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ELLEN M. BANNER / The Seattle Times

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 Pictures of the Year

Sept. 6
Flamingoes check out one of the new chicks at the Woodland Park Zoo. Six chicks had hatched in the previous days, and five more eggs remained. Once the chicks get their waterproof feathers, in about six weeks, they and their parents are returned to the flamingo exhibit for the public to see. Most of the flamingos at the zoo are more than 36 years old; they live about 70 years.
Working as a photojournalist opens so many windows to other people’s lives. We see the best, as well as the opposite, that life has to offer: people who commit horrible crimes, some remorseful, some who don’t seem sorry at all. Then we turn around and see a little boy grinning from ear to ear as he hands out daffodils downtown with his classmates on the first day of spring. No two days are the same; there are surprises around every corner, and we make a living seeing, sharing and learning about others. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve always heard that if you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life. Not everyone has a job they love. I’m one of the lucky ones. — Ellen M. Banner