Friday, April 18, 2014

Checking it twice


Fayetteville's Mitchell Dutton (33) takes a shot at the goal as Rogers goal keeper Ruben Balderes reaches to defend during the first half at Harmon Stadium in Fayetteville.

Accidents happen and mistakes get made, but in my line of work, those mistakes are costly. I very nearly filed this photograph with the wrong name for the Fayetteville player. I looked at the roster and somehow came up with the wrong name. It was only after going back through and checking my work that I found the mistake. Checking my work by going back to the beginning of the process of identifying who is in the photograph is a habit that I have been in for a while and every time it allows me to avoid an error, I am so thankful.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Isaac Newton was a wimp


Farmington's Adam Ness slides in safely at the plate as Pea Ridge catcher Blake Cotton fields the late throw from the field during the first inning at Farmington High.

I was asked to cover the baseball and softball games between the two schools that were going on simultaneously on fields adjacent to one another. It's an easy enough task, but it makes getting a meaningful photograph difficult since I can't stay at the game for very long before I have to leave to go to the other game. Very often we are asked to be in two places at once, and though it's not my favorite thing to do, we have to make the best of it. I'd prefer to stay at the game to develop a feel and understanding for the game, but sometimes we just have to get something that works.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lost


Gary Enzor, recycling coordinator for facilities management at the University of Arkansas, loads bags of recyclables at the Office of Sustainability on the university campus in Fayetteville. The Office of Sustainability sponsored the university's participation in the 14th annual nationwide RecycleMania event which features 461 schools in 50 states where schools compete to collect recyclables. The University of Arkansas effort collected 2,080 pounds of paper and 3,300 gallons of cans and bottles in the two-month-long event that concluded on at the end of March.

Because the desk had a question of some sort about this photograph, they did not run it, so this unfortunately never saw the light of day. Someone from Little Rock called my office phone that night to ask me, but by the time I got that message in the morning it was too late. That happens, and though I have no idea what the question could be and don't see what could have possibly been so worrisome as to hold the photograph, it's part of the job.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Go-to guys


Mike Johnston of Russellville pulls ribs off a grill outside Baum Stadium in Fayetteville prior to the start of the Razorbacks' game with top-ranked South Carolina. Johnston and his group of friends have been tailgating outside the stadium since 2000 and feed fans as they walk past.

When I really need a photograph from a university baseball game and nothing is going on inside, I hang out with the guys who tailgate outside the stadium. They've been doing this for years and always help me out by letting me watch them cook and maybe feeding me a bit here and there as well.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lesson


Phil McMeans, a University of Arkansas freshman from Waco, Texas, works on a road bicycle at the University Redreation Outdoor Connection Center in the HPER building on the university campus in Fayetteville. In addition to providing outdoor opportunities, the center offers full-service bicycle repair and maintenance to members of the campus community.

I've always been a person who timbers and enjoys working on my own things. I've never had a lot and what I have normally started out as someone else's junk that I fixed up. Bicycles are no exception to this. My first was a black Schwinn that my mother purchased at a yard sale for $15. I taught myself to ride it using the one training wheel it had to steady myself as I rode in tight circles on our back deck. I fixed it up  and rode it for years. It was never as cool in my mind as my friends' dirt bikes, but I appreciate now the value of having put it back together for myself. My parents always regret being unable to give us the extravagances that our friends always seemed to get, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scale


Leela Ross, 9, of Fayetteville reaches to place into the ground one of 533 pinwheels into the ground outside the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville, one for every child who received services from the Children's Safety Center in 2013. The center provides local law enforcement, child protection professionals and medical and mental health services a way to work together to help address child abuse in the area.

Putting a number to something like how many kids the center helped in one year is important, but understanding what the number really looks like might be even more so. Seeing 533 of anything, especially something like a pinwheel, puts that sort of number into perspective and serves as a sobering thought to the work that these people do.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Good folks


Jim Martin of Springdale casts into the White River near Goshen while fishing for white bass. Fishermen were out fishing for white bass from boats and from the riverbank.

It's fair to say that I meet a lot of people during a day at work, and so many of them are so nice to me. It's the best part of my job, really. I put Martin at the top of the list. He is such a good man who I enjoyed talking with. He's somewhat new to the area, but I have a feeling he'll have no problem making friends here.