2017: The Year in Review for the Giant Muh

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The most unusual item Abby and I photographed in 2017 was the Great America Eclipse, which we saw with my sister and her husband in our mother's hometown of Park Hills, Missouri.
The most unusual item Abby and I photographed in 2017 was the Great America Eclipse, which we saw with my sister and her husband in our mother’s hometown of Park Hills, Missouri.
  • Those who know me know how much I love prime (non-zoom) lenses.
    Those who know me know how much I love prime (non-zoom) lenses.

    January: I was able to use some credit card rewards points to acquire an iPad Pro and an AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4.

  • March: Excellent basketball seasons for several teams were very engaging for me, including a hard charge at the championship by the Ada Lady Cougars, and a Class 2A championship for the Latta Panthers.
The Ada Lady Cougars tried to claw their way to the championship, but couldn't get past Harrah in the semifinal.
The Ada Lady Cougars tried to claw their way to the championship, but couldn’t get past Harrah in the semifinal.
The Latta Panthers, on the other hand, took home the Class 2A gold ball.
The Latta Panthers, on the other hand, took home the Class 2A gold ball.
  • Abby begins to trail Hawken, our Irish Wolfhound puppy, who is less than three months old in this March 2017 image.
    Abby begins to trail Hawken, our Irish Wolfhound puppy, who is less than three months old in this March 2017 image.

    March: Abby and I drove to Rolla, Missouri, to buy an Irish Wolfhound puppy, Hawken Rifle Trail.

  • April: We sold our RV, the Kokopelli, to Abby’s cousin.
  • April: My iPhone 5 died, and I replaced it with an iPhone 7 Plus.
  • May: Our hometown Byng Pirates won a state baseball championship.
Our hometown Byng Pirates baseball team celebrated a state championship in May.
Our hometown Byng Pirates baseball team celebrated a state championship in May.
  • August: Abby and I met my sister Nicole and her husband Tracey in Park Hills, Missouri, to witness and photograph the total eclipse of the sun.
Abby and I prepare to photograph a total eclipse of the sun.
Abby and I prepare to photograph a total eclipse of the sun.
  • September: My newspaper and it’s parent company, CNHI, were bought by Raycom Media.
  • October: Abby and I attended her family reunion.
  • December: the Ada Cougars football team made it all the way to the state championship game, losing to defending champs Heritage Hall.
The Ada Cougars accepted condolences and the runner-up trophy after losing to powerhouse Heritage Hall in the Class 4A state championship game in December.
The Ada Cougars accepted condolences and the runner-up trophy after losing to powerhouse Heritage Hall in the Class 4A state championship game in December.
  • Abby’s daughter Chele, husband Tom, and our grandson Paul visited for the holidays.
Abby's daughter Chele, her husband Tom, and our grandson Paul pose for their annual photo in our living room during their Christmas visit. It was great having them here.
Abby’s daughter Chele, her husband Tom, and our grandson Paul pose for their annual photo in our living room during their Christmas visit. It was great having them here.
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