Photo of a play at second base during an MLB game

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano tags out Baltimore Orioles’ baserunner David Lough for the final out as Lough attempts to steal in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Seattle, Saturday, July 26, 2014. The Mariners won the game 4-3.

It was a nice day for a baseball game. Blue skies and warm weather even if the light was a bit contrasty. And it was a good game, which came down to the final out. It was nice to come back with a photo of the decisive game ending play. More photos after the break.

Photo of a baseball player celebrating win during an MLB game

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Seattle, Saturday, July 26, 2014. The Mariners won the game 4-3 and Rodney got the save.

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Photo of professional soccer players during a match in Seattle

Tottenham Hotspur’s Lewis Holtby (14) is tackled by Seattle Sounders’ DeAndre Yedlin during the first half of a friendly soccer match in Seattle, Saturday, July 19, 2014.

The Seattle Sounders played Tottenham in a friendly match at CenturyLink Field. It was my first time photographing the Sounders this season. I haven’t had the chance to get out and photograph them as much as I have had in the past season. I was a little rusty but came back with some decent photos from the match, though soccer unlike a lot of sports is easy on the rusty. It also helped that, although it was a friendly, the Sounders played tough and ended up with a 3-3 draw. Also part of the day’s events was the newest Sounder Xander Bailey, who was signed for the match as part of the Make-A-Wish program. More photos after the break.

Photo of MLS players celebrating a goal during a soccer match

Seattle Sounders’ Osvaldo Alonso, right, and Gonzalo Pineda celebrate Alonso goal during a friendly soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur in Seattle, Saturday, July 19, 2014. The match ended in a 3-3 draw.

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A photo of a fire hydrant in front of the charred remains of a mobile home park.

A fire hydrant is pictured next to the ruins of a mobile home park July 20, 2014 in Pateros, Washington. The homes were destroyed in a fire storm July 17. Several fires throughout the state have destroyed hundreds of homes, forced evacuations and continue to threaten more communities.

I was sent out to cover the wildfires and the aftermath of the wildfires in Central Washington. Initially I was supposed to photograph the fires from the air, but weather on the West side of the Cascades was too unpredictable, so I turned around and drove to the town of Pateros, which was devastated as fire ripped through a few days earlier. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed, burnt to the ground. In some cases there were rows of homes standing and home right next to those were completely destroyed. I can only imagine what it is like to lose everything. Given the devastation it was amazing only one person died. More photos after the break.

Photo of two men shoveling through ashes in a burned out home.

Randy Loucks, right, of Brewster, Washington and Rich Pitkethly of Brewster dig through the remains of a home belonging to Loucks mother-in-law July 20, 2014 in Pateros, Washington. The home was destroyed in a fire storm July 17. Loucks had just finished sprucing up the house with new paint and carpet as a surprise to his mother-in-law, who is visiting relatives in Arkansas. Several fires throughout the state have destroyed hundreds of home forced evacuations and continue to threaten more communities.

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A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reflected in a a set of windows

An Air New Zealand 787-9 Dreamliner sits in its stall at the Boeing Delivery Center, July 9, 2014 in Everett, Washington. The 787-9 Dreamliner was the first delivery of the long-haul version of the 787 featuring a fuselage 20 feet longer than the 787-8.

Boeing delivered its first 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand. The plane is longer than the 787-8 and carriers more passengers. The airliner featured a unique black livery. Here are some photos. More after the break.

A photo of a Boeing 787-9 Dream liner from the tail

An Air New Zealand 787-9 Dreamliner sits in its stall at the Boeing Delivery Center, July 9, 2014 in Everett, Washington. The 787-9 Dreamliner was the first delivery of the long-haul version of the 787 featuring a fuselage 20 feet longer than the 787-8.

Photo of a man working on the engine of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

A crew member works on the Rolls Royce engine of an Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, July 9, 2014 in Everett, Washington. The 787-9 Dreamliner was the first delivery of the long-haul version of the 787 featuring a fuselage 20 feet longer than the 787-8.

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Photo of a man with his arms raised after making his first 'legal' cannabis purcahse

Vivian McPeak of Seattle, Washington, USA, celebrates purchases cannabis legally at Cannabis City on the first day in which retail marijuana sales are legal in Seattle, 8 July 2014.

