Some of my favorite photos of 2013 were never published, or only published online, because the digital world gives us many opportunities to display our photos. The highlight of my photographic year was getting a small four-rotor helicopter to make aerial pictures, adding another visual opportunity to explore the world around us. It has allowed me to see our beautiful region from a different perspective. And thank you to the many wonderful people who have allowed me to document their experiences this year. Jesse Tinsley
Matt Ward, center, one of the race organizers, douses the crowd with purple from a fire extinguisher charged with colored corn starch while pounding dance music plays over the sound system at the after-party at the Color Me Rad Run, Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Spokane County Raceway in Airway Heights. Runners came from around the region and Canada to run a 5K race around the racetrack and get doused with colored dust.
A Burlington Northern train heads west out of Spokane, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. The elevated Latah Junction allows trains to turn northwest toward the Seattle area or to head south through Marshall and Cheney.
Using a small radio-controlled helicopter and tiny camera, photographer Jesse Tinsley captured this view of the historic Washinngton Water Power building just above the main Spokane Falls in downtown Spokane at sunset.
Carissa Sdao, Central Valley High School’s second pitcher behind Brittany Hecker, warms up in the batting cage, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at CVHS. Her clutch hit helped the Lady Bears beat University High.
Coeur d’Alene’s Austin Chadderdon (54) celebrates a seconds-left-to-play sack on Highland quarterback Tommy Jewell (1) in the state 5A title game, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at the Kibbie Dome. Vikings won 31-28.
Spokane Chiefs’ Jackson Playfair, right, blasts past the Everett Silvertips’ Dawson Leedahl, left, along the boards at mid-ice, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Spokane Arena. After one period, the Chiefs lead 2-0.
The Colton Wildcats, including Paige Vincent, far right, celebrate with hugs after their 55-40 victory over Sunnyside Christian in the 1B girls state championship game, Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013, at the Spokane Arena.
University High’s setter Kylie Collins, right, tries to gain control of the ball while Mead’s Brianna Evans, left, comes over the top in the GSL rivalry matchup, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Mead High School. Mead dominated, but just barely, winning the match 3-1.
East Valley’s libero Megan Duff goes to the floor for the ball against Colville as the Lady Knights beat the Colville Indians 3-1 in their GNL match, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at East Valley High School.
Ferris’ Jalen Hicks fights with Richland’s Jesse Malone, left, picks off a Ferris pass for a key turnover, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium. The Richland Bombers won handily to earn a berth in the playoffs.
Lewis and Clark’s running back Coleton Fitzgerald (11), center, is thrown bodily out of bounds by Ferris’ Lamarr Speights, below, and Brad DIckinson, right, at the end of a sweep play, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Joe Albi Stadium.
Gonzaga’s Jazmine Redmon, left, and Sunny Greinacher, right, force UC Riverside’s Annelise Ito throws the ball away for a turnover in the first half, Monday, Dec 16, 2013, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags were cold in the first half, but applied the trap and press and broke it open in the second half to win 87-43.
Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer, center, splits the defense of Aubrey Ashenfelter (32) and Laura Hughes (54) of Eastern Washington in the paint and finger rolls two points, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at McCarthey Athletic Center at GU.
Georgia’s Anne Marie Armstrong, left, battles Iowa State’s Anna Prins, right, for the ball late in the second half of the NCAA second round game, Monday, Mar. 25, 2013, at McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University. Georgia edged Iowa State 65-60.
Lightning is captured over Post Falls during a dry lightning storm in 2013.
Mark Ramos, left, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, stops to shake hands with Wendy Hansen, Chief Master Sergeant of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild, Saturday, May 18, 2013, before the start of the annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in downtown Spokane. The Spokane Tribe was a major sponsor of the parade.
Megan Palmer, 16, demonstrates her leaps in her dance studio, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Spokane Valley. The avid Highland dancer traveled to Scotland and placed third at the Highland Dance World Championships.
A young cat cries for attention after a staffer at Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) placed adoption papers and a pet license on its cage, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. SCRAPS will take over licensing for the city and county when the city finalizes its contract.
Members of the audience raise their thumbs to agree with speakers after most decried the latest tentative agreement between the city of Spokane and the Spokane Police Guild at the meeting, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at the West Central Community Center. All agreed the TA didn’t go far enough to empower civilian oversight.
A member of the Coeur d’Alene Helitack crew from the Idaho Department of Lands rappels out of a helicopter to a spot near a wildland fire south of the Post Falls Dam along the Spokane RIver, Monday, July 22, 2013. The fire covered two to three acres of a natural area used mainly for hiking.
Kyle Barnes, left, argues with anti-gay protester Tom Meyer, right, who holds a tall banner reading “God Hates Homos”, Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Riverfront Park at the end of the Spokane Pride parade. A handful of religious protesters at Riverfront Park sparked debates about religion and homosexuality.
Alexis Higdon, left, and Kath’ren Bay pose for a snapshot in the back of a pickup truck with signs that say “Together 20 years” and “Now Married, Thank You WA,”, Saturday, June 8, 2013, before the Spokane Pride parade. The couple, who have their marriage license, but will hold a ceremony in the near future, represent an unofficial theme of gay marriage in the annual parade.
Caden Marker, 9, heaves a goat onto his lap, then the ground during the goat flanking event at the Cheney Peewee Rodeo, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd pose for pictures with the graduates, Saturday, June 1,2013, after graduation exercises at Republic High School. The event drew Palin fans from around the region and was a major coup for the graduates who wooed her as a graduation speaker.
Gary Hunter, right, and Doug Burke, second from right, react differently as San Francisco scores in the second half of the Superbowl, seemingly poised to make a comeback against the Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the home of Mark Schafer in North Spokane. An enthusiastic all-ages crowd packed Schafer’s basement for the big game. Hunter said he is a Detroit Lions fan, but he hoped the 49ers’ rookie quarterback could win the game.
As the thunder of the drum beats die away, Marcia Dukes, right, and Johanna Fugitt, behind, throw up their hands and give a throaty shout to finish a performance by Spokane Taiko at the South Hill branch of the Spokane Library, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The Japanese drum group performance was part of Spokane Library’s summer reading program.
Rescuers drag a woman from the south channel of the Spokane River just downstream from the Howard St. bridge in Riverfront Park, Friday, Mar. 29, 2013. Callers to 911 said the middle-aged woman in a red sweatshirt jumped in. The fire department rescuers were able to pull her to safety, whereupon she fought and screamed at the rescuers before being taken away.
A unit of the Washington National Guard walks back after using a plywood village during combat training Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the Yakima Training Center. The 1st Battalion of the 161st of the Washington National Guard is training in desert-like conditions near Yakima.
Lead singer Eddie Vedder belts out a song to a full house at the Pearl Jam concert, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at the Spokane Arena. Pearl Jam is nearing the end of its North American tour, which ends in Seattle Friday at Key Arena.
DJ Ryan Lewis, a graduate of Ferris High School, bounces with the beat behind the DJ console and in front of a slide show backdrop at a concert at the Spokane Arena, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Lewis and rapper Macklemore brought their hit-laden show to the Spokane audience of 8000.