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2011: My year in pictures

Well, we’re in the final hours of 2011, and it has certainly been another eventful year.  Once again, I’ve had the privilege of making images to accompany stories of faith, tradition, sorrow, exhilaration and the simple joys of everyday life.  They are some of the tales that define us salt-of-the-Earth Iowans.

The year has also ushered in my transition from a staff newspaper job to broadened horizons as an entrepreneur running my own editorial and commercial photography business.  New worlds of opportunity will continue to unfold for all of us in 2012, but one old truth remains for me as always– the love of capturing life through the lens.

I’ve cobbled together a little time away from Iowa caucus coverage to pull together a chronological selection of some favorite editorial, travel and commercial images from 2011.  Thanks for taking a peek:

Tail lights streak as cars cruise the Art Deco district of Miami's South Beach. (Christopher Gannon)January 10 • Miami Beach. Fla. – Tail lights streak as cars cruise the Art Deco district of Miami’s South Beach.

While helping the city dig out from heavy snowfall, Ed Dieleman walks past a 20-foot heap of snow in the town square of Oskaloosa, Iowa on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.  Many Oskaloosa residents are saying the heaps are the largest they've ever seen. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Feburary 2 • Oskaloosa, Ia. – While helping the city dig out from heavy snowfall, Ed Dieleman walks past a 20-foot heap of snow in the town square of Oskaloosa.

Early morning rope climbing inside a barn on her family's rural Batavia farm is a daily ritual for Megan Black, a sophomore wrestler at Ottumwa High School.  Black is hoping to be the first girl to ever qualify for the state wrestling meet.  She says the hard work she does on the family farm has helped prepare her for tough competition on the wrestling mat. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Feburary 10 • Batavia, Ia. – Early morning rope climbing inside a barn on her family’s rural Batavia farm is a daily ritual for Megan Black, a sophomore wrestler at Ottumwa High School.  Black is hoping to be the first girl to ever qualify for the state wrestling tournament.

Class 1-A wrstlers run the mats while warming up before the start of the first session at the state wrestling tournament Wednesday, February 16, 2011 inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)February 16 • Des Moines, Ia. – Class 1-A wrstlers run the mats while warming up before the start of the first session at the state wrestling tournament inside Wells Fargo Arena.

A fishing boat stands beside a pair of sunbathers on the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Christopher Gannon)March 17 • Playa del Carmen, Mexico – A fishing boat stands beside a pair of sunbathers on the beach in Playa del Carmen.

An Amish farmer walks along a clothesline on his farm near Drakesville in southeast Iowa's Davis County.   It is among only a handful of rural Iowa counties in the 2010 Census to gain population (2.4 percent).  Much of that population growth is due to a steadily growing Amish population. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)April 1 • Drakesville, Ia. – An Amish farmer walks along a clothesline on his farm near Drakesville in southeast Iowa’s Davis County.

Gayla Tighe uses a pair of canes while walking with friend Glenda Criswell inside Indianola High School. Tighe walks the school's halls three times a week as part of her rehabilitation.  Last July, Gayla suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed.  An accomplished pianist, Gayla has drawn on her faith and made great strides in her rehabiliatation.  Now, some eight months later, she is also beginning to play the piano again. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)April 6 • Indianola, Ia. – Gayla Tighe uses a pair of canes while walking with friend Glenda Criswell inside Indianola High School. Tighe walks the school’s halls three times a week as part of her rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury that had paralyzed her.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers line the street to salute the hearse carrying Sgt. Eric Stein as it passes Saturday, April 9 in Sigourney.  Stein was shot and killed in the line of duty. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)April 9 • Sigourney, Ia. – Hundreds of law enforcement officers line the street to salute the hearse carrying Sgt. Eric Stein as it passes in Sigourney.  Stein was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Heather Jacobs and Dan Moen share a joyous moment relaxing at their wedding reception on April 16.  More than five yeas after losing her first husband in a 2006 plane crash, Heather followed her late husband's wishes and remarried. (Christopher Gannon)April 16 • Ankeny, Ia. – Heather Jacobs and Dan Moen share a joyous moment relaxing at their wedding reception.  More than five yeas after losing her husband in a 2006 plane crash, Heather followed her late husband’s wishes and remarried.

