Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) points to Oregon's Jimmie Swain (18) while rushing for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Oregon Ducks in a football game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) points to Oregon’s Jimmie Swain (18) while rushing for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Oregon Ducks in a football game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

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2016 was a pretty strange year. I moved back to Tacoma with my girlfriend for an opportunity to work at the newspaper where I got my first byline as a middle schooler. Now I find myself covering the community I grew up in as well as shooting breaking news and sports for the Tacoma News Tribune.

So here’s a collection of work from the past year. Most of it is work-related, some of it is personal.

Thank you for looking,

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A firefighter works the scene of a house fire in Tacoma, Wash., on Friday, May 27, 2016.

A firefighter works the scene of a house fire in Tacoma, Wash., on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Sea Lions and harbor seals dive off the docks of the East End Mooring Basin after crews from the Port of Astoria inflated air dancers in an attempt to scare the pinnipeds this morning.

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Sea Lions and harbor seals dive off the docks of the East End Mooring Basin after crews from the Port of Astoria inflated air dancers in an attempt to scare the pinnipeds this morning.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Firefighters from Astoria, Warrenton, and Lewis and Clark respond to a structure fire at the U.S. Coast Guard housing construction site.

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Firefighters from Astoria, Warrenton, and Lewis and Clark respond to a structure fire at the U.S. Coast Guard housing construction site.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Investigators work the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Broadway Street in Seaside.

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Investigators work the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Broadway Street in Seaside.

A police officer salutes behind the ambulance carrying the body of slain officer Reginald ÒJakeÓ Gutierrez on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

A police officer salutes behind the ambulance carrying the body of slain officer Reginald ÒJakeÓ Gutierrez on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Hundreds gathered to remember and honor fallen officer Jason Goodding at Broadway Field in Seaside.

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Hundreds gathered to remember and honor fallen officer Jason Goodding at Broadway Field in Seaside.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Clam diggers walk the beach at Fort Stevens.

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Clam diggers walk the beach at Fort Stevens.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian A man kneels outside of a makeshift memorial before a service for Sgt. Jason Goodding at the Seaside Convention Center. Goodding was killed while on duty.

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A man kneels outside of a makeshift memorial before a service for Sgt. Jason Goodding at the Seaside Convention Center. Goodding was killed while on duty.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian AstoriaÕs Derek Jarrett, No. 34, and Justin Fruiht, No. 23, react after AstoriaÕs 44-42 loss to Valley Catholic.

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AstoriaÕs Derek Jarrett, No. 34, and Justin Fruiht, No. 23, react after AstoriaÕs 44-42 loss to Valley Catholic.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Brynley and his ball.

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Brynley and his ball.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Pageant at the Seaside Convention Center Saturday.

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Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Pageant at the Seaside Convention Center Saturday.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian AstoriaÕs Rylee Demander warms up before stepping up to the plate during the softball game against Naselle.

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AstoriaÕs Rylee Demander warms up before stepping up to the plate during the softball game against Naselle.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Hair flies as AstoriaÕs Libby Dibartolomeo pitches in the fifth inning of the softball game against Corbett at CMH Field.

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Hair flies as AstoriaÕs Libby Dibartolomeo pitches in the fifth inning of the softball game against Corbett at CMH Field.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Clam diggers walk the beach at Fort Stevens.

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Clam diggers walk the beach at Fort Stevens.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Sage Nyberg, 10, grimaces as he pulls up a clam gun from the sand while digging for razor clams on Sunday morning during the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival.

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Sage Nyberg, 10, grimaces as he pulls up a clam gun from the sand while digging for razor clams on Sunday morning during the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Crews remove plane debris from the Columbia River on Tuesday. The privately owned AT-6 North American military trainer from 1941, crashed into the Columbia about a mile north of Pier 39 in Astoria on March 23.

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Crews remove plane debris from the Columbia River on Tuesday. The privately owned AT-6 North American military trainer from 1941, crashed into the Columbia about a mile north of Pier 39 in Astoria on March 23.

A boogie-boarder hits the waves in Hawaii.

A boogie-boarder hits the waves in Hawaii.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Mont Rainier is seen in the distance as pilot Rory Yoder flies a C-130H during an inspection of the crabbing fleet  in the Pacific Ocean.

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Mont Rainier is seen in the distance as pilot Rory Yoder flies a C-130H during an inspection of the crabbing fleet in the Pacific Ocean.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian A search helicopter flies over Smith Lake in Warrenton, Ore., during a search and rescue operation.

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A search helicopter flies over Smith Lake in Warrenton, Ore., during a search and rescue operation.

