Working into January 2017 has allowed me to notch the one-year mark on my time in central Texas, and as always, it's bringing with it new learning experiences and challenges. Outside of spot news, the daily grind at a newspaper can get cyclical as you move through the seasons. You'll know the weather that might come through, the sports that will be played, and local school's annual events. With the knowledge of what has come before, it's important to not get stuck in the grooves you carved in the past and attempt to see things from a new perspective, maybe even explore places you haven't seen yet. My paper recently had some turnover of key newsroom staff, and while that brings some stress, it also brings in some new blood with fresh eyes to see the local community through. 2017 has been fruitful thus far, and hopefully my luck will continue throughout. The other half of the photo team at The Eagle once told me that it's better to be lucky than good. So now I'm just trying to utilize my experience to put myself in the position to have a little luck find me.
So here are snapshots from things that I saw and places I've been since the beginning of 2017. Enjoy, please, and thank you.
Students practice on the driving range during a session of the Beginning Golf II class, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the driving range on The Campus Course at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
CForce Bottling Company
Chuck and Gena Norris pose for a portrait in front of the production line during the CForce Bottling Company grand opening event, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the company's plant in Navasota, Texas.
Crosstown Splashdown 2017
A&M Consolidated High School's Mason Wright competes in the Boys 200 yard Medley Relay Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 during the "Crosstown Splashdown" against Bryan High School, at the Texas A&M Student Rec Center Natatorium.
Local Demonstration Against Trump's Policies
Students inside the Sterling C. Evans library on the Texas A&M University's Campus watch as demonstrators march through campus Monday night, Jan. 30, 2017 in College Station, Texas.
Local Demonstration Against Trump's Policies
College Station firefighter Marcus Jones leans against a wall after helping put out a structure fire at the TexAgs building on George Bush Drive, Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2017, in College