In the early hours of July 8, the State of Washington issued the first cannabis retail store licensing, making it legal for recreational marijuana sales. Washington state joins Colorado as the only state that have legalized the recreational Marijuana. While there were other across the state, Cannabis City was the first in in the City of Seattle to open it doors at “High Noon” or shortly thereafter. I didn’t expect there to be as much media there as there was. It is really odd to see people browsing varieties of cannabis in a glass case like buying pastries at a coffee shop. Here are some photos including two after the break.

Photo of a man looking at package varieties of cannabis at a marijuana retail store.

Ryan Hutchen of Columbia, South Carolina, USA checks out different cannabis strains at Cannabis City on the first day in which retail marijuana sales are legal in Seattle, Washington, USA, 8 July 2014.

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Photo of baseball player sliding into second base

Seattle Mariners’ James Jones steals third base as San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley attempts to make a tag during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Seattle, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

I got a chance to photograph the Seattle Mariners as the took on the Padres at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners are playing surprisingly well this season. Here are a few photos.

Photo of a professional baseball player celebrating in the dugout

Seattle Mariners’ Jesus Montero is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Seattle, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

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Photo labor supporter in a city council meeting

Carlos Hernandez of Seattle reacts to the Seattle City Council rejection of one of four amendments to the minim wage bill in Seattle, Monday June 2, 2014.

The city of Seattle took center stage in the national debate over pay and wealth gap as the city council voted to enact a fifteen-dollar minimum wage. The minimum wage was at the center of a recent election, which included the election of the a socialist to the City Council. During the meeting several amendments were offered up and voted down to the dismay of labor organizers present at the meeting. More photos after the break.

Photo of Seattle City Councilor

Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant speaks in Seattle, Monday June 2, 2014 before the council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage.

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Photo of college basketball players celebrating a victory

South Carolina’s Alaina Coates, center gets a hug from teammate Tiffany Mitchell after South Carolina defeated Oregon State in a second-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Seattle. South Carolina won 78-69. At left, is Elem Ibiam.

I had the opportunity to photograph South Carolina and Oregon State in the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the University of Washington in Seattle. It was a one-seed against the ninth-seed. Oregon State made it competitive for awhile, but South Carolina was too much. Hopefully, Seattle will have the opportunity to host more than the regional round in the the future. More photos after the break.

Photograph of a basketball player during a game

outh Carolina’s Khadijah Sessions yells to her team during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Seattle. South Carolina won the game 78-69. The urgency of tournament games always lends itself well to compelling images. More photos after the break.

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Photo of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Oprah Winfrey

Starbucks CEO, President and Chairman Howard Schultz, left, introduces Oprah Winfrey to introduce Oprah Chai during the Starbucks Annual Shareholders Meeting at McCaw Hall in Seattle Wednesday March 19, 2014.

It seems that Starbucks always has something interesting planned for its annual shareholders meeting and this year was no exception. This year Oprah Winfrey was on hand to introduce Oprah Chai. Here are some photos from the meeting. More after the break.

Photo of Starbucks partner welcoming shareholder to a meegin.

Starbucks partner Pamela Bezona greets shareholders during the Starbucks Annual Shareholders Meeting at McCaw Hall in Seattle Wednesday March 19, 2014.

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Photo of college basketball players

UCLA’s Jordan Adams (3) and teammate Kyle Anderson react to beating Washington an NCAA college basketball game Thursday March 6, 2014, in Seattle. UCLA won 91-82. Adams led all scorers with 31 points.

I got a chance to photograph NCAA basketball between the University of Washington and UCLA. I was particularly pleased with the reaction photo above. It’s not a typical reaction photo, but seems to tell the story of the game. It helps that the player in the background of the photo has a nice smile on his face, which adds context the to the look of exhaustion on the other players face. And in the confrontation below, the coach is as close to touching the referee with his finger as one can get without touching the referee. I’m pretty sure if he had touched the ref, he would have been ejected. More photos after the break.

Photo of basketball coach and referee

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar disputes a call with an official in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA Thursday March 6, 2014, in Seattle. UCLA won 91-82.

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