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A Little Help

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It is time for my annual blog feature, Twenty Moments. I have a problem. I have too many moments I would love to share. I need a little help. I have edited and edited and edited. When I began there were more than a hundred images. Now there are only 35 or so. Check out this slideshow and tell me which photos you would like to hear about. Hopefully, enough people will respond and vote to let me know something. It is always a bit risky to ask for viewer feedback because it actually assumes there are viewers. So, y’all help me out. Put your selections in the comments or send me an email or something and I will start the annual Twenty Moments review. Thanks to all and Merry Christmas.

  • Ali Carden is one of the first out of the Tennessee River at the Polar Bear Plunge at Riverwalk Marina, high noon on New Year's Day.
  • Bourbon Street is the legendary flavor of New Orleans night life and is a favorite stopover of fans in town for bowl games.  Street evangelists witness on Bourbon Street presenting an opposite side of life to what normally happens on the legendary street of debauchery.
  • Alabama football players meet the media inside the Superdome in New Orleans for media day Friday, January 6.  Danyelle Sargent from Yahoo Sports asks Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams a question that seems to hurt a bit as he squints hard while answering.
  • The walls collapsed on Lakeview United Methodist Church sometime after 1 pm Thursday by unknown means.  The church was rebuilding after having been destroyed by the April 27, 2011 tornado.  Church member Mitch Bridgeforth stands outside the fallen walls.
  • Quarterback AJ McCarron prays in the tunnel with another Bama staffer as he gets ready to come on the field before the start of the BCS Championship Game in the Superdome in New Orleans Monday night.
  • Marquis Maze celebrates after Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 to claim their 14th National Championship.
  • DeQuan Menzie gets in Jordan Jefferson's face after he and Nico Johnson sacked him during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and LSU in the Superdome Monday night.
  • Aaron Johnson lost one of her legs in an accident but is undeterred and plays on the West Morgan basketball team.  Johnson stands with teammates in a team meeting to start practice.
  • Shanda Anderson cries as she keeps an eye out for her neighbor, Randy Holbert, whose house was on fire at 2222 Westmead Drive SW Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in Decatur.  No one was injured in the fire which damaged the second floor of the two story home.  She had called him at work to let him know about the fire and was keeping watch for his arrival.
  • A small tornado touched down in Athens and marched through Limestone County Friday, March 02, 2012.  Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home on Ennis Rd.  The dog appeared to be uninjured except for a bloody nose.
  • Tornadic thunderstorms march across Limestone County Friday, March 02, 2012.  A warning for this storm was issued moments after this photo was taken as it moves north and west of the Piney Chaepel community.
  • Jennifer Adair was close to death laying in her Camden Court home April 27, 2011 as it was destroyed around her.  Now she is a new mother having given birth to Lily Shiloh at the end of March.  She feed Lily on a couch with a weather radio at arms lenght.  Jennifer is now never far from a weather alert radio.
  • The April 27, 2011 tornado swept through the town of Phil Campbell killing a teacher and two students among the many victims there.  Tanya Cleveland and Tracey Cook cry together as they recount the events of April 27 that killed their friend and fellow teacher and destroyed their homes.
  • The April 27, 2011 tornado swept through the town of Phil Campbell killing a teacher and two students among the many victims there.  Cheyenne Hylton's hair flies in the wind as she swings on the playground beneath an overcast sky.
  • Patty Goar sits in a recliner and watches debris, which used to be her home, burn on Nick Davis Road Saturday, March 10, 2012 in East Limestone.  There are no plans to remove debris by either the federal, state or local governments leaving residents to fend for themselves.
  • Friends who share classes at Calhoun Community College enjoy some free time in the back of a pickup truck in the parking lot Thursday, April 12, 2012.  From lower left are Amanda Cox, Kristina Bourdeaux and Isabella Walters, Sarah jean Lytle, Colton Harbin, Amberly Reese and Eric Newby.  The students share an art class together even though they are in different majors.
  • Tornado survivors gather for a memorial at Bethel Cemetery near Athens April 27, 2012 to commemorate the first anniversary of last year's devastating tornado.  Steve Wales hugs Sue Eady during the memorial.  Wales rescued Eady from the rubble of her home in eastern Limestone County then took her to rescuers in the back of his truck.  Eady suffered seriuos injuries when the tornado destroyed her home and her granddaughter, Shannon Sampson, was killed.
