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Five Months in Charleston

Fog rolls off the Ohio River beside the Ravenswood Bridge that connects Meigs County, Ohio, to Ravenswood, West Virginia, Thursday morning, October 15, 2015. 


Here are some photos from my fifth month of being a Charleston resident. It certainly doesn't feel like I've been living here for that long. I started my job at the Charleston Gazette-Mail in late spring and now winter is almost upon us. The landscape is changing, the leaves are turning brown and crispy before being knocked off the trees completely on rainy or windy days.Time continues to pass faster and faster. Halloween is over and now it's on to Thanksgiving, Christmas and a new year! 

Sheep graze on farm land near the side of the road in Randolph County, West Virginia, October 4, 2015. 

Bob Weiford stands at the grave site of Dr. John P. Hale, mayor of Charleston in 1870 and a key figure in establishing the town, in Spring Hill Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon, October 13, 2015. Weiford will impersonate Hale during the Charleston’s Founding Fathers event at the cemetery for FestiFall on Sunday, October 25, from 1-4 p.m.

Found while looking for fall foliage in Davis, West Virginia, October 4, 2015. 

John Henry Dunlap plays with decorative skeleton arms he stole from a fake yard grave before the start of the City of Charleston's designated Trick-or-Treat night on the East End, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday evening, October 29, 2015. He, his older sister and other children traveled in a big group went from house to house to collect candy through out the evening. 

Jessica Brisendine and her daughter Sophia Brisendine, 7, pose as zombies before preparing to fill Lee Street with other zombies journeying from Moxxee Coffee on Morris Street to Elizabeth Street on the East End of Charleston, Saturday evening, October 31, 2015. 

A gorilla mask hangs on top of a wedding dress bag near the time clock area as an employee walks through the door at Gunnoe Farms Sausage and Salad on Oakridge Drive in Charleston, Friday, October 30, 2015. 

Carolyn Zain, a resident of the East End for 29 years, passes out candy and pretzels to children of all ages during the City of Charleston's designated Trick-or-Treat night on the East End, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday evening, October 29, 2015. "Kids will do anything for candy," she remarked, as she watched a boy hop along the streets on crutches.

Winfield Middle School students brought a Donald "Trumpkin" with them to watch the 17th Annual Capitol City Pumpkin Drop at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, Thursday, October 15, 2015. More than twelve hundred students from 39 schools located in 12 West Virginia counties participated in the event. The pumpkins were judged by a team of faculty and staff from BridgeValley Community and Technical College, who will determine whether the pumpkins stayed intact and the proximity to the target.

General Manager Wayne Pence weighs freshly packaged sausage after it comes out of the K Pack sealing machine at Gunnoe Farms Sausage and Salad on Oakridge Drive in Charleston, Friday, October 30, 2015. Gunnoe Farms is a 68-year-old company that specializes in sausages and meat salads. 

Charleston Ballet Company performs with the Columbia Ballet Company during a dress rehearsal at the Civic Center Little Theater in Charleston, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. 

Charleston's Becoming Home

Here's to over four months of working and living in Charleston, WV. It's becoming home. 


A sailboat makes it's way around Summersville Lake on Saturday afternoon, August 22, 2015. 

Rafters make their way down Sweet's Falls, one of the many class five rapids, on the Upper Gauley River Friday, September 11, 2015. Hundreds of people carrying kayaks and commercial rafts converged on the base of the Summerville Dam Friday morning for the start of the 22-day Gauley River whitewater season. ** To see GoPro video from my trip down the Gauley River and to read Anna Patrick's first-hand experience story go here: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150917/GZ05/150919532 ** 

Cory Hughes of Huntington breathes fire as Loren Jordan (right) and others crowd around to watch his fire show performance during the 2015 Southeast Tourism Society’s Fall Forum Opening Night street party on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston, Tuesday evening, September 8, 2015. Over 200 tourism professionals have traveled to Charleston to attend the Southeast Tourism Society's Fall Forum from September 8-10.

Sophia Vance, 3, climbs up a tall slide as her sister Olivia Vance, 6, glides down it at Ken Ellis Memorial Park in Campbells Creek, Monday afternoon, September 21, 2015. Their grandmother Mary Slone brought the kids and a neighbor's daughter to the park to play after doing homework. 

People stop to chat and look at classic cars during the 2nd annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival held at the Summersville Lake Retreat in Mount Nebo, Saturday, August 22, 2015. Besides the classic car cruise-in, the event included live music, food tents, 50/50 raffles. 

Gretchen Halloran, a 16-year-old junior at George Washington High School, holds her World’s Champion of Champions ribbon as she stands among countless other ribbons she has received for horseback riding in the bedroom of her father and stepmother’s home on Monday evening, September 14, 2015. Halloran won the prestigious world title at the World’s Championship Horse Show held at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Kentucky, from Aug. 22-29. 

