Bays and Beaches

When I was wandering around the country I loved all the different places I experienced, but I always missed living near the beach. It’s been great being back in my natural environment the past couple months since I moved home to California. Here are a few of my favorite moments from my wanderings.

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Utah to California and other updates!

I haven’t updated in a while because I was extremely busy leaving Utah, moving to SF and then learning the ropes at my new job with the SF Chronicle. Then after a couple weeks here, I went on a sailing trip to Turkey/Greece for a week! I’ll update soon with Turkey/Greece photos but wanted to post the first video I’ve done so far with the Chronicle. Myself and one of our video interns shot the Warriors parade in Oakland and I compiled it into one piece. More soon!


Warriors Parade from San Francisco Chronicle on Vimeo.

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Is it already March?

I have been trying to shoot a little more lately to keep up my work and enjoy the daily present of getting to go out and make some pictures. Today I got to go to our small local airport with a group of blind students from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind and watch as they experienced the planes through their hands and ears. Last week I visited Expedition One where the welders showed me the kind of custom work they do for cars. Before that I got to visit during ash wednesday with elementary students in Ogden. Hope you enjoy these images.

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Patrick Rasmussen, 26, flight instructor, leads the group of students from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind the at the Ogden airport Tuesday March 24, 2015. Keanu Clark, 3, follows closely behind him in his excitement to experience the plane and climb inside. 

 

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Keanu Clark, 3, climbs up into the plane at the Ogden airport Tuesday March 24, 2015. Each student got to sit in the plane, try the controls and experience what it was like inside.

 

 

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Alessa Pursel, 3, feels a propeller of a plane at the Ogden airport Tuesday March 24, 2015. The students were visiting from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind to see the planes by feeling and experiencing them.

 

 

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Hannah Mecham, fabricator, welds and grinds a FJ Cruiser bumper at Expedition One in the Business Depot in Ogden March 18, 2015.

 

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Kevin Larsen, fabricator, works at Expedition One in the Business Depot in Ogden March 18, 2015.

 

 

 

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Koi Davis, fourth grade, receives ashes from Father Charles Cummins during the Ash Wednesday mass at St. Joseph Catholic School in Ogden.

 

 

 

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My year in photos

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Happiness = trout

I love having the opportunity to try something new, like electrofishing. I had the best morning wading through the river, trying not to drown or get electrocuted or drop my cameras in the water. I only got stuck in muck once. It was awesome.

 

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Justin Anderson, center, and other Utah Division of Wildlife Resources biologists capture trout in the Ogden river to study the health of the fish population as part of the Ogden River Restoration Project. 443 fish were captured, studied and released back into the river Friday morning.

 

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Andy Pappas, right, splashes as he nabs a trout with his net while Paul Thompson, center, looks through the water for trout with other biologists in the Ogden river Friday. The aquatic biologists were using electric currents to stun fish and collect them as part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources study to check on the health of the fish population as part of the Ogden River Restoration Project. The 443 fish that were collected were quickly released back into the water after being studied to ensure that they’d survive the experience.

 

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Brooks Brewer, 2, reacts after touching a trout with his mother Amanda Brewer on the riverbank with as part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources study in the Ogden River.

 

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Trout swim and splash in a bucket after they were collected by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to study and check on the health of the fish population as part of the Ogden River Restoration Project.

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One last year

I have covered a lot of stories about families with unique challenges, but this family is definitely facing one of the most heartbreaking situations that I have encountered.  Zac, their youngest son, has GM1 gangliosidosis and though his original prognosis was that he might live to 5 years old, it is now most likely 3 years old. He turned 2 today and is spending his birthday in a hospital getting a G-tube put in because he can no longer eat solid food.

It was with a heavy heart that I spent time with this family learning about Zac’s diagnosis, the fundraisers in his honor and their plans for what will probably be the last year of his life.  They were very open and warm, in only a few hours with them I could see it in how they played with Zac, laughed with him over books and Mickey mouse and just held him as much as they could. Though I am glad I was able to share their story with our readers, it is stories like these that are the hardest to be a part of and that stay with you long after the paper has printed.

Brett Horspool holds his son Zac Horspool, 1, at their home in Ogden. Zac has GM1 gangliosidosis which progressively destroys neurons in the brain. It slows and then regresses development. As a result, Zac has lost muscle control, the ability to eat solid food and movement he previously had and is not expected to live past the age of 3-years-old. Zac turns 2-years-old on October 13, 2014.

Zac Horspool, 1, spreads shaving cream over a pan as part of his therapy at his home in Ogden. Zac works with Judy Passman, occupational therapist, once a month on sustaining his muscle strength through reaching, gripping, turning and stretching his arms and legs. Regular exercise is supposed to help stop the loss of muscle control he is experiencing. Zac has GM1 gangliosidosis which progressively destroys neurons in the brain. It slows and then regresses development. As a result, Zac has lost muscle control, the ability to eat solid food and movement he previously had.

Zac Horspool, 1, reads a book with his brother Max, 6, in the living room with his family at their home in Ogden. His brother Ace, 4, middle, played games while his parents Melissa, 32, and Brett, 34, talk.

Zac Horspool, 1, cries as he is held by his father Brett Horspool at their home in Ogden. Zac was undergoing his 30 minutes of daily chest oscillation through the vest therapy system. The vests inflates and deflates rapidly to break up the mucus in his lungs which helps him breathe.

Zac Horspool, 1, receives a kiss on the hand from his brother Ace Horspool, 4, at their home in Ogden. “Zac loves to spend time with his brothers, doing whatever they’re doing.” their father Brett Horspool said. “He just likes to be with them.”

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Ending with a Dance Party

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The Violin Doctor

Grover Wilhelmsen repairs a bridge on a violin in his Classical Strings shop at his home in Harrisville. “Sometimes you have to readjust the strings or fix other parts too,” he said “You never know how much work will actually go into what seems like a simple repair.”

Grover Wilhelmsen’s wall over his workspace where he repairs instruments in his Classical Strings shop in Harrisville.

Grover Wilhelmsen hangs a repaired violin with others in his Classical Strings shop at his home in Harrisville. The painting on the wall was painted for him by a customer in return for work done by Wilhelmsen.

Grover Wilhelmsen uses a clamp to secure a broken neck that he glued back together on a cello in his Classical Strings shop at his home in Harrisville.

 

 

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Splashing a Mermaid

 

One of those days when you arrive at a festival and no one is there yet. Over the course of a couple hours, there were only a few guests that showed up at the pirate festival. I ended up doing some friendly stalking as two families circled the booths. Eventually this little guy, who was scared of the mermaids at first, climbed into the pool and started splashing with them. I was pretty happy with this adorable moment.

 

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Rhythm Rowell, 3, of Salt Lake, splashes mermaids Thalassa (Elizabeth Bowns, 26, left) and Nym (Yazmine Baker, 22, right) in their pool at the Utah Pirate Festival in Ogden.

 

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Ray’s Shoe Repair

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