A wedding in Manito Park. A house fire on the South Hill. A rainbow over Spokane Falls. My work as a staff photojournalist for The Spokesman-Review is a kaleidoscope of fleeting moments filled with emotion, beauty and sometimes despair. Each day, I try and capture with my camera a visual reflection of what has happened in our community. Here are some of my favorite snaps from 2015.
Star Wars fans, in back, left to right, Justin Regan, 15, Josh Warwick,18, in front, left to right, Brian O’Donnell, 19, and Luke Erickson, 18, power up their lightsabers while eating lunch at the River Park Square Food Court Thursday afternoon. The group, from Davenport, Wash., have reserved seats for the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We’ve waited for this for a long, long time,” said Regan.
During the YMCA Camp Reed Alumni Day, Casey Stulc who was a Camp Reed staff member from 2006-2010 does a back flip off the dock bike ramp and into Fan Lake, Sat. August 22, 2015. The camp has been celebrating its 100th year.
Alexis Pavlenko, 8, tries to stay upright inside Bobble Ball while floating in a wading pool at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, Monday Sept. 14, 2015.
Whitworth University students Melia Deters, top, and Skyler Noble, take advantage of the warm weather to study in their hammocks strung between pine trees on campus, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. “I like being in fellowship with people, and when you’re in hammocks, it makes it even cooler,” said Deters.
Surrounded the the colorful blossoms in Manito Park’s Duncan Gardens, bride Katie Soy walks down center path to her awaiting groom Ryan Biggs during her wedding ceremony, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. The park, with its rose and formal gardens, has become a popular spot to hold nuptials.
Left to right, Ginny Lou Garabedian, 12, Gigi McGillen, 10, and Anna Pilcher, 10, with the Cataldo Catholic school softball team field a ground ball during practice with their coach Tom Sefton in Cannon Hill Park, Friday, April 24, 2015.
Central Valley High School students (left to right) Gage Spicer, 16, Nikita Yakovlev, 16, (in a Mitt Romney mask) and Seamus Welch, 14, wait in line to debate Second Amendment gun rights during the platform debate portion of a Mock Political Convention held Thursday at the High school. The all-day event helped students understand the political process of nominating presidential candidates and debating platform issues.
As vehicles wait for a traffic light on the south end of the Monroe Street Bridge, a jogger crosses through a slushy and foggy intersection at Main Avenue and Monroe Street, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in downtown Spokane, Wash.
The Barnes’, left to right, Brohammer, 10, Gabriella, 4 Galille, 6, and Sibylla, 8, (with back to camera) take turns on the family rope swing in West Central Tuesday morning. “They swing all summer long,” said the children’s mother, Jitanna. “This is what we do instead of watching TV.”
Dressed as women, Gerard Gaimari and Ferris cross-country teammates hand out cups of water to runners at the top of Doomsday Hill Sunday. The 2015 Spokane Marathon featured a 26.2 mile marathon, as well as a 10k run, half marathon, and a marathon relay.
Before lighting a large Menorah, Rabbi Yisroel Hahn speaks to the crowd gathered in Riverfront Park Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. The Chabad of Spokane County community center presented the event in celebration of the eight-day Jewish Hanukkah holiday that began on the evening of Dec. 6, and ended Sunday.
Dean Biernacki with JB Restoration, heads to the roof of a house at 3911 S. Sherman to help remove a large ponderosa pine that crashed into a house during Tuesday evening’s windstorm. The owners, according to Biernacki, were home at the time, but only suffered a scratches as the tree crashed in above them as they sat in a love seat in the living room.
Jay Bly checks out the damage to his home in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, after a Norway spruce fell on his house the day before. Cleanup began Wednesday in Washington state after a powerful storm killed three people, cut power to more than 350,000 residents and flooded rivers.
Members of the Fairchild Air Force Base Honor Guard fire off a 21-gun salute honoring 46 veterans and one military spouse whose unclaimed cremated remains were interred during a service held at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.
Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams (third from the right) and Mayor David Condon (far left) joined a group of Spokane residents at dawn Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a house fire that killed four sleeping children at 1327 N. Adams St. The house is gone now. The group offered prayers, released balloons and called for vigilance in home fire safety.
An evening commuter hits a large street puddle at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Atlantic Street after a record amount of rain fell Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. The recent windstorm left many storm drains clogged with debris, which caused widespread street flooding around town.
