Michael McClure sits in the shade of a tree to paint April 27, 2022, as part of the Augusta Plein Air Festival. McClure said he’s been an artist for about 40 years and he prefers to use acrylic paint because of the more vibrant colors.
Naomi Boyd stares in wonder at a butterfly May 24, 2022, as her St. Francis Borgia Grade School class released the butterflies at they had watched grow and hatch.
Kim Strubberg reacts in surprise as a parade in her honor drives past her home Feb. 28, 2021. More than 20 cars lined up, and friends and family offered Strubberg well wishes for her upcoming kidney donation surgery.
Boaters are silhouetted against an orange sunset July 27, 2020, on the Missouri River near Washington.
Standing, from left, Eli Smith, Troop 409; Alex Straatmann, 9, Trevor Straatmann, 7, both Pack 464; and Connor Thomas, Troop 409; clutch flags as they wait to retire them Nov. 8, 2021.
Greg Hanson, of House Springs, lights up his hot air balloon Sept. 24, 2021, at the New Haven Balloon Glow. Hanson was also in charge of running the balloon race, which was held the next day.
Mara Brennan, 8, stands on the toes of her dad, Christ, as he waltzes her around the dance floor Feb. 11, 2022, during the Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance in Washington.
Kelly Smith searches for birds July 24, 2021, on the Katy Trail. Prior to setting out on the trail, her group, with the Missouri Young Birders Club, practiced listening for bird calls to get an idea of what they might find.
Bishop Mark Rivituso, right, distributes Communion to offenders at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center Nov. 24, 2021, during Mass.
Brittany Struckhoff uses a tool to adjust the shape of a deer’s mouth while creating a taxidermy of the animal Sept. 24, 2020.
Tom Dillon and Bill Rombach are hauled out of icy water during a Washington Fire Department rescue training Feb. 13, 2021.
Greg Kruse steps into Chris Carnahan’s plane Sept. 16, 2021, at the Hermann airport. Prior to losing his sight as a result of a car crash earlier in the year, Kruse had begun taking steps to earn his pilot’s license.
Caroline Risley, left, and Lillian Mullen share a lawn chair as they hand out candy underneath a model of a mad scientist Oct. 22, 2021, during a trunk-or-treat event at Washington West Elementary School.
Olivia Edwards climbs through the playground at Phoenix Park April 12, 2022, during the playground’s grand opening. Phoenix Park is the only playground south of Highway 100 in Washington.
Patricia Bowers, second from left, paints pysanky, or Ukrainian-style Easter eggs, with three of her granddaughters, from left, C’iyah Johnson, Camille Hayes and Demi Bradford June 5, 2022, at Peace Lutheran Church.
Richard Fields, left, watches as Tristen Koehmstedt places a poppy on the grave of a veteran May 30, 2022, at the Bethel Cemetery in Labadie. Both Washington NJROTC members saluted the grave before moving on to the next.
Blake Hammann, 9, holds his brother, Jaxson Hammann, 3, while the pair float through the New Haven Aquatic Complex’s lazy river July 17, 2021, during the pool’s grand opening weekend.
Landon Boston, 15, left, and Hunter Bakameyer, 16, race up the KC hill after sledding shirtless Feb. 3, 2022, in Washington.
Mark Hemmer fits a horseshoe to a hoof Feb. 23, 2022, at Quarter Line Dressage in Chesterfield. Hemmer uses a mobile forge to shape and fit pre-made shoes onto horses’ hooves.
A well-wisher pats Dr. Martin Rudloff on the back as he walks along Third Street July 30, 2020, in Washington as patients, families and others lined the street for a send-off parade after the pediatrician’s final day of work before retirement.
Liesel Kissinger, 9, pointing; Micah Jacquin, 5; Gretchen Kissinger, 8; and Noah Jacquin, 8; wear paper glasses that show the wearer multiple images of Santa Claus Nov. 26, 2021, while attending the Holiday Parade of Lights in Washington.
Gregory Krone shapes a piece of a violin Aug. 27, 2021, at his rural New Haven workshop. Krone hand crafts each instrument he makes.