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MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Jan. 8: When a large tree punched a hole in the bank of the Tolt River, neighbors came together to patch it with several hundred sandbags. Because most of the roads in Carnation were flooded and closed, I parked and walked two miles along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and down a steep bank to get to this section of the river where I could see a homeowner keeping watch on the water and talking on his cellphone. He paced back and forth as the rushing river lapped at the top of the sandbags. Some neighbors said this was the highest they'd seen the river in 30 years.

"I got started in photojournalism while in junior-high school photographing, writing and printing a weekly newsletter. Besides producing content, I enjoyed transferring the images and copy onto printing plates and seeing the photos rolling off the printing press we operated during class. Once in high school, I discovered that photographing the football and basketball games gave me the best seat in the house. I keep doing it because I love the action of doing something different every day, capturing moments in time and meeting the different people I get to photograph, whether it's a presidential candidate or a kid selling Kool-Aid on a hot summer day." — Mike Siegel