I’ve been going through a lot of photos I’ve taken in the past few months because I feel like I have been remiss in my posting. Here are some photos from a story we did on a whale that washed up on the shore in Matagorda a while back.
It was a really eventful day, we drove down early in the morning to get there at sunrise and then walked four miles to find the whale. The group doing the autopsy was really friendly and didn’t mind me taking all kinds of shots as they worked. Here are a few of my favorites. Please note, some of these may be a little graphic for those that are sensitive.
Volunteers perform a necropsy on a baleen whale that washed up on the beach in Matagorda.
Christopher Whitehead, 33, of Galveston, left, and Trish Hessel, 40, of College Station, perform a necropsy on a baleen whale that washed up on the beach in Matagorda. Whitehead and Hessel were two of the volunteers with The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Volunteers attempt to move a baleen whale more inland from where it washed up on the beach in Matagorda.
Spent time with this family last week as they tried to salvage some belongings from the ashes of their home. Thankfully everyone got out of the house, but just about everything was destroyed by the fire.
Rachel Lira, left, and Pete Lira, right, sift through the wreckage of their living room to try and salvage items after a fire consumed their home Monday morning in Nursery.
A couple of my favorite shots from a pep rally the other day where a teacher had to kiss a piglet as part of a fundraiser. Click here to read the story.
Vanessa Pena, left, reacts as Brenda Prochaska, 7th grade reading teacher, right, kisses the pig during the pep rally at Stroman Middle School Tuesday afternoon. Prochaska won the kissing rights to the pig by raising the most money with 69 votes by students in a fundraiser for the National Junior Honors Society.
Kane Mendieta, front, and Wallace McNary, back, are raised up in the huddle by their teammates at the end of the pep rally at Stroman Middle School Tuesday afternoon.
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Ruth Coffey, 7, climbs onto her horse Bud at the The Riding Therapy Center of Victoria.
Ruth Coffey, 7, laughs while she rides Bud during therapy at the The Riding Therapy Center of Victoria.
Ruth Coffey, 7, does sit ups as she rides around the arena at The Riding Therapy Center of Victoria. Different exercises work on different muscle groups. Ruth also laid down, kneeled, sat with her legs crossed and trotted on Bud as part of her session.
Ruth Coffey, 7, rides by her family (from left) Jimmy, 6, waves, her father David Coffey, middle, and Joseph, 4, right, during horse therapy at The Riding Therapy Center of Victoria
Ruth Coffey, 7, rides around the arena at the The Riding Therapy Center of Victoria.
Gota love random little moments during everyday assignments.
Joshua Williamson, 7, of Victoria, right, makes a face as he follows Ralph Jaschke, 62, of Victoria, left, as Jaschke leads the class in stretches at the American Karate Institute in Victoria. Jascke is the owner of the martial arts studio and is hosting his 99th tournament Saturday. Jaschke says he loves hosting the tournaments. “It’s my fun thing to do, I like to put them on for the kids.” he said.
Last week Ortega and I spent a morning out in Placedo for the filming of a historical documentary. Nothing more fun than horses, people dressed up in old-timey costumes and film crews to make an assignment engaging. Despite all that, the photo that really struck me after the day was this moment between one of the actors and a horses during down time in between scenes. I just really loved this affectionate moment.
The other day while on assignment at a living history event for Texas independence day, this camel laid down to relax (i’m assuming, I don’t have super camel powers where I can communicate with them.) It looks pretty comfortable and I found the photo amusing, though the phrase “dead camel” went around the office a few times, it was still one of my favorite photos from the day.
This one because of this young lady’s expression, came in a close second:
A couple weeks ago Dianna Wray and I covered a murder trial in Goliad, Texas. Delbert Andrew Mills was being tried for the murder of his wife, Patricia Leigh Mills, in 2003, when she died in a house fire. At the end of the trial he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. These are a couple shots of the emotional moments of her family following the verdict.
Richard Wiley, brother of Patricia Leigh Mills, cries after the verdict at the Mills trial in Goliad. Delbert Mills was found guilty of murder in the 2003 death of his wife, Patrica Leigh Mills, and was sentenced to life in prison.
Sharon Burdettte embraces Richard Wiley, right, as Allison Salinas, far left, Jo Wiley, middle, and Todd Burdette, bottom, react after the verdict at the Mills trial in Goliad. Delbert Mills was found guilty of murder in the 2003 death of his wife Patricia Leigh Mills and was sentenced to life in prison.
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