Onboard for a ride during the Skid Steer Rodeo

Take a ride through the obstacle course on a skid steer during the skid steer rodeo at the Virginia Farm Show with video at 4x normal speed.

(Video by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

Waterfall in Winter


Snow and ice create a pictorial backdrop for a waterfall on Folly Mills Creek near Staunton, Va., on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / Red Shirt photographer)

Fog over the valley below


Fog hovers like a mist shrouding the valley below, visible from an overlook along Interstate 64 on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)


Repainting the railway signal house

Repainting the railway signal house

One man paints through an open window as another looks out from the adjacent one. Bristol Environmental Inc. paints the circa 1886 signal house at the train station in Staunton for Amtrak on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

(Photos by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)


Photographer’s Note: Seeing that the story budget was a bit light, I kept my eyes open for possible feature images. Originally, I was planning on something else but stumbled upon this happening and liked what I was seeing. For me, the person looking out from the second window makes the photo.  

Woodturning in Crimora

(Photos by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)


Photographer’s Note: Heading into this particular Saturday, I knew assignments were light and so picked out two events happening that I felt would make for enjoyable visual moments. It was well worth the trip out to their workshop. 

Watching the Glue

Saturday Art for Kids

Kayla Duff, 9, of Waynesboro adds a bit of glue to the back of a photo is plans to add to the collage she creates. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center hosted “Saturday Art for Kids” at their location in Waynesboro, Va., on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

“They’re not afraid of anything,” says the art center’s Pat Garnett about the children she works with. “You just tell them what to do or show them, and they just do it. That’s what I love … the spontaneity of being a child.”

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)


Photographer’s Note: This marked the second of two events I found to photograph on this particular Saturday.  Of the photos I brought back from it, this is the one I enjoyed the most. 

Receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award


Kiersten Parkinson of Troop 9362 lights the candles as part of the candle lighting ceremony as the Girl Scout Promise and Law is recited. Kiersten received the Girl Scout Gold Award during a ceremony at Boy Scout’s of America’s Camp Shenandoah in Swoope on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

(Photos by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)


Retiring after three decades

Jim Hinton retiring

Jim Hinton sits behind the desk in his office and talks about retiring after more than three decades running his mortgage business, Hinton Mortgage Company, during an interview in Waynesboro on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

Going Up

Wilson Memorial at Waynesboro boys' basketball

Waynesboro’s DeVante Robinson takes the ball up and shoots while guarded by Wilson Memorial’s John Leavell III and Mack Cullen during a basketball game played in Waynesboro on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

(Photo by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

Horse dental care = learning experience

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Dr. Kelly Stoneburner of Westwood Animal Hospital slips a speculum into place within Rocco’s mouth as senior Tori Prevette of Buffalo Gap High School observers while shadowing her. The device will keep the horses mouth open while Stoneburner smooths down the surface of the animals teeth, also called floating, during a house call to Cedar Creek Stables in Staunton on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.

“A lot of veterinarians invested a lot of time in letting me shadow them and learn from them,” says Stoneburner, “so it’s nice to be able to give back and let others learn as well because this is a profession where there needs to be a lot of teaching and learning that happens.”

(Photos by Mike Tripp / The News Leader)

Photographer’s Note: This series of photos came about on a day I was simply looking for a feature photo. It was found after another possible set of photos fell through. Not wanting to go home empty-handed, I visited a neighboring stable to see if anything was going on there and discovered the veterinarian making a house call.