Colon cancer. It’s really not a laughing matter. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer for men and women combined. Nearly 50,000 people die every year in the United States, according to About.com. Colorectal cancer is the most common but most preventable cancer.
Last Saturday, the Sonoma County Oncology Nursing Society hosted an event at Coddingtown by bringing in a 20 foot inflatable walk through colon. The Prevent Cancer Super Colon is shipped to all corners of the country that let people see differences between a healthy colon and one scarred with polyps, colitis and cancer.
For photographic purposes, I’m glad it was red.
In this job, there’s an abundance of unusual to photograph. The assignments can stretch the gamut day to day, week to week. The past week offered assignments I’ve covered before, but a couple of those had twists.
In the last four years or so, I’ve been out to the coast several times to cover tsunami warnings. Most times a meek little wave rolls ashore and that’s about it. Normally, dozens of spectators for these wait and see events turn out to…wait and see. Last Friday was different. Obvious surges of seawater hit the coast for nearly 24 hours. If Bodega Bay had a narrow inlet like Santa Cruz and faced a little more west, there would have most likely been damage. Luckily there was not. Surprisingly, the expected throngs of people weren’t around to witness natures hammer.
Other odds and ends? A shoot for an upcoming Savor magazine will include two coyotes, one of which will be howling at the Stewarts Point General Store ceiling in perpetuity. I guess it’s better than the partner nearly sniffing it’s derriere for all time.
Then, there was a Horizon flight I was sent to photograph at our commuter airport. I was able to board the flight and photograph passengers boarding to illustrate a story on Horizon’s five years in SoCo. The problem? I kept smacking my head on the ceiling and overhead bins, these aircraft have low ceilings. I even greeted passengers when they stepped aboard because I kept blocking the flight attendant from doing her job. “Hi! Welcome to Horizon Air!
Of course I had to put a silhouette in here too. They’re cool.
Then a more serious story on a local food bank that needs to find a new home.
What’s next? That’s a secret. You’ll just have to grab a copy of the Press Democrat to keep up with the goings on.