The merry-go-round of news photography keeps on keeping on.  This job never gets boring.

Right around the corner another story awaits and that’s a good thing.

When I’m buried in another few decades, my cameras will have to be pried from my hands. This an awesome time to be a photojournalist, even if  the industry is ailing. So many good pictures to be made, so little time.

From levitating cheerleaders, batman in a pumpkin field  to Occupy Santa Rosa, Sonoma County is far from boring.

It’s Phototopia!

Mateo Strawbridge, 17, of Santa Rosa attends Occupy Santa Rosa at First Street and Santa Rosa Avenue during a day of worldwide protests. About 2500 people turned out for the protest, Saturday Oct. 15, 2011.(Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Posing for a picture at the Winston S. Churchill and James S. Brady Courage Cup at the Santa Rosa Polo Club, Saturday Oct. 8, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

 

An original Occupy Santa Rosa organizer, Karyl Averill is overcome with emotion after it was announced there would be no police action against putting tents up on the lawns atcity hall, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 and rally on the steps of city hall. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The Winston S. Churchill and James S. Brady Courage Cup at the Santa Rosa Polo Club, Saturday Oct. 8, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Clown for Peace Brino Ism, of Santa Rosa attends Occupy Santa Rosa at First Street and Santa Rosa Avenue during a day of worldwide protests. About 2500 people turned out for the protest, Saturday Oct. 15, 2011.(Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Twenty year-old Tess McDermott of Sebastopol, front and long time friend Tara Hintz of Cotati. 20, occupy the corner of First Street and Santa Rosa Avenue during a day of worldwide protests. About 2500 people turned out for Occupy Santa Rosa, Saturday Oct. 15, 2011.(Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Occupy Santa Rosa, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Denell Nawrocki acknowledges the points of the compass before an Occupy Santa Rosa march, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 and rally on the steps of city hall. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Occupy Santa Rosa march on E Street, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 in downtown Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Four year-old Camaelia Xi stays close to her parents tent on the lawn of city hall, during a rally at Occupy Santa Rosa, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Tess McDermott checks out a neighboring tent at City Hall, during Occupy Santa Rosa, Saturday Oct. 29, 2011. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Theresa Mateo, 17, is crowned Homecoming Queen at Cardinal Newman, Friday Oct. 28, 2011 as her brother, Cardinal Newman graduate Paul Mateo is her escort. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2011

It was Cardinal Newman's homecoming, Friday Oct. 28, 2011 at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2011

Cardinal Newman head coach Paul Cronin gives a play to quarterback, Zach Rodriguez during Newmans' game with Rancho Cotate, Friday Oct. 28, 2011 at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2011

Rancho Cotate cheerleaders perform levitation at half time, Friday Oct. 28, 2011 at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2011

Maggie Ballard of Sebastopol uses the evening light as her palette as she paints a fall vineyard scene off of Eastside Road, near Forestville, Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2011

Four and a half-year-old Carlos Acosta of Santa Rosa is one step closer to Halloween as he and his parents look for a pumpkin at Jim Groverman's Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and corn maze, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2011 off Stony Point Road. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

-Kent Porter