Photo showcase: 2011 OWH Year in Pictures — Mark Davis
The year marked amazing highs and horrible lows while covering assignments for The World-Herald.
It is amazing to be able to cover many of the area’s great sporting events. I was in the clubhouse when the Storm Chasers clinched their division. I was on the floor when the Husker basketball team beat Texas A&M. I was on the field when Ameer Abdullah scored on a 100-yard kickoff return. I’m not allowed to cheer while I’m on the sidelines, but they can’t stop me from smiling.
I was also sent to cover some of the area’s tragic stories. Tears welled in my eyes as the Millard South Varsity Choir performed “You Are the Fearless Rose,” a song dedicated to Dr. Vicki Kaspar, who was killed by a young gunman. And there were few dry eyes in Shenandoah, Iowa, as the family and friends of Spc. Brent Maher were honored at the homecoming of the Iowa National Guard’s 1-168th Battalion’s Bravo Company. Maher was the lone guardsman killed in his company. His family fought to hold back the tears while everyone else celebrated the return of their family members.
And I will never forget the horror I felt as a hail storm shredded my hometown on Aug. 18. I knew that I had a job to do as I sat trapped in my company car, so I picked up my camera and made a video as the windows shattered. My wife was less than the length of a football field away as hail the size of tennis balls laid waste to our home. When it was done I ran to her, hugged her, then went to work.
My favorite photo of the year was of pelicans. They flocked to Bartlett, Iowa, by the thousands. They are gorgeous birds and I felt very lucky to be able to witness the scene. But it is a bittersweet memory. The pelicans were only there because the town was in the flood zone. I photographed the flock from the backyard of an abandoned home in a town that will never be the same after the Missouri River broke through the levee.
Omaha World-Herald photo staff Year in Pictures showcases and blog posts:
Jeff Beiermann showcase
James R. Burnett showcase
Mark Davis showcase and blog post
Rebecca S. Gratz showcase
Chris Machian showcase
Matt Miller showcase
Corey Perrine showcase
Alyssa Schukar showcase
Kent Sievers showcase