From the Publisher's Desk: My favorites from the rodeo

Written by Michele Grgas Thomas The Triplicate August 17, 2011 06:49 pm

Kevin Hartwick leads a riderless horse into the rodeo arena in a tribute to fair board and rodeo committee member Arman Gunnerson who passed away in July. This year’s Redwood Coast Rodeo was dedicated to him. Gunnerson’s hat is on the horn of the saddle. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Kevin Hartwick leads a riderless horse into the rodeo arena in a tribute to fair board and rodeo committee member Arman Gunnerson who passed away in July. This year’s Redwood Coast Rodeo was dedicated to him. Gunnerson’s hat is on the horn of the saddle. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Rick and I attend many community events together in the evenings and on weekends. We support many of the community’s good causes and take as many photos as we can while we’re there.

Rick and I each carry cameras but he is by far the better photographer. One reason is his wealth of experience—taking his first photos as a kid with a Kodak Hawkeye camera he acquired by redeeming his family’s S&H Green Stamps. His first published photo appeared in his Portland State University campus newspaper and he was hooked. His experience is coupled with a natural talent, an eye for framing special moments.

Local residents Katherine Cena and Scott Perry sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Local residents Katherine Cena and Scott Perry sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Today I’d like to share some of Rick’s photos that I think capture the spirit of this year’s rodeo. They weren't among the many photos from the county fair that already appeared in the newspaper.

To see all our photos—both published and not published—plus a selection of videos, go to www­.trip­licate.com­/mycapture or visit us on our Facebook page.

  Reach Michele Thomas, The Daily Triplicate’s publisher, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 464-2141, or stop by 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Local father-daughter team Kevin and Deja Hartwick attempt to rope a calf at their first public calf-roping event. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal
Local father-daughter team Kevin and Deja Hartwick attempt to rope a calf at their first public calf-roping event. The Daily Triplicate/Rick Postal