A helicopter dumps a load of water on the fast-moving Fish Lake Fire near Scribner Road, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Games People Play
From a header, Central Valley’s JD Hauenstein taps the ball past Mt. Spokane goalkeeper Evan Kamerer for a goal in the first half at Mt. Spokane High School, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. CV won the match 5-1.
After Gonzaga guard Byron Wesley (22) made a two-point bucket with a foul call, Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (24) celebrates the effort during the second half of an NCAA Elite Eight tournament men’s basketball game at NRG Stadium, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Houston, Texas.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrate their 80-72 win over Saint Mary’s and clinching first place in the WCC, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in the McCarthey Athletic Center, in Spokane, Wash.
Sydney Kho of Winners Gymnastics performs her Junior 1 balance beam routine during the first day of competition at the 2015 Junior Level 9 Western Championships being held through Sunday at the Spokane Convention Center.
Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos (4) celebrates a 3-pointer and a foul call that resulted in a Bulldogs 4-point play in the second half of a second round NCAA men’s tournament basketball game, Friday, March, 20, 2015, at KeyArena in Seattle.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few arrives at the NRG Stadium with the team before an NCAA Sweet Sixteen tournament men’s basketball game, Friday, March 27, 2015, in Houston, Texas.
During a full-contact boat race, driver Tim DeMaine (88) slams into the boat of driver Darryl Carillio Wednesday night at Stateline Speedway. Carillio’s boat was the last one to survive for the win.
Mt. Spokane’s Cooper Smith slides safely into third base after an error on a right-field single in the top of the sixth inning. The Wildcats defeated the Mead Panthers 9-6, Friday, April 17, 2015, at Mt. Spokane High School.
Almira Coulee-Hartline’s Berlyn Hunt hugs her teammate Katie Emerson after long jumping 16-08.25 for second place in the event final. Hunt lost to Crosspoint Academy’s Des Doty, who jumped a quarter inch further at 16.08.50.
In the final leg of the girls 4 X 1 relay, Lewis and Clark’s Anna Rodgers heads to the finish line for the win for the Tigers, Thursday, April 16, 2015, during a GSL track meet at Mt. Spokane High School.
In the 132 weight class, University’s, Kaven Nielson (upside down) tangles up with Central Valley’s Bridger Beard during a Battle of the Bone wrestling match held, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Central Valley High School.
Z Nation prop master Shoshana Cooper holds an antique fireplace tool, on left, salvaged from Doug Clark’s childhood home and a Zombie killing weapon that she has affectionally named “The Spokesman” for a future episode. Cooper hopes to make the grabbing tool, believed to be used for picking up hot coals, into a weapon to dispatch the undead.
Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, poses in her home with a .44 caliber revolver she owns to protect of her family and herself after a package containing racist content directed at her was delivered to the NAACP’s post office box last week.
Wearing a dread-lock weave hair extension, Rachel Dolezal leaves the podium after speaking at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rally in the Spokane Convention Center on Jan. 19, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. Controversy is swirling around one of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent civil rights activists, with family members of Dolezal saying the local leader of the NAACP has been falsely portraying herself as black for years.
Makayla Miracle, dressed as a Japanese Anime character, waits for the South Perry Street Fair Parade to start, Sat., July 25, 2015. The event also featured live music, kid’s events, crafts and food vendors
Staying warm by his fireplace, Spokane Valley resident Bill Church has resisted repeated offers to stay with family members. “I am very blessed,” he said. “I don’t like to leave my home. I like it here.”
Staring at the burned-out remains of her home, Lisa McCarthy holds her Chihuahuas Theodore, left and Isis, after they were rescued by Spokane Fire Department firefighters. McCarthy’s house at 1322 W. Mansfield Avenue was severely damaged in a two-alarm fire Tuesday evening. The cause is believed to be an unattended fire pit in the backyard.
As firefighters worked to mop up an apartment house fire at 903 W. Augusta Avenue, resident Steve Zimmerman sits across the street bundled in blankets waiting for the Red Cross to arrive. “I heard the alarm and came out,” Zimmerman said. “I live on the second floor, or did.”
Morning fog envelops the Steam Plant Square stacks Tuesday morning in downtown Spokane. The Steam Plant supplied heat to more than 300 buildings in downtown Spokane from 1916 until 1986. It is now a mixed use building for a restaurant and small businesses.
Frost forms on the edges of a red leaf oak at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex in north Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
A squirrel munches on a maple tree seed in Corbin Park Wed. Dec. 9, 2015. Squirrels do not hibernate in winter, but will remain in their nests in cold or stormy weather, venturing out to forage or find food they stored nearby.