Working atop 35-foot scaffolding, Rick Van Oel of  Evergreene Archictural Arts places a few careful touch-up brush strokes upon a newly-installed mural as restoration work continues inside the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates in Des Moines.  Serving as headquarters for the World Food Prize, and as a special tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug, the World Food Prize has embarked on a $29.8 million capital project to restore the century-old Des Moines Public Library Building as the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)April 21 • Des Moines, Ia. – Working atop 35-foot scaffolding undrneath an immense stained-glass dome, Rick Van Oel of  Evergreene Archictural Arts places a few careful touch-up brush strokes upon a newly-installed mural as restoration work continues inside the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, headquarters for the World Food Prize.

Baylor's Gabriel El Hanbli charges out tof the blocks at the start of the 400 meter hurdles at the Drake Relays on April 30 in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)April 30 • Des Moines, Ia. – Baylor’s Gabriel El Hanbli charges out tof the blocks at the start of the 400 meter hurdles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines.

Law enforcement officers pull a robbery suspect from a van  near the 1900 block of Hubbell Avenue following a bank robbery and carjacking May 13 in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)May 13 • Des Moines, Ia. – Law enforcement officers pull a robbery suspect from a van  near the 1900 block of Hubbell Avenue following a bank robbery and carjacking.

Iowa native and world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes, left, dances and sings with students from the Simon Estes Music High School in Capteown, South Africa, while packaging meals at Meals from the Heartland's West Des Moines warehouse on May 18. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)May 18 • West Des Moines, Ia. – Iowa native and world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes, left, dances and sings with students from the Simon Estes Music High School of Capteown, South Africa, while packaging food for the hungry at Meals from the Heartland in West Des Moines.

s0522statetrack - shot 05/13/11 Des Moines, IA.  Christopher Gannon/The Register --   Roosevelt's Erin Hawkins elates in victory after anchoring the Roughriders to a state title in the 4A girls 4x100 meter relay at the state track & field meet at Drake Stadium on Saturday May 21, 2011.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)May 21 • Des Moines, Ia. – Roosevelt’s Erin Hawkins elates in victory after anchoring the Roughriders to a state title in the 4A girls 4×100 meter relay at the state track & field meet at Drake Stadium.

The day's first light reflects off clouds and water's surface at Serpent Lake near Deerwood, Minnesota. (Christopher Gannon)May 29 • Deerwood, Minn. – The day’s first light reflects off clouds and water’s surface at Serpent Lake near Deerwood, Minnesota.

Iowa City Regina's Johhny Rummelhart celebrates his hat trick, scoring his third goal in the Regals' in a 3-0 win over Fort Madison Holy Trinity Catholic in the state soccer tournament on June 3. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)June 3 • Des Moines, Ia. – Iowa City Regina’s Johhny Rummelhart celebrates his hat trick, scoring his third goal in the Regals’ in a 3-0 win over Fort Madison Holy Trinity Catholic in the state soccer tournament.

Joel Klobnak, 24, hugs his daughter, Grace, 3, outside his Greenfield home June 8.  He lost his leg and developed PTSD during a tour of Iraq with the Marines in 2006. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)June 8 • Greenfield, Ia. – Joel Klobnak, 24, hugs his daughter, Grace, 3, on the porch of his Greenfield home.  He lost his leg and developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during a tour of Iraq with the Marines in 2006.

Indiana State's Felisha Johnson throws in the women's shot put at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Teack & Field Championships June 11 in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)June 11 • Des Moines, Ia. – Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson throws in the women’s shot put at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Teack & Field Championships.

