that I …

Mike Bonnicksen came to the photography department in February of 1984. Like former photographer Kelly Gillin and myself, he was hired with the recommendation of then darkroom technician John Barta to do his job on Saturdays. Mike’s talent for capturing a story-telling moment propelled him t…

A few weeks ago The Wenatchee World received an email from Pastor Steve Haney with Christ Center Church in Cashmere telling us that his church was opening its new building on Sunday, Oct. 24, inviting us to do a story.

The out-of-the-ordinary heat wave we had last week came with great photographic opportunities showing how people were coping.

In a now common, spring-time sight, bands of white, ghost trees form layers up the Wenatchee Valley hillsides. White paint shoots out of sprayers being pulled by tractors, coating everything including the orchardists’ clothing.

Last week was an unexpectedly crazy one for me. I toured Eastmont and Wenatchee high schools on Monday and Tuesday after thinking the public hasn’t seen what it’s like since they were opened up to students a month ago.

Apple Blossom’s top 10 royalty selection was held last week and organizers were able to make the event seem somewhat normal even with girls masking when together and no one in the audience at the Performing Arts Center.

I’ve become somewhat of a historian at The Wenatchee World, not because I have any unique abilities; it’s more that I’m historical, having breathed Wenatchee’s apple-scented air for over 60 years.

The time between Christmas and New Years may just be the slowest news week of the year. It’s hard to get in touch with people, school is out, and many families are hunkered down in their warm houses.

A defining part of a photojournalist’s job is that we are consumed with capturing moments in time that tell a story in an interesting way. Planning, intuition and anticipation are the tools I use to be at the right place at the right time.

Vale Elementary School principal Sean McKenna let me inside the school Tuesday to photograph what it’s like for students and teachers to operate under COVID-19 restrictions.

It was good to get back to shooting high school sports this week even though it was a practice with a strange twist to start, and for a sport that won’t be played in competition until next spring.

I can’t say it’s ever been a goal of mine to ride a float down a street. I suppose if I thought it was even possible, it might be on my barrel list – interesting but less important than my bucket list.

I traveled to Bridgeport this week to photograph PUD crews replacing power poles damaged in the recent wildfires in Okanogan and Douglas counties. I found dedicated workers in a stark, black landscape devoid of any vegetation.

I had the opportunity to join Kylee Boggs and her volunteer crew while they shot off fireworks from the Walla Walla Point Park island on Saturday night, finally getting the chance after a few years of being offered.

This coming week marks a year of Living Images columns since I restarted a website feature at wenatcheeworld.com that gives me a chance to talk about documenting life in North Central Washington through photojournalism.

This past week, Eastmont High School held a drive-thru cap and gown photography session to prepare for their virtual graduation on June 5 and to have a celebration of sorts for the graduates.

Earlier this week I headed to a storage area of The Wenatchee World building where bound volumes of every issue of The World is kept in a dark room on wooden shelves. I was looking for issues from October 1918, through February of 1919, finding stories from The Wenatchee Daily World that doc…

I’m learning new boundaries of being safe while I’m working. As the only person in our newsroom who is continually in the public, I am always thinking about how to photograph the historical moments that define what our community is going through while not sacrificing my safety and the safety…

I’m looking back over my month’s worth of work and seeing the vivid difference a few weeks makes in our lives when something like a pandemic strikes. I take it as partly my responsibility to document the changes going on in the Wenatchee Valley.

With the forecast for a winter storm this weekend, I went searching for a weather photograph Wednesday afternoon as gusts of wind swept through the Wenatchee Valley.

I’ve been to three elementary schools in the last couple of weeks, covering assemblies and special events. One thing I’ve noticed while looking back at the final edit of photographs is that the more creative pictures need a supporting image to bring context to the photo story.

When it comes to photographing onstage performances, I find myself spending most of my time backstage instead of in the audience. In the last week, I’ve had four of these occasions.

Every year we publish a page of the Apple Blossom top ten candidate biographies with their official photograph to preview this coming Saturday’s selection night.

Part of my job as a photojournalist is to edit my photographs down to one or two that accurately reflect a subject or event. As an example, Thursday night’s wrestling match between Wenatchee and Eastmont ended with an Eastmont victory for the girls, a Wenatchee one for the boys.

I received word from Wenatchee Valley College that the major demolition of Wells Hall on campus was starting last Tuesday. I had some time later that morning and headed over, looking for something different from the photo I captured on Dec. 16. On that day, workers had shown up to begin taki…

A week ago I ended up shooting a lot of what we call Stand Alone Photos or Caption Line Only Photos (CLOs). Basically, they are photographs that can run on their own without a long story but with caption information instead. They tell a story or present a slice of life of our community on th…

Before Wenatchee World Librarian Linda Barta retired, she took Managing Editor Russ Hemphill and myself on a tour of the company's archives including our bound volumes that contain every newspaper we have published in print since the early 1900s, our collection of staff negatives and DVDs fr…

I went to a Christmas ornament making class at the Wenatchee museum Wednesday night looking for a photograph, not sure what to expect. I thought I might end up with a pretty typical photo of a person concentrating, colorful pieces of glass in their hands. I try to be open to whatever happens…

Transitions of seasons and changes in weather bring an opportunity to photograph what photojournalists call “weather features.” Finding weather features can be one of the most frustrating parts of our job, but I enjoy the challenge of it and the joy of finding a unique image.

When election time arrives I'm pessimistic about getting an interesting photograph of the process. There aren't too many unique opportunities and candidates usually aren't very animated. This year was better than most.

I’m always a bit nervous before covering the downtown Halloween trick or treat event because I’m never sure what I’ll find. What I’ve discovered over the years though is that if I’m focused and patient there can be some wonderful photographs to be found.

Earlier this month on a Monday I called the Wenatchee Museum & Cultural Center to see if someone was getting the building ready for their Haunted Museum. I had received an invitation to browse the finished haunt later that week but I wanted to get something published earlier to give the …

There are some photo stories that just take time to shoot. I work days, weeks, months, sometimes years in advance working with the people I’m going to photograph to figure out the day/time that I could show up and start documenting what’s interesting in their lives.