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STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

April 10: Photographing a story about alder trees with reporter Lynda V. Mapes, both of us were blown away by the gobs of pollen released from the alder catkins in the Tiger Mountain State Forest near Issaquah. A few shakes with the motordrive blazing produced instant visual hay fever. We ran it huge on the front page of the newspaper.

"Surfing was my love as a teenager, but I lived in Oregon where the water temperature was bitter. My father told me about a school he wanted to attend when he was getting out of high school called Brooks Institute of Photography, in Santa Barbara. The seed was planted: All I could think about was wearing flip-flops, riding a cruiser bike down to the waves, my surfboard under my arm. Short story: Ended up attending Brooks, fell in love with photography, stopped surfing and now, 35 years later, want to start surfing again." — Steve Ringman