A cloud-dotted summer sky sprawls over Dustin Medearis of Pleasant Hill, leaping for a Frisbee while playing catch at Raccoon River Park on June 29. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)June 29 • West Des Moines, Ia. – A cloud-dotted summer sky sprawls over Dustin Medearis of Pleasant Hill, leaping for a Frisbee while playing catch at Raccoon River Park.

Gerald LeBlanc, a tireless advocate for the maintenance and repair of veterans' headstones, kneels with a row of aging Worls War I grave markers at Glendale Cemetery on June 30 in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)June 30 • Des Moines, Ia.– Gerald LeBlanc, a tireless advocate for the maintenance and repair of veterans’ headstones, kneels with a row of aging Worls War I grave markers at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Ian Ray of Cedar Rapids crowd surfs while Titus Andronicus plays to the crowd during the 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park July 2 in Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)July 2 • Des Moines, Ia. – Ian Ray of Cedar Rapids crowd surfs while Titus Andronicus plays to the crowd during the 80/35 Music Festival at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines.

Painter William Hunter applies the familiar John Deere green to farm implement parts at John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)July 13 • Ankeny, Ia. – Painter William Hunter applies the familiar John Deere green to farm implement parts at John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny.

Bud Allan, 81, takes in the parade of RAGBRAI riders flowing down Main Street in Baxter on July 28 along RAGBRAI XXXIX.  "I just can't hardly believe it," he said of the crush of riders hitting town. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)July 28 • Baxter, Ia. – Bud Allan, 81, takes in the parade of RAGBRAI riders flowing down Main Street in Baxter along RAGBRAI XXXIX. “I just can’t hardly believe it,” he said of the crush of over 10,000 riders hitting town.

Gina Pfarr of Sioux Falls, S.D., left, Mark Giffen of Springfield, Mo., and Tisa Overman of Milwaukee, Wis., revel in a laser light show with other fun-seekers in downtown Grinnell on July 28 during the fifth night of  RAGBRAI XXXIX. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)July 28 • Grinnell, Ia. – Gina Pfarr of Sioux Falls, S.D., left, Mark Giffen of Springfield, Mo., and Tisa Overman of Milwaukee, Wis., revel in a laser light show with other fun-seekers in downtown Grinnell during the fifth night of  RAGBRAI XXXIX.

Riders cruise down a flag-lined road on their way into Brooklyn on July 29 along the RAGBRAI XXXIX route. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)July 29 • Brooklyn, Ia. – Riders cruise down a flag-lined road on their way into Brooklyn along the RAGBRAI XXXIX route.

A full moon rises over a mountainside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. (Christopher Gannon)August 12 • Steamboat Springs, Col. – A full moon rises over a mountainside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Allison Johnson of Stevens Point, Wisc., celebrates catching a rhythm with her crosscut saw during the wood chopping and sawing contest August 16 at the Iowa State Fair. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)August 16 • Des Moines, Ia. – Allison Johnson of Stevens Point, Wisc., catches a rhythm with her crosscut saw during the wood sawing contest at the Iowa State Fair.

A horde of folks dressed as zombies zombies shuffle and moan their way through downtown Des Moines on Aug 26. (Christopher Gannon)August 26 • Des Moines, Ia. – A horde of folks dressed as zombies shuffle and moan their way through the streets of downtown Des Moines.

Iowa fan Michael Zenishek of Solon sports a pair of tattoos featuring his shelties, while shelties Cody and Sammie relax next to him before kickoff September 3 in Iowa City. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)September 3 • Iowa City, Ia. – Iowa fan Michael Zenishek of Solon sports a pair of tattoos featuring his shelties, while shelties Cody and Sammie relax next to him before kickoff in Iowa City.