Megan Blunk will be playing for the U.S. WomenÕs wheelchair basketball team in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Megan Blunk will be playing for the U.S. WomenÕs wheelchair basketball team in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cassius Marsh (91) takes in the crowd noise after a kickoff return in the third quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the San Francisco 49ers in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cassius Marsh (91) takes in the crowd noise after a kickoff return in the third quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the San Francisco 49ers in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Zachary Seidel, who tried to make citizen's arrests on Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear and Police Chief Brad Johnston at a City Council meeting, looks on during his hearing at the Clatsop County Courthouse. Seidel chose to represent himself at the hearing.

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Zachary Seidel, who tried to make citizen’s arrests on Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear and Police Chief Brad Johnston at a City Council meeting, looks on during his hearing at the Clatsop County Courthouse. Seidel chose to represent himself at the hearing.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian An athlete reacts as he fails to clear the bar during a pole vaulting event at The Daily Astorian track and field meet at Seaside High School.

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An athlete reacts as he fails to clear the bar during a pole vaulting event at The Daily Astorian track and field meet at Seaside High School.

Emerald Ridge High graduate Hassan Mackey and his father, Larry Mackey, stand for a portrait. Hassan is trying to play for the Uganda Lacrosse National League, becoming the first African American to play for an African team.

Emerald Ridge High graduate Hassan Mackey and his father, Larry Mackey, stand for a portrait. Hassan is trying to play for the Uganda Lacrosse National League, becoming the first African American to play for an African team.

Gig HarborÕs Jenna Anderson looks to pass during the Washington girl's high school water polo state championship game at Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Gig HarborÕs Jenna Anderson looks to pass during the Washington girl’s high school water polo state championship game at Curtis High School in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Gig Harbor's Bailey Werner (2) heads the ball in the second half. Gig Harbor played Peninsula in a soccer match at Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Wash., on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Gig Harbor’s Bailey Werner (2) heads the ball in the second half. Gig Harbor played Peninsula in a soccer match at Gig Harbor High School in Gig Harbor, Wash., on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets pumped up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Seattle Seahawks played the Atlanta Falcons in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets pumped up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Seattle Seahawks played the Atlanta Falcons in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Blayke Pribnow, 4, swims in the pool after his swimming lesson at the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup, Wash., on Thursday, November 3, 2016. After swimming for slightly longer than a year, Pribnow is competing in swim meets against kids much older.

Blayke Pribnow, 4, swims in the pool after his swimming lesson at the Mel Korum YMCA in Puyallup, Wash., on Thursday, November 3, 2016. After swimming for slightly longer than a year, Pribnow is competing in swim meets against kids much older.

Narrows Baseball Club pitcher Patrick Fredrickson was named to the Area Code Games roster for August in Long Beach, California.

Narrows Baseball Club pitcher Patrick Fredrickson was named to the Area Code Games roster for August in Long Beach, California.

Rogers High School graduate Jeremy Cornely will play lacrosse for the University of Montana.

Rogers High School graduate Jeremy Cornely will play lacrosse for the University of Montana.

Bonney Lake high school players warm up for the game against Wilson High School at Bonney Lake High School in Bonney Lake, Wash., on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Bonney Lake high school players warm up for the game against Wilson High School at Bonney Lake High School in Bonney Lake, Wash., on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Rachel Burke, 16, straightens up her goat while presenting it at the goat showmanship competition at the The Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Wash., on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Rachel Burke, 16, straightens up her goat while presenting it at the goat showmanship competition at the The Washington State Fair in Puyallup, Wash., on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Firefighters rescue a hiker than fell down a cliff at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Firefighters rescue a hiker than fell down a cliff at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Wash., on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Peninsula's Blake Cantu (37) scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the Fishbowl. Peninsula High School played Gig Harbor High School in the Fishbowl at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy, Wash., on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Peninsula’s Blake Cantu (37) scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the Fishbowl. Peninsula High School played Gig Harbor High School in the Fishbowl at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy, Wash., on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Washington defensive lineman Greg Gaines (99) sacks Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns (17) in the second quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Stanford Cardinal in a football game at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Washington defensive lineman Greg Gaines (99) sacks Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns (17) in the second quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Stanford Cardinal in a football game at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash., on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Jasmyne Neria collapses across the finish line while competing in the 2A 400m race at the Star Track XXXIV at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Jasmyne Neria collapses across the finish line while competing in the 2A 400m race at the Star Track XXXIV at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Thousands turned out Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for an attempt to break the world record for the largest squirt gun fight. The event benefited 4US, which raises money for ultrasound equipment for pregnancy centers.