Katy Brennan of Lexington, (right) and Heather Neace of Ashland, (right) chant "love wins" towards protestors holding up signs in support of Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County who refused to issue marriage licenses, as they stand outside the Carl Perkins Federal Building, where Davis was ordered to appear in front of a federal court judge in Ashland, Kentucky, Thursday, September 3, 2015. 

Members of the Nitro High School band celebrate loudly after winning the Festival Grand Champion title during the 69th annual Gazette-Mail Kanawha County Majorette & Band Festival on Laidley Field, Tuesday evening, September 22, 2015. By winning the title of grand champion in the festival, Nitro became the first school in 11 years to take the coveted honor away from Capital High, which had earned the event’s top honor each year since 2004.

Runners participating in the 15-mile race make their way across the Southside Bridge during the 43rd annual Charleston Distance Run in Charleston, Saturday morning, September 5, 2015. 

A runner cools off under one of the showers provided by West Virginia American Water after participating in the Charleston Distance Run that ended at Laidley Field in Charleston, Saturday morning, September 5, 2015.

Bryan Morseman, 29, of Bath, NY, uses an ice cold towel to cool off after running over the finish line at the 1 hour and 22 minute mark, making him the first person to finish the 15-mile race, during the 43rd annual Charleston Distance Run in Charleston, Saturday morning, September 5, 2015. Morseman runs races throughout the country to pay medical costs for his son, Leeim, who has spina bifida.


Reporter Anna Patrick and I worked on a story about a Senior basketball team that plays together every Wednesday and Friday for a couple hours at a time in a small church gym on the west side of Charleston. All of them are ages 60+ and they could probably run circles around me on the court. I documented their practice a couple times and then decided I wanted to try making portraits of them as well. In the end, I preferred the portraits because I thought the personalities of the guys came out much clearer. 

 ** The story and a video I did can be can be seen here: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150927/GZ05/150929676/1116  **

Harold Vealey, 77-years-old, and Fred Duffield, 80 years-old. 

Frank Snyder, 73-years-old. 

Sam Dye, 78-years-old, and Tommy Miller, 71-years-old. 


One afternoon I got a text from my editor saying "we have a cat up a tree story for you to do." I thought it was a euphemism for some silly assignment, little did I know he was being completely serious. Poor Sylvester was stuck in a tree for over 12 days. After our story ran, a tree cutter named Clifton Moss showed up to to the Coopers' home for a successful rescue mission. The photos weren't amazing, but I enjoyed having a cat photo of mine on A1. 

Three months in WV

A view from my plane window of Charleston, West Virginia, as I flew out of town for a weekend trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, Thursday evening, July 30, 2015. 


As of August 19, I have been living and working in Charleston, WV, for three months. The dust has finally settled from the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail newspaper merger. I'm excited to say I will be staying in my position as a staff photographer. These are some photos from my daily assignments and personal adventures over the last month. 


A woman looks at a picture of the West Virginia State Capitol building on her phone as she takes a break from socializing and sipping on a drink during Girls Night Out, an event hosted by YWCA, at the Culture Center in the WV Capitol Complex in Charleston, from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015. The event was held in support of the YWCA's mission to eliminate domestic violence in the community. The purchase of tickets, $125 per person through July 31 or $150 at the door, included food, drinks, and access to entertainment and silent auction items. 

An assortment of beers are pictured from a new brewery that recently opened in Davis West Virginia, called Stumptown Ales. From left to right: Easy Blonde, a light ale, Lefty Lucy, an American Lager, Porter? I Barley Knew Her, a Porter, and Holy Citra, a double IPA. 

Cole Hand blasts out of a bunker during the second round of the West Virginia Open at Berry Hills Country Club, Thursday afternoon, July 23. 

People of all ages slowly float around and on whitewater rafting boats provided by Adventures on the Gorge, an outdoor adventure trip company based at New River Gorge, as they make their way down the New River past Fayette Station in Fayetteville, Sunday, July 26, 2015. 

A doe named Delilah is tame and will let the Bowser family  pet her frequently at their deer farm, Dungeon Hollow Farm, located in Wood County, West Virginia. The Bowser family began their deer farming business in 2006 after building fences 8 feet tall to keep the deer behind their home. They have about 50 whitetail deer roaming around in the fenced in land behind their home. 

A herd of whitetail deer walk toward a feeding trough filled with a mix of corn and protein pellets at Dungeon Hollow Farm in Wood County, Thursday evening, August 6, 2015. The Bowser family buys their feed locally from Ward Farm Supply store in Parkersburg. Recent changes to state law have deer farmers in West Virginia optimistic about their future. 

Macee Ours, my young cousin, climbs on the fence outside her home in Scherr, West Virginia, Sunday afternoon, August 9, 2015. 

Fog dissipates behind my grandparents' garden as the sun slowly begins to peak out in Scherr, West Virginia, Monday morning, August 10, 2015. 

My grandmother uses her shirt to carry a bundle of tomatoes she picked from the garden in Scherr, West Virginia, Monday morning, August 10, 2015. 

Macee is greeted by four collie puppies that were born at the beginning of June at my relatives' home in Scherr, West Virginia, Sunday, August 9, 2015.