Jason Stone, right, and Emily Harris designed Davis Brown Law Firm's Start-Up Launchpad, a website that offers legal documents for flat fees, and is meant to be a specific resource for startup businesses. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)September 7 • Des Moines, Ia. – Jason Stone, right, and Emily Harris designed Davis Brown Law Firm’s Start-Up Launchpad, a website for startup businesses.

J. Barry Griswell, former Chairman and CEO of the Principal Financial Group and the current president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)September 8 • Des Moines, Ia. – J. Barry Griswell, former Chairman and CEO of the Principal Financial Group and the current president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

A veteran touches a panel bearing names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Experience September 14 at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)September 14 • West Des Moines, Ia. – A veteran touches a panel bearing names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Experience in West Des Moines.

Nellie west, left, of Altoona, and AJ Singleton of Des Moines enjoy an impromptu Polka dance together during  the midday Downtown Farmers' Market on September 21 in Des Moines.  West, a 75-year-old Polka enthusiast, beckoned the passing Singleton, who happily joined her as music supplied by the Polka Club of Iowa played.  "I don't know anybody who doesn't smile when they are around Polka music," West said. (Christopher Gannon/The Register)September 21 • Des Moines, Ia. – Nellie west, left, of Altoona, and AJ Singleton of Des Moines enjoy an impromptu Polka dance together during  the midday Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Autumnal colors bloom over Lake Laverne on the Iowa State University campus October 4 in Ames. (Christopher Gannon)October 4 • Ames, Ia. – Autumnal colors bloom over a placid Lake Laverne on the Iowa State University campus.

A trio of visitors stroll Roseman Bridge, one of Madison County's six remaining historic covered bridges as Fall colors bloom west of Winterset, Iowa on October 9. (Christopher Gannon)October 9 • Madison County, Ia. – A trio of visitors stroll Roseman Bridge, one of Madison County’s six remaining historic covered bridges as Fall colors blossom.

Dr. Emily Heaton is an Assistant Professor of Agronomy focusing on the biomass crop production and physiology at Iowa State University. While pursuing her doctorate in Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, she pioneered research comparing the biomass production of Miscanthus and switchgrass in the United States, research that indicated Miscanthus could produce 250% more ethanol than corn, without requiring additional land. (Christopher Gannon)November 10 • Ames, Ia. – Dr. Emily Heaton, assistant professor of agronomy focusing on biomass crop production and physiology at Iowa State University.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney smiles during a town hall meeting to discuss jobs and the economy in Cedar Rapids on December 9. (Christopher Gannon)December 9 • Cedar Rapids, Ia. – Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney smiles during a town hall meeting to discuss jobs and the economy in Cedar Rapids.

Ron Paul supporter Robert McNamara, left center, of Spillville, Iowa sits with a newly-claimed campaign sign while waiting for Congressman Paul to arrive to a campaign stop in Waverly on December 9. (Christopher Gannon)December 9 • Waverly, Ia. – Ron Paul supporter Robert McNamara, left center, of Spillville sits with a newly-claimed campaign sign while waiting for Congressman Ron Paul to arrive to a campaign stop in Waverly.

Potential caucus goers listen while Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Des Moines on December 28. (Christopher Gannon)December 28 • Des Moines, Ia. – Potential caucus goers listen while Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Des Moines.

Ron Paul waves to supporters at the conclusion of a campaign speech during an evening rally in Des Moines on December 28. (Christopher Gannon)December 28 • Des Moines, Ia. – Ron Paul waves to supporters at the conclusion of a campaign speech during an evening rally in Des Moines on December 28.

 

Happy new Year, everyone.  May 2012 bring you peace, joy and prosperity. -CG

 

5 Responses to “2011: My year in pictures”

  1. Nigel says:

    Great stuff, man.

  2. McNarney says:

    Nice work. Thanks for putting it together.

  3. Chris says:

    Thanks, gents.

  4. Marc M says:

    Top notch Chris. Will look forward to your eagle eye photos in 2012!

  5. DianeH says:

    So many great shots. Nice work, G!

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