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2018: The YEAR IN pictures Joseph L. Murphy

As the year comes to a close, I like to take stock of the ground that was covered over 365 days. I have the unique opportunity to scroll through the photos taken day by day of farmers cultivating the soil, athletes competing at the highest level and the beauty that is Iowa. As a photographer, I thrive on the opportunity to document the lives and issues that shape society. I also cherish the chance to look back at a collection of images that one by one evoke memories, illustrate emotions, speak to larger social issues and add clarity to our world. The following pictures are a small selection of my favorite photos from 2018.

Bill Gill looks at a picture of an antique Massey-Harris tractor while waiting for friends to join him for coffee near Kellogg.
Clockwise from top left: Iowa's Mekhi Sargent is wrappedup by Antonio Jones-Davis. Kirk Ferentz touches the statue of Hawkeye great Nile Kinnick during the team's pregame ritual. Iowa's Ivory Kelly-Martin is hit by Northern Illinois' Jalen Embry after a long gain.

Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska

Clockwise from top left: Rays of sunlight pierce the petals of a sunflower near Winterset, Iowa. A monarch butterfly and another insect prepare to land on prairie flowers near Prairie City, Iowa. A full moon rises above a rock formation at Badlands National Park near Interior, South Dakota.

Alex Puccio, team USA climber, competes at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup in Vail, Colorado. Puccio led the field wire to wire and captured the win at the only U.S. IFSC event.

Team USA climbers competing at the IFSC World Cup in Vail, Colorado.
Clockwise from top: President Donald Trump holds a rally in Council Bluffs where he discussed the ongoing trade war with China. Farmers attend a farm auction near Lacona. The sunset is reflected in a flooded field earlier this year. Chad Green focuses on a pen of cattle during an auction at the Guthrie Livestock Auction in Guthrie Center as his dog Pepper scans the crowd.

Extreme weather events became a major issue impacting the growing season and harvest across the state in 2018. Many farmers received double the amount of rain on their fields compared to a typical growing season.

Mike Holdeman, a sheep shearer from Pella, pauses while working in Wilton.
Clockwise from top: Randy Miller, an Iowa Soybean Association director from Lacona, checks the progress of his soybeans. Cattle relax in a pasture near Grinnell. Soybeans soak up the last rays of the setting sun.

Rick Kimberley works into the night to harvest soybeans. Weather delays made the annual harvest difficult for many farmers

The many faces of Lowell Catlett, a retied regents professor at New Mexico State University, and a featured speaker at the Iowa Soybean Association Farmer Research Conference.

Brock Hansen climbs into his combine to harvest soybeans as a storm approaches. Rains prevented many farmers from harvesting crops during the month of October. As of mid December some farmers still have crops to harvest.

A pilot for the Blue Angels streaks across the Pensacola airfield at over 700 mph as a large group of spectators cheer. Pensacola is home base for the precision flying team and where they practice for their popular air shows.
Lindsay Greiner, Iowa Soybean Association president from Keota, prepares his hog barn for a new group of pigs. Farmers across the state were impacted by low commodity prices caused by the trade war with China.

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Joseph L. Murphy

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