Thousands turned out Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood for an attempt to break the world record for the largest squirt gun fight. The event benefited 4US, which raises money for ultrasound equipment for pregnancy centers.

Washington running back Lavon Coleman (22) takes the field before the game. The Washington Huskies played the Oregon Ducks in a football game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Washington running back Lavon Coleman (22) takes the field before the game. The Washington Huskies played the Oregon Ducks in a football game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Bonney LakeÕs Dreakeanna Adair competes in the 3A girls discus event during Star Track XXXIV at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Bonney LakeÕs Dreakeanna Adair competes in the 3A girls discus event during Star Track XXXIV at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham pulls down a one-handed catch for a touchdown through the defense of Bills corner back Nickell Robey-Coleman (21) and Bills safety Robert Blanton (26) in the second quarter. Seattle Seahawks played the Buffalo Bills in a NFL game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham pulls down a one-handed catch for a touchdown through the defense of Bills corner back Nickell Robey-Coleman (21) and Bills safety Robert Blanton (26) in the second quarter. Seattle Seahawks played the Buffalo Bills in a NFL game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Security tackles a shirtless man who ran on the field in the third quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the Buffalo Bills in a NFL game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Security tackles a shirtless man who ran on the field in the third quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the Buffalo Bills in a NFL game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Firefighters respond to a fire at the Polymer Industries building in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Firefighters respond to a fire at the Polymer Industries building in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Sandy Rose, right, looks lovingly toward George Eckhoff, left, during their wedding at Chapel on Echo Bay on Fox Island, Wash., on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Rose, 76, and Eckhoff, 103, met when they both lived at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle. Rose delivered a birthday card to Eckhoff and Eckhoff offered dinner as a thank you.

Sandy Rose, right, looks lovingly toward George Eckhoff, left, during their wedding at Chapel on Echo Bay on Fox Island, Wash., on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Rose, 76, and Eckhoff, 103, met when they both lived at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle. Rose delivered a birthday card to Eckhoff and Eckhoff offered dinner as a thank you.

Washington running back Lavon Coleman (22) runs into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Washington running back Lavon Coleman (22) runs into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Washington Huskies played the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Panthers corner back Robert McClain (27) breaks up a pass intended for Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) in the first quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the Carolina Panthers in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Panthers corner back Robert McClain (27) breaks up a pass intended for Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) in the first quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the Carolina Panthers in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) hurdles Panthers corner back Daryl Worley (26) for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the Carolina Panthers in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) hurdles Panthers corner back Daryl Worley (26) for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seattle Seahawks played the Carolina Panthers in a NFL football game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

Two-time Cy young award winner Tim Lincecum falls as he pitches against the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium Thursday evening, his first rehab game for the Salt Lake City Bees.

Two-time Cy young award winner Tim Lincecum falls as he pitches against the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium Thursday evening, his first rehab game for the Salt Lake City Bees.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Rodney Smith makes a touchdown catch under pressure from Seahawks safety Tyvis Powell in the fourth quarter. The Seattle Seahawks play the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Rodney Smith makes a touchdown catch under pressure from Seahawks safety Tyvis Powell in the fourth quarter. The Seattle Seahawks play the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

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I’m doing a fairly poor job of doing monthly blog posts so here is a collection of photos from the past few months. I’m continuing to work on my portraits and having fun shooting football of all levels.

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Almost six years ago, I moved out of Gig Harbor hellbent on getting out of town and setting up roots in some other part of the country. Now I’m living in Tacoma working for The News Tribune covering assignments for their weeklies in Puyallup… and Gig Harbor.

Life is funny like that.

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Life has been pretty hectic over the past several months. I moved out of Astoria, moved into a garage for a month, and finally found a house where me and my girlfriend are enjoying the 6th Ave life with her dog and our fluffy orange tiger.

I even have workspace to set up a studio, a project for when I have some extra free time.

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The work at the weeklies is a strange change of pace. But it’s a good one. Many of my assignments are portrait-based and I’ve been lucky to have the time to play with lights and experiment. I’m also doing a lot of video, something I was certainly wasn’t comfortable doing before.

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So yeah, here is a collection of my favorite frames from the past few months. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue doing a monthly work-related blog or change directions and make it more personal-work related. We’ll see how I feel as August winds down.

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Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Wind sweeps sands over the dunes at Fort Stevens State Park on March 1.

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Wind sweeps sands over the dunes at Fort Stevens State Park on March 1.

A boogie boarder hits the waves at Papakōlea Beach.

