Fear mixed with fun

Thursday, October 28, 2010
By Joe Duty

Gore, macabre, death, horror, torture and pain generate fear; blood-curdling, ice-veined, paralytic fear.

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Shape notes

Thursday, October 21, 2010
By Joe Duty

Brass bends space in metallic reflection. Sky, stands, track and marching band members warp strangely around the mercury-colored tuba as bellowing notes exaggerate gridiron drama.

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Preparing for battle

Thursday, October 7, 2010
By Joe Duty

An old saying in Texas is "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes."

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Summer is fading

Thursday, September 30, 2010
By Joe Duty

Hints of summer persist as the slow rust of fall fades into view.

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Head over heels for rodeo

Thursday, September 23, 2010
By Joe Duty

Our roaming photographer journeyed 1,800 miles last week to record moments from the 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up.

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Leaping into the past


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A centralized, civilized East conquered the wild, tribal American West. The epic battle of bone, flesh, hoof, muscle, arrow, steel, pride and gunpowder started in the nineteenth century and bled into the twentieth.

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First day through a child’s eyes


By Joe Duty

Bright, innocent eyes peer into shaded regions.

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Back to school blur


By Joe Duty

Neat new shoes shuffle fleetlingly over waxed, firm floors. Heads bobble under fluorescent bulbs beaming cold, flat light.

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Spinning in the moonlight


By Joe Duty

A crescent moon loomed low like a golden paper boat floating on a purple velvet dome over Wise County last week.

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Americana in red

Thursday, August 12, 2010
By Joe Duty

The lines go on forever. Fantastic, polished, bright curves blend over red hot black and gray asphalt. Flashing streams of reflected white light guides the eyes in indefinite semicircles.

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Water Colors

Thursday, August 5, 2010
By Joe Duty

On a recent trip to Maine, our roaming photographer captured a sea kayak pushing off the coast of Camden.

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Optical memories

Thursday, July 29, 2010
By Joe Duty

The memories we create during the summers of our youth last a lifetime, but we don't always get to choose which ones last and which ones erode in the winds of time.

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Shadowboxing

Thursday, July 15, 2010
By Joe Duty

When training, many fighters bob and weave from invisible opponents. They lunge at shadows like a cat's claw swiping at a flashlight beam.

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Shutter bugs

Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Wise County Messenger photographers Joe and Julie Duty had the opportunity to share tricks of the trade with local youngsters at a recent camp put on by the Learning Ladder in Decatur.

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Summer’s start

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Monday marked the first official day of summer, but a torrid spring has already left un-watered lawns beige and crispy as bagels.

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Water spots

Thursday, June 17, 2010
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The public pool at Runaway Bay provided the perfect location for our roaming photographer to tell the story of summer's approach.

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Focus on the little things

Thursday, June 10, 2010
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"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." - Robert Brault

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Stepping into a different world

Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Mist swirls above a rocky Oregon shoreline like silent specters caught between worlds.

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The force is strong …

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Today’s photograph for “Inside the Frame” is homegrown as opposed to previous shots wide-ranging from California to New York, Oregon to Washington, D.C. On the grounds surrounding many sporting events, children invent their own fun. Not content to simply stare at others romping in the dust, the young create their own games and matches. At […]

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Sea-side scene

Thursday, May 6, 2010
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A pod of sea lions huddled like writhing slabs of blubbery bacon beneath a fishermen’s wharf in Pismo Beach, Calif. Our photographer was climbing a set of worn wooden stairs leading to the dock when he eyed the herd of sea mammals waiting patiently among the pylons. The creatures gathered to receive the remnants of […]

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