Thursday, December 5, 2013
Becky Harris, a worker at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, scrapes the windshield of her minivan in a parking lot near her work at the biology department on the university campus.
We are socked by ice and very cold temperatures a day after it was 63 degrees and beautiful. From what I hear from the weather folks, the worst is yet to come as well.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Bryant Reed, left, Tommy Hassell, Mike Hillian, Josh Myers, Bobby Stewart and Ken Weathers, all workers with the Washington County Road Department, work to install a snow plow onto one of the county's dump trucks as preparations are made for wintry weather that is expected to arrive today.
After the ice storm of 2009, everyone in town has a hair trigger when it comes to ice and snow. No conversation, it seemed, occurred today without the mention of the impending weather change. It was 63 degrees and sunny today, but as I type this, the temperature has fallen well below that and a dark horizon hangs in the west. I suspect by the time I wake up in the morning, it will be really rotten weather.
Snow makes for long days in my business. I'll be living in a 1976 Chevrolet pickup truck for the next few days I suppose.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Miles Jorgensen, 2, of Fayetteville laughs as he throws rocks into Niokaska Creek in Gulley Park in Fayetteville. The Jorgensens decided to go to the park to enjoy the fair weather ahead of the expected wintry weather set to come in at the end of the week.
|Blake Jorgensen, 1999|
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tanya Clayburn of West Fork helps her daughter, Alexa Clayburn, 6, as she uses a sponge to paint Santa Claus' face on the side of a can during the Santa Holiday Workshop at the Community Creative Center at the Nadine Baum Studios in Fayetteville. The center is preparing for its sixth annual Holiday Bazaar planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.
When telling my wife about going to this workshop and that it was so kids could make items, presumably to serve as gifts for their parents, her eyes began to roll into the back of her head. The idea of receiving the gift of something made by my child has always been a nice one to consider, but of course, I didn't raise any children.
"There's only so many macaroni necklaces you can stand," she said.
Then I thought of all of the probably really awful things that I made for my folks before I started working and making enough money to buy them something. I remember a bulldozer that I gave my father that was made of blocks of wood and painted orange with a can of spray paint. It sat on the bookshelf for years in our house, a place of honor. Now I wonder if he would have rather have had a bag of nails, his favorite request when asked what he would like for Christmas.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Luke Dubbell, 5, of Oklahoma City, Okla., uses a broom Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, to clean inside a pen around alpacas owned by his grandparents, owners of Our Field of Dreams Alpaca Ranch in Earlsborow, Okla., during the sixth annual Alpaca Show at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena in Fayetteville.
I of course had to speak to Luke's grandfather to make sure it was OK to use his photograph and to get his name and age. In doing so, I met one of the nicest people I have met in a while. What a sweet man. I gave him my card in the event that he doesn't get to see the photograph since he's from out of state and I hope he calls. It would be a pleasure to send him this one.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Fayetteville Fire Department personnel work to extinguish a fire at a home at 1905 W. Stone St. in Fayetteville as an electrical service line arcs in the home's driveway.
As I walked up, I could hear popping coming from the home and as I neared the scene, neighbors were talking about all of the gunshots they had been hearing. When our reporter arrived, she was being told by several neighbors that there were gunshots and children had been seen running away in fear. Those 'shots' were just the service line arcing and making popping sounds. At first I thought of how silly this was, that such a rumor could have gotten started. Then I thought of how nice it is to live in a neighborhood where the most logical explanation for popping sounds would never be gunshots.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Ryan Salsbury of Fayetteville leans against a fence while waiting in line to take advantage of Black Friday deals at the Best Buy store in Fayetteville.
Part of what we as newspaper photographers do is learn to work with what we have and not change our surroundings when shooting. It is considered unethical to do so. Most times, if there is something annoying in the scene that we are shooting, it seems like with a little work it can be used to an advantage. By the time all is said and done, what was something we wished wasn't there — like the light that the local television crew thoughtlessly left on and near the line — becomes something to be thankful for because it made the photograph better.