2011 Year in Pictures — Mark Davis

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.

Omaha Storm Chasers players and employees celebrate in the clubhouse after learning they clinched their division after beating the Round Rock Express 12-2 at Werner Park on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

 

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┬áIowa 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.

Jamison Miller, 5 months old, is held up to see the troops as they enter the gym during the return of the Iowa National Guard's 1-168th Battalion's Bravo Company on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

 

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.

Troy Teegarden of Mineola, Iowa, can't believe his eyes after a hail storm battered the Mills County village on Aug. 18, 2011.

 

 

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.

Feathers fly when the flock hits the air as thousands of American white pelicans make a temporary home in the flooded fields east of Bartlett, Iowa, on their way south for their annual fall migration.

 

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

Mark Davis

About Mark Davis

I have been with the Omaha World-Herald since 1999, spending the past few years behind still and video cameras.
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  1. [...] in Pictures showcases: 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 [...]

  2. Jolene McHugh Jolene McHugh says:

    Nice job, Mark!

  3. Christina Rivera says:

    This man has real talent!! Real life captured forever how neat!!