Work of May

Work of May

May was an intense month.

It started off with a brushfire outside of Gatlinburg that threatened to grow exponentially with the high winds coming out of the Smokies. The photo team, me included, covered that story thoroughly with stills and video and it drove a lot of traffic to the News Sentinel website. Unfortunately, getting a view or access to the fire scene was tightly restricted by law enforcement.

I spent a week in Murfreesboro covering Tennessee Spring Fling – the high school spring sports state championships. You can check out my photos from that here.

May was also the six-month anniversary of the Gatlinburg wildfires. Much of the coverage of the tragedy we have done is gloomy and hard-news. My co-worker Caitie and I wanted to try a lighter approach and produced a multimedia project on what makes Gatlinburg home. You can see our long-form project here.

At the end of the month I also had the unique opportunity to photographed the popular synchronous fireflies in the Smoky Mountains. Those images are at the end of this post. Otherwise, enjoy some of my favorite frames from the month below!

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MaryvilleÕs Matt Young (12) warms up during a game between Maryville and Gibbs at Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

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Maryville huddles during a game between Maryville and Gibbs at Gibbs High School.

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Gibbs’ Brennan Davis (11) rises after getting tagged out at second.

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Grace Christian’s Ryan Medders (20) pitches during a Region 2-A finals game between Grace Christian and Greenback at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville.

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Attendees listen during a Knox County School Board meeting at the City County Building in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

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Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas gives an interview with the media.

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Graduates arrive during the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Exercise at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

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Families and friends fill the arena during the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Exercise at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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UT political science major Jamarcus Bradford, of Memphis, laughs with a friend during the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Exercise at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Graduates celebrate during the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Exercise at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Bearden’s Kahlil Abdullah participates in the triple jump event during the Class AAA sectional track and field championship at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville.

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Heritage’s Landon Harrell warms up before running in the 4×200 event during the Class AAA sectional track and field championship at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville

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Daniel Boone’s Jedy Cheloah reacts after the 4×800 event during the Class AAA sectional track and field championship at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville,.

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Runners round the corner during the 1600 meter running event during the Class AAA sectional track and field championship at Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville.

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A log continues to smolder and smoke a day after the May 4 wildfire on Branam Hollow Road in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Friday, May 5, 2017.

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Residents Dan Miller and his wife Carol look with concern at wildfire smoke rising in the distance from Deer Path Road in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The wildfire, which was not contained by firefighters, was growing rapidly throughout the day, from 20 acres in the morning to nearly 80 acres by the afternoon

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Ed Call, of American Home Builders, carries an old piece of roofing that blew off of Glenn Warren’s new home under construction on Wiley-Oakley Drive in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Friday, May 5, 2017. Warren had lost his home in the November wildfires and the roof of his new home under construction due to strong winds yesterday.

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Jared Boggs, 8, takes a bite from his Cruze Farms ice cream as his mom Torrie Boggs, of Knoxville, watches during the opening day of the Knoxville Market Square Farmers Market in Knoxville.

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Cows graze in a field during a foggy morning in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

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A full moon sets over a line of trees in Knoxville.

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Lightning strikes over northern Knoxville before a heavy rainfall late Saturday evening in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

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Noah Clayborne, 13, of Knoxville, practices his skateboarding tricks late Tuesday evening on Oklahoma and Harvey Streets in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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Nathan Jackson, environmental technician with the Knox County Health Department, poses with his magnifying headset while sorting Celux mosquitos from a collection at the Knox County Health Department Mosquito Building in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

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Erin Donovan, known as “The Biscuit Lady” wears a head piece of biscuits during the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

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Brent Thompson wears a biscuit bow-tie during the International Biscuit Festival.

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Dr. Jennifer Maddron poses for a portrait at her practice in Sevierville, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Dr. Maddron is among a small number of OB-GYN’s in the state (and country) to undergo the certification process to be able to dispense medication assistance therapy (an alternative to opioids that helps women wean off them).

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Tennessee’s CJ McClain (6) blows a bubble with her gum in center field during an NCAA Regional game between Tennessee and Longwood at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville.

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Tennessee’s Jenna Holcomb (2) slides into home as Longwood’s Kaylynn Batten (1) tags her out during an NCAA Regionals softball finals game between Tennessee and Longwood.

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Fans bask in the sun during an NCAA Regional game between Tennessee and Longwood at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

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Tennessee’s Matty Moss (1) reacts after an out during an NCAA Regionals softball finals game between Tennessee and Longwood at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

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People walk down the Parkway in front of Ripley’s Believe it or Not! in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

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People eat ice cream on a bench on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

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Night falls over in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

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Josh Wells, of Knoxville, bikes through US Knoxville National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Knoxville, Tennessee on Monday, May 29, 2017.

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Vietnam War veteran Craig Noe, center, and Linda Burnette, kneeling, whose father was a Korean War veteran, visit the memorial during an observance and remembrance of veterans on Memorial Day at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial in Knoxville.

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Mia McLemore, 7, of Knoxville claims her spot on the blanket during the Elkmont Fireflies viewing event in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Mia was visiting with her grandparents Gene and Jan McCullough and her sister Lillian and cousins Kara Sepaniak, Elena Sepaniak and Rachel Sepankiak. The “Photinus carolinus” firefly is the only species in America that can synchronize their light patterns as part of their annual mating ritual. The event runs May 30 through June 6.

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Traci Sooter and Angie Woodcock, both of Asheville, North Carolina, set up their Canon 6D DSLR camera to take long-exposure photographs of the fireflies during the Elkmont Fireflies viewing event.

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In this composite of eight 30-second exposures, fireflies blink through the woods during the Elkmont Fireflies viewing event in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

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In this five-minute exposure, fireflies blink through the woods during the Elkmont Fireflies viewing event in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

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In this composite of 114 individual 30-second exposure images, fireflies blink through the woods during the Elkmont Fireflies viewing event in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

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