Work of April 2017

Work of April 2017

April showers truly bring May flowers.

I swear half of this month was rainy, cloudy and soaking wet. On the bright side, those depressing days stuck inside led to a blooming, beautiful and luscious green start to May. As we head into warmer weather I look forward to spending a lot of time outside hiking and exploring Tennessee.

Twice a week this month I photographed Tennessee Volunteers spring football practice for the newspaper as well as AP and USA Today Sports Images. Those practices culminated in the annual spring scrimmage game which I also photographed. At the end of the month I returned to Athens, Ohio, to attend the graduation ceremony of the rest of my class. Enjoy a selection of photos from this month below.

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Guenther and Ida Meurer walk towards Market Square late Friday during a thunderstorm in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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A couple walks down Union Ave late Friday during a thunderstorm in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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A grounds crew prepares the field before the Tennessee Smokies opening day game against the Mississippi Braves at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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Coach Ricardo Medina chats with players during the Tennessee Smokies Media Day at Smokies Stadium.

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Fans arrive during the Tennessee Smokies opening day game against the Mississippi Braves at Smokies Stadium.

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Smokie’s David Bote (15) slides into second as Mississippi’s Travis Demeritte (11) leaps into the air during the Tennessee Smokies opening day game against the Mississippi Braves.

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The Tennessee Smokies opening day game against the Mississippi Braves at Smokies Stadium.

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Sheep shearer John Cooper during the sheep sheering demonstration at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee on Friday, April 21, 2017.

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Sheep shearer John Cooper sheers a sheep during a demonstration at the Museum of Appalachia.

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Gibbs Elementary School students, from left, Camden, Kiersten and Bella watch during the sheep shearing demonstration at the Museum of Appalachia.

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Bill Bullock, of Knoxville, carries the cross through Krutch Park during a Station of the Cross event held by Downtown Ministry Cooperative in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 14, 2017. Starting in Market Square and progressing to other nearby downtown areas, each of the seven stations will depict biblical moments surrounding Christ’s crucifixion.

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The group gathers in a courtyard behind Sun Trust Bank during a Stations of the Cross event.

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Women wash their hands in a courtyard behind Sun Trust Bank during a Stations of the Cross event.

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A farmer rests on his tractor in a field during a hot afternoon in Alcoa, Tennessee.

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Tennessee’s Jashon Robertson (75) sticks his tongue out at the camera during the final day of Tennessee Volunteers spring practice at Anderson Training Facility in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

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Tennessee’s Marcus Tatum (68), left, drills with Jashon Robertson (75) during Tennessee Volunteers spring practice at Anderson Training Facility in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Calvin Mattheis/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

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Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones coaches

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Weston Laws, 9, of Knoxville, puts on a surgeons hair net and mouth guard before entering the operating room during an open house tour of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Visitors pet a goat during an open house tour of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

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UT senior Su Kang, studying human resources management, carries their Rube Goldberg machine, E=MC Hammer, at the Undergraduate Research projects awards ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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Jocelyn Hartung, of Warren Wilson College, adjusts her balance during the log birling competition against Taylor Hamlin, of University of Tennessee, at the Townsend Founders’ Day Festival in Townsend, Tennessee on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The festival featured a lumberjack competition and historic tours about Townsend’s early days as a logging town.

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Robert Townsend, of Warren Wilson College, is knocked down by the pole he felled during the Pole Fell competition at the Townsend Founders’ Day Festival in Townsend.

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Denise Patterson, of Knoxville, shows off her Tennessee bling during the Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

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University of Tennessee’s defensive lineman Reginald Kahlil McKenzie Jr. (99) takes a bite of his lunch before the Orange & White Game at Neyland Stadium.

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University of Tennessee’s punter Trevor Daniel (93) kicks during the Orange & White Game.

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University of Tennessee’s quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) hands the ball off to University of Tennessee’s running back Carlin Fils-aime (27) during the Orange & White Game.

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University of Tennessee’s linebacker Dillon Bates (17) and University of Tennessee’s linebacker Landon Knoll (47) tackle University of Tennessee’s tight end Jakob Johnson (44)

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University of Tennessee’s defensive lineman Darrell Taylor (19) celebrates a play with University of Tennessee’s defensive lineman Quay Picou (55)

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Wild Ponies performs at Pilot Light Bar at the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival in Old City in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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A stage manager behind the scenes at the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival in Old City

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UT sophomore Marie Kolzow dances to the music as Lee Fields & The Expressions performs at the Cripple Creek Stage at the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival in Old City

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Andrew Mulderig, a PHD candidate student at University of Cincinnati, poses for a photo at his station at the Oak Ridge National Lab Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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Ashley Maynor, digital humanities librarian and filmmaker at UT, poses for a photo at John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee.

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Paul Harrill, left, and Darren Hughes, founders of Knoxville Public Cinema, pose for a photo at one of their viewing venues, Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville.

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Pastor Dempsey Walker of RIO East @ Rockford Church in Maryville walks through downtown Maryville with some of his church members carrying a cross on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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A customer carries a bag of greens during the first day of the Northshore Park farmers Market on 5908 Lyons View Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Mary Alford, of Rockford, arranges her flowers during the first day of the Northshore Park farmers Market on 5908 Lyons View Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Glenna Ogle weeps tears of joy as Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters comforts her during a groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of her home that was burned down in the November wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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Hongchu Chen, of Knoxville, carries his fishing equipment onto a pier at Calloway Ridge in Farragut, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Children play in the water at Meads Quarry Lake at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

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A fisherman cats his line from a boat along the Tennesse River in Louisville, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Michael Herald, of Knoxville, swims with his 10-year-old mutt Rocco at Meads Quarry Lake at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

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Jacques Robinson, of Knoxville, catches a baby catfish at Carl Cowan Park in Farragut, Tennessee on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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Co-workers Caitie McMekin and Brianna Paciorka

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Best friend Sarah Blankenship

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Kate Stone celebrating her graduation

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