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Remembering September 11 in Germany

So, I’m here. In Germany. Like, I’m living in an entirely different continent. Yep.

It’s taken some time to transition into life here, but I have to say I’m falling in love with Germany and Europe more and more with each passing day. Also, married life is wonderful.

Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of September 11, and Steven volunteered to cover two ceremonies at both the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Army posts. I attended the afternoon ceremony in Vilseck with my 7D and my 70-200, my only two pieces of digital gear. Hopefully I’ll add to this soon, with a wide-angle. Until then, it’s definitely a test in composition and patience with my long lens.

Here are a few photos from yesterday:

young cellist

I spent part of the afternoon at the Violin Shop in Bonita Springs for a photo column. While I was there a 12-year-old girl came in to try out two cellos. I loved the contrast of her bright purple nail polish with this elegant instrument.

bmx

Eesh, it’s been awhile.

After two months as a reporter, I’ve been able to take a break from covering Lee County government and get back to taking pictures. With two photographers out of town, I’ve been put back on the photo beat for my second-to-last week at the Naples Daily News.

Yep, you read that correctly. My last day at the paper is June 23 and on July 2 I’ll be marrying my wonderful fiance, Steven. In September I’ll join Steven in Germany, where he’ll be working for the Stars and Stripes and where I plan on freelancing and working on some projects of my own. This blog will become much more active once the wedding is over and hopefully Steven and I will begin on a new venture together, telling stories in different forms about the lives of US Army soldiers and their families abroad.

Until then, it’ll probably be slow going for this blog, but for now here’s a photo from today’s feature hunt.

a normal childhood

Today’s officially my last day as a regular day-to-day photographer during my fellowship. Tomorrow I’ll be taking on deadline writing assignments and working on longer watchdog stories. It’s another adventure, but I’ll definitely the day-to-day assignments.

I continued working on my story about Itzel Chavez, this time spending the morning with her and her mother and going with them to therapy. Near the end of her session, Itzel played in a ball pen, which helps work her muscles while playing. I loved this photograph of her — not only is she smiling and having fun like any other child, she’s doing it all with her new prosthetic arm.

Lake Trafford

I drove out to Immokalee on Sunday to take pictures for a story on Lake Trafford Park. Lake Trafford is one of the largest (if not the largest) lakes in Collier County. It’s also home to hundreds and hundreds of alligators and other incredible wildlife. I took an air boat ride to see more of Lake Trafford and was amazed at the amount of beautiful birds and gators out there.

farewell, city of palms

I went to the Boston Red Sox’s final spring training game at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers yesterday. It was a pretty hot and miserable day for March (which makes me nervous to think about how hot April could be) but still fun, since people flocked to the stadium to see the Sox play their last game at this ball park. The Sox will be back in 2012 at a new Fenway replica park in Lee County. Who knows what will become of this place.

“I’ll sort of miss him, but I sort of wanted to eat him, too.”

Here are a few more photos from yesterday’s Swine Show. If I wasn’t working Saturday evening, I would definitely be at the livestock auction. If you’re interested in reading my column about Mark, an 8-year-old boy who’s showing his first swine, it’s here at the Naples Daily News. Below is the photo that ran with the column:

Mark DeLiso closes his eyes in prayer before the start of the Swine Show at Collier County Fair on Thursday, March 24, 2011.

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