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December 2015 | In Pictures

Sheesh. Although there seems to be a lot of flame in this post, it was a cold, frozen month. My knees are possibly permanently bruised from kneeling on gym floors shooting so much basketball, but I'm having fun nonetheless. I'm still searching--or more like wandering--in an attempt to find myself through my work, to find my place in it, to perhaps find my "style" and my "eye" in this jumble of color and shapes and stories. 

Just keep pushing. It's a matter of keeping my eye to the viewfinder and my perception wide. 

I hope you enjoy! And as always, thank you for looking.

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Lt. John Ward picks up a piece of plywood before throwing it into a burning vacant home during a training exercise on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 in Post Falls. The fire department burns unwanted homes to simulate scenarios for firefighters, and to help new firefighters gain confidence while working in the extreme heat of a burning building. 

Ramsey Magnet School second grader Toby Jackson holds a balloon charged with static electricity to a banana to see if the banana moves on its own from the balloon's electrical charge on Dec. 4, 2015 at Ramsey Magnet School. All grades in the school were taking part in the school's annual Science Day, where students do hands-on labs to learn about science and its relationship to humans. 

Gabby Torres, in pink, and her sister Bethany of Coeur d'Alene catch some air after rocketing over a hand-made jump on a sled on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 near the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. 

Coeur d'Alene Police Traffic Officer Josh Sterling receives a hug from 5-year-old Ryker Perry as Ryker's mother, Sugey De Perry watches after Sterling gave them a $50 Visa gift card on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at the Coeur d'Alene Shopko. This is the second year the Coeur d'Alene Police Association is randomly giving away gift cards to people in the community; this year they are giving away $2,000 total. 

Claudia Jean Davis of Hayden Lake has the second larget nutcracker collection in the world, with more than 2,800 nutcrackers and counting. She is photographed here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 amongst some of her nutcrackers from all over the world--some of which are valued at more than $7,000. 

Coeur d'Alene's Taryn Hovarth drives to the key past teammate Rey Louden (32) and Lake City's Whitney Meier on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School. 

Coeur d'Alene's Kaleb Maciosek puts Bonners Ferry's Preston Coon in a tough position to get out of Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School. 

Katherine Reiswig, 9, pets Abby the Terrier Manchester during "Holiday with the Humane Society,"  a pet adoption and fundraising event on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 at the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d'Alene. Reiswig, of Coeur d'Alene, created the event in partnership with the Kootenai Humane Society.  

At center, Colette Collins, 3, of Coeur d'Alene, parties with other kids her age as they ring in the new year at noon at the Noon Year's Eve celebration on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at the Hayden Public Library. 

Coeur d'Alene's Brody Lundblad gets a pass off as Shadle Park's Markieth Brown (3) and Kobe Reese attempt to block it on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School. 

Vic Eachon, 89, cans hundreds of jars of pickles a year, and donates many to auctions to raise money for charities. Born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Eachon helped build Farragut Naval Training Center, went to boot camp there, and helped tear down the center after WWII. He is photographed here on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 in his Rathdrum home. 

Kale Pfeifeir works to remove more than six inches of snow from the roof of a home on Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene. Pfeifeir works for Excel Property Management of Coeur d'Alene, and has been working non-stop with upkeep of more than 400 properties since the windstorm in November. 

Shoshone Fire Protection District firefighter Mike North stands amongst the charred remains the home of Kevin and Amanda Boulting on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 near Cataldo. The couple and their 2-year-old daughter woke early Tuesday morning to their home filling with smoke and flame, and managed to escape to safety only to watch their entire home and all their posessions burn. 

Girl with Balloons. Dec. 31, 2015, Hayden, Idaho

Lake City's Kate Mayron is sandwiched between Coeur d'Alene's Kelly Horning (40) and Kayla Fagan as they battle for a rebound at a 2015 Coeur d'Alene High School Women's Winter Classic game on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 at Coeur d'Alene High School.

Wrastlin'. Dec. 10, 2015, Post Falls, Idaho.  

November 2015 | In Pictures

As the winter air chills my bones, it brings new experiences, assignments and a different kind of light. It's hard to believe that I'm now working on my fifth month at The Coeur d'Alene Press; the days seem to be slipping away in more and more of a blur. 

These are some of my favorite images from November. I hope you enjoy what you see, and as always, thank you for looking!

Honor Guard. Greensferry Overpass dedication ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Post Falls, Idaho. 

Students at Lake City High School throw confetti, balloons and dance as Johnny Tarnoff, center, films a lip-dub of the Journey song, "Don't Stop Believin'," to raise awareness of bullying in schools on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Lake City High School. 

