I skipped out on doing a Best Photos of 2016. Here’s 20 of my best from 2017.
These are what I consider my best 100 photos of 2015.
This past weekend I participated in the Food and Farm Experience, hosted by the NY Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education. The two-day seminar was a chance for members of the media to learn more about agriculture and some of the myths perpetuated in popular culture today about issues such as GMOs, chicken, beef and milk production and the impact those myths have on farmers, which means working families since 95 percent of all farms in the US are family owned.
Most, if not all, of the journalists participating either cover ag or come from a publication surrounded by a business community dominated by farmers and those industries dependent on or supporting farmers.
For me, in general terms, nothing I heard surprised me or contradicted what I already know to be true, but I do think the experience will help me be a better ag reporter when I come across stories involving some of these issues.
Click on the photo. Two photos in the slideshow.
For those who don’t know the story of Rocky: While in the care of his previous owner, he was scalded with boiling water, suffering second and third degree burns on his neck and shoulders. The owner and her boyfriend were charged with crimes and the owner agreed in court within days of her arrest to surrender ownership.
He then sat in the animal shelter a couple of weeks with nobody expressing any real interest in adopting him. I found this out when he walked with Volunteers for Animals in the Oakfield Labor Day Parade. I felt like he and I hit it off and made a few visits and Billie and I talked it over and decided to bring him into our family.
He’s been a great companion and willing learner with no apparent behavioral problems.
Stories from The Batavian:
This is a yellow daisy photo I took at Judge Road and Route 77 in Alabama. Testing how the gallery plugin works with a single image.
Testing out an image gallery plugin. This are photos I took from last night’s game between Batavia High School and Wilson.
These are the photos I took during the Innovating Local News Ecosystem at Montclair conference.
In Chicago for the first-ever LION Publishers Conference at Columbia University and I realized that this was my seventh visit to Chicago (if I’m counting right) and I’ve never been to a blues club. What brought this to my attention is that Buddy Guy’s Legends club is near my hotel. Last night, a group of us LIONs went out to dinner and and then to Legends.
Dinner was at Quartino Ristorante. Good food, but perhaps the highlight of the night was the bathroom attendant. When I walked in the men’s room, the smartly dressed attended was dancing to the some blues music. I told him that we were going to Buddy Guy’s place later. He told me he grew up with Buddy Guy’s kids. He told me he knew Greg Guy really well and said that if I told Greg I knew Theop, I wouldn’t have to pay the cover charge.
Naturally, I took that with a grain of salt.
But when I mentioned my little encounter with Theop to the security guy who was standing next to the mixing booth, he said, “this is Greg right here.” So I met Greg Guy. He is in fact long-time friends with Theop. Greg was really nice — we spoke a little bit more through the course of the evening. Near the end of the night, Greg jammed with the Kinsey Report. (I didn’t ask to waive the cover charge — I was very happy that they let me bring my camera in with me. The only restriction was, no long lens. But by the end of the night, they were letting me use my 70-200mm lens).
The Kinsey Report was an outstanding band. Super tight. Great chops all the way around. The band is from Gary, Ind., and is comprised of Donald Kinsey, Ralph Kinsey, Kenneth Kinsey and Nic Byrd.