  • Deidra Ogle helps special needs students at Brewer High Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  Ogle, right, looks into Ali Sosnowich's eyes as Sosnowich laughs with her before lunch.  Ogle has been so deeply affected by her volunteer work she has decided to graduate with the special needs students and has decided to become a physical therapist.
  • Taylor Smith looses her hat as she throws the rope while competing in the breakaway roping event during slack day at the Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Thursday, May 17, 2012.
  • Ashleigh Holt cries as she hugs her brother Tyler and sister Skylar during the deployment ceremony for the 152nd Military Police company of the Alabama Army National Guard unit based in Hartselle Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the Sparkman Civic Center.  Their father, Travis Holt, is at left.
  • Carson Clemmons takes a look at the planet Venus as it transits across the disc of the sun through telescopes set up in the parking lot at Decatur Heritage Christian School Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
  • Anastasia Burttram participates in a festival dance while pushing her son Myka in a stroller during the annual Daikin Festival Friday, May 25, 2012.  Daikin America stages an evening of free food, music, games and balloon rides on the eve of Memorial Day free to the community.
  • Lance Arviso rolls a steer as he competes in the steer wrestling event during slack day at the Limestone Sheriff's Rodeo Thursday, May 17, 2012.
  • Tony Carter dips forward on his tube as he rides behind a boat Saturday enjoying the cooling waters of the Tennessee River near Riverwalk Marina in Decatur Saturday, June 30, 2012.
  • Michael and Andi Neely are rebuilding on McCulley Mill Rd. in East Limestone after the tornado March 2nd destroyed their home.  Andi makes the bed while her husband walks with Aubie, the family dog, through the living room.  They have partially moved into the house from a travel trailer they had lived in for months.
  • Hattie Fuller and Louise Cunningham ride the MCATS bus home from their volunteer jobs as senior companions Wednesday, August 1, 2012.  Bus rides home are often punctuated with laugther and story telling among the ladies.
  • J.D. Power watches harvesters work Thursday evening, August 2, 2012, as he helps with the corn harvest in a field along Lindsay Lane near Huntsville-Brownsferry Rd.  A summer thunderstorm is looming up behind him as he waits on the last load of the day.  The yields are down this year due to the extremely dry month of June and the harvest has begun about three weeks earlier than normal.
  • during the first half of Auburn's game with LSU Saturday, September 22, 2012.
  • Sharon Price, Amy Dial, Kimmie Hopper, Tiffany Eaton and Stephanie Mills enjoy Riverfest from a boat during the annual festival at Ingalls Harbor Saturday, September 15, 2012.
  • Trudy Amon talked about jumping from an airplane on her 80th birthday for years.  She fulfilled her dream and embraced the sky on her 80th birthday this past Monday jumping in tandem with an instructor at Cullman Regional Airport.
  • during practice for Athens High School Tuesday, August 8, 2012.
  • Girls racing in the Gold Division sprint through the first turn which held thick mud and standing water during the 14th Annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Classic Invitational at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park Saturday, October 6, 2012.
  • Clifford Sims celebrates his 100th birthday Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Riverside Senior Living in Decatur.
  • Dempsey McLemore jumped into Normady with the 82nd Airborne Division during the D-Day invasion in World War II.  Dempsey was later captured by the Germans and held as a prisoner of war.
  • Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) yells in jubilation after a review proves an A&M touchdown during the first half of the first SEC meeting between Texas A&M and Alabama Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Tuscaloosa.


Written by Gary Cosby Jr.

December 16th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Posted in Photojournalism

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  1. After a quick scan, I recognize many of them, having read about them when they were posted.
    My top 20 would include those that (A) mean the most to you and (B) haven’t been previously published on your blog (obviously, they’ve all been published in the paper and the paper’s web site.)

    Peter Wine

    17 Dec 12 at 1:09 pm

  2. Great round up of a superb year’s work Gary. I hope that the next year treats you and your family well.

    Bob Bowen

    21 Dec 12 at 4:16 am

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