The 2014/15 winter high school varsity sports season recently came to a close. The Darkroom turns back the clock to take a look at some of the best pictures taken by the Baltimore Sun Media Group during the term. These images not only show the intense competitive nature of the athletes, but also the creative approaches taken by the various photographers in documenting these events.
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For the first time since 2000, the Department of Natural Resources endorsed extending the oyster harvesting season in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for Maryland watermen. This was due to the harsh winter that froze those waters, causing watermen to miss a good portion of the season. Also, for the first time in six years, state regulators opened up Kent Narrows to shellfish harvesting. It is a rare case for watermen to gain a new area to tong for the prized oysters.
The day in photos from around the world.
Great Britain commemorated the ceasing on combat activities in Afghanistan as the Queen was joined by many veterans at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by many of the Royal Family. There was a military flyover downtown London and a parade by veterans as they paid tribute to those who fought and died in the 13 year war.
On February 2nd, the famous weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Little did we know how bitter cold and snowy it would be. According to a Baltimore Sun article, February 2015 was the second coldest on record with an average temperature of 25.3 degrees, the coldest since 1934. Though we haven’t seen record snow falls, what we have seen along with the cold temperatures have lead to hard winter for the greater Baltimore region. The most recent snowfall left six to 10 inches through out the area. Creating work and nuisance for some, and a reason to get out and play for others. In addition, it also created beautiful scenic landscapes. Here are some of the best photos from that storm.
This Sunday with be the 87th Academy Awards better known as the Oscars. The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and are voted on by their members. Through the years there have been many memorable moments on Oscar night as represented by these images.
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who was born and raised in the Baltimore area, recently completed a stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS). From May to November 2014, he literally had a window on the world as the space station circled in low orbit around Earth.
Now Wiseman is back visiting several locations in the region, including the Maryland Science Center, where he is displaying some of his amazing videos and pictures that he took during his stay on board the ISS.
In October of 1986, when I was working as a staff photographer for The Baltimore Sun, I was assigned to cover a NAACP function where Rosa Parks was one of the guests of honor. I was aware of the significant role she played during the civil rights struggle and was looking forward to taking her picture. For much of the night the pictures I got were the standard society function images. At one point I looked around for Rosa and did not see her. I wandered around till I found her sitting in a side room by herself.
The demolition of the L Blast Furnace at Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point recently brought about the end of an era to a Baltimore County icon. The mill was a place where generations of steel making families worked. During its many years of operation The Baltimore Sun has been there to document the company from industry giant to its final collapse. The Darkroom decided to take a look back at some of the memorable photos over the decades.
In late January 2015, a Prince George’s County family narrowly escaped from their car before it was swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a water main break, according to the Associated Press.
To explore this geological phenomenon, we took a look at some of the more notable sinkholes to form worldwide, as well as a few that made headlines in Maryland in the last 10 years.