At right, Jared Vaara, Nic Hamilton and a neighbor work to saw the trunk of a fallen tree in half as a minivan lies crushed beneath it Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 in the front yard of a home near the intersection of Marie Avenue and Howard Street in Coeur d'Alene. The tree toppled and landed on top of a minivan and sedan during Tuesday's wind storm, where wind speeds clocked at upwards of 67 miles-per-hour. 

John Inman holds a cable used to pull tree debris from his neighbor's home on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 on Lacey Avenue in Hayden. "Neighbors just gotta help neighbors," Inman says. 

Technical Sgt. Carlos Torres holds a folded American flag that was flown over the nation's and state's capitol buildings before raising the flag above the Greensferry Overpass for the first time during the overpass' dedication on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Post Falls. The overpass will connect north and south Post Falls, and provide a safe path for pedestrians to cross Interstate 90.

James Noriega of the Hot Punch Highlanders plays the bagpipes as the colors are retired to conclude the Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at the PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hayden City Hall.  

A boy and his family view holiday light displays during the Journey to the North Pole cruise on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 on Lake Coeur d'Alene. 250 displays situated on The Coeur d'Alene Resort Marina and in front of the Hagadone family's home boast more than 1.5 million lights. 

Kathryn Robison, 88, played piano and accordian for soldiers overseas during the Korean War and World War II. Today, she continues to play at veteran's events and is an active part of the Veterans of Foriegn Wars in North Idaho. 

John Inman holds a chainsaw as he stands atop the roof of a home with a fallen tree on top of it on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 in Hayden. The tree fell in Tuesday's windstorm that ravaged the region, causing widespread damage, record power outages and claimed the lives of three people. 

The Boland family, from Coeur d'Alene and California, light holiday candles on the City Park Beach as they await the Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show firework display on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 in Coeur d'Alene. Thousands lit the candles as they sang "Silent Night," a tradition of the Light Show. 

Retired CIA operative Mike Baker speaks to a crowd of more than 75 as a distinguished speaker at the Veterans Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at the PFC Robert J. Gordon Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hayden City Hall. 

North Idaho All-Stars' Mollie Kramer, right, is fouled by North Idaho College's Jocelyn Cook-Cox (30) and Katia Brown on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

North Idaho College's Maci Benedict dribbles up-court during a match-up against Sheridan College Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Shopping Mall Christmas Bear. Nov. 24, 2015, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 


Wrestling has always been one of my favorite sports to shoot. Trying to illustrate the sheer power that these people expel to pin their opponent is both difficult and exciting, and without fail, new challenges arise with every pair that faces off on the mat. I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with the North Idaho College men's wrestling team, and follow-up at a meet the same week. These are some of my favorite images from my time with the team, with some non-visual reflection mixed throughout. I hope you enjoy, and thank you for looking! 

North Idaho College wrestlers practice takedowns on one another during an afternoon practice Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

The North Idaho College wrestling team get ready to begin a spinning warm-up on stationary bikes Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. The men warm-up with the cycles for about 10 minutes before hitting the mats to practice wrestling. 

North Idaho College wrestler Omeed Chamanzad completes a barbell squat, a fundamental exercise in wrestling strength training, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the Winton Hall weight room at North Idaho College. 

North Idaho College wrestlers do somersaults to get warmed-up and used to hitting the mats during a practice session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

I was trying to understand the mechanics of the sport in order to know what to look for and how to shoot it in an interesting way, but in the end, I just was just acting on instinct in the moment anyways. I think I know now what to really look for next time. 

North Idaho College wrestlers practice moves to bring their opponent to the mat Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Kevin McLean, right, and Cooper Thomas use a cable machine to strengthen their triceps during a weight training session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in the weight room in Winton Hall on North Idaho College's campus. 

Chase Campbell works on a heavy rope exercise during a wrestling weight training session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Winton Hall on North Idaho College's campus. The exercise increases strength, power and endurance. 

Two North Idaho College wrestlers jokingly spar with one another before the start of an afternoon practice Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Looking for those different moments of the sport. Or maybe they're just ordinary moments, but captured in a little bit different of a way. I just have to keep pushing. With access like this, you can't help but feel a capacity to want to dive in with both eyes open. 

Twisted up in a variety of wrestling positions, North Idaho College wrestlers practice moves during a practice session Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at North Idaho College. 

Rathdrum native Killian Estes of North Idaho College puts Coeur d'Alene native Garrett Demers of Montana State Northern in a headlock on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 during a match-up at North Idaho College. 

North Idaho College's Jordan Hall, right, faces off against Montana State Northern's Matt Weber on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at North Idaho College.