A boogie boarder hits the waves at Papakōlea Beach.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Seaside's Attikin Babb, No. 33, walks away as Philomath players celebrate after Philomath's 55-45 win at the 4A State Championship at Liberty High School

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Seaside’s Attikin Babb, No. 33, walks away as Philomath players celebrate after Philomath’s 55-45 win at the 4A State Championship at Liberty High School

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian A bird seen in Astoria.

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A bird seen in Astoria.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian A seagull seen at the East End Mooring Basin.

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A seagull seen at the East End Mooring Basin.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Knappa's Dale Takalo, No. 7, tags out Reedsport baserunner Tyler Tresch, No. 10, at third base in the eighth inning of the baseball game against Reedsport at CMH Field.

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Knappa’s Dale Takalo, No. 7, tags out Reedsport baserunner Tyler Tresch, No. 10, at third base in the eighth inning of the baseball game against Reedsport at CMH Field.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Seaside's Jetta Ideue dodges an errant throw en route to scoring an inside-the-park home run during the softball game against Naselle at Broadway Field.

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Seaside’s Jetta Ideue dodges an errant throw en route to scoring an inside-the-park home run during the softball game against Naselle at Broadway Field.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Astoria's Rylee Demander warms up before stepping up to the plate during the softball game against Naselle.

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Astoria’s Rylee Demander warms up before stepping up to the plate during the softball game against Naselle.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Hair flies as Astoria's Libby Dibartolomeo pitches in the fifth inning of the softball game against Corbett at CMH Field.

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Hair flies as Astoria’s Libby Dibartolomeo pitches in the fifth inning of the softball game against Corbett at CMH Field.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Sea Lions and harbor seals dive off the docks of the East End Mooring Basin after crews from the Port of Astoria inflated air dancers in an attempt to scare the pinnipeds this morning.

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Sea Lions and harbor seals dive off the docks of the East End Mooring Basin after crews from the Port of Astoria inflated air dancers in an attempt to scare the pinnipeds this morning.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Waves crash against the South Jetty.

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Waves crash against the South Jetty.

A boogie boarder swims out toward the waves at Papakōlea Beach.

A boogie boarder swims out toward the waves at Papakōlea Beach.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Crews remove plane debris from the Columbia River on Tuesday. The privately owned AT-6 North American military trainer from 1941, crashed into the Columbia about a mile north of Pier 39 in Astoria on March 23.

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Crews remove plane debris from the Columbia River on Tuesday. The privately owned AT-6 North American military trainer from 1941, crashed into the Columbia about a mile north of Pier 39 in Astoria on March 23.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Plane debris sits on a truck trailer at sunset. The privately owned AT-6 North American military trainer from 1941, crashed into the Columbia about a mile north of Pier 39 in Astoria on March 23.

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Plane debris sits on a truck trailer at sunset. The privately owned AT-6 North American military trainer from 1941, crashed into the Columbia about a mile north of Pier 39 in Astoria on March 23.

A boogie boarder flips through the air as he hits the waves at Papakōlea Beach.

A boogie boarder flips through the air as he hits the waves at Papakōlea Beach.

Palm trees at sunrise in Kona, Hawaii.

Palm trees at sunrise in Kona, Hawaii.

A swimmer in the bay in Kona, Hawaii.

A swimmer in the bay in Kona, Hawaii.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian Yazmin Shiraz at the Malama Day Spa in Astoria shot for the preview of the Jane Barnes Revue.

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Yazmin Shiraz at the Malama Day Spa in Astoria shot for the preview of the Jane Barnes Revue.

David swimming off the coast of the Big Island.

David swimming off the coast of the Big Island.

Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian A derelict vessel sits in the Columbia River off the Washington coast.  In 2011, Washington and Oregon created the Columbia River Derelict Vessel Task Force, which identified 40 vessels of concern, many of them more than 100 feet long and with unknown levels of pollution.

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A derelict vessel sits in the Columbia River off the Washington coast. In 2011, Washington and Oregon created the Columbia River Derelict Vessel Task Force, which identified 40 vessels of concern, many of them more than 100 feet long and with unknown levels of pollution.

Millie the chocolate lab at Aloha Hills Coffee Farm.

Millie the chocolate lab at Aloha Hills Coffee Farm.

© Joshua Bessex 2016 A palm tree at sunrise in Kona, Hawaii.

© Joshua Bessex 2016
A palm tree at sunrise in Kona, Hawaii.

Last week I went on a family vacation to the Big Island for several days. I travelled light, spending most of my time relaxing, exploring, and hanging out with family. Even so, I still couldn’t resist taking a camera and capturing scenes of the island’s beauty. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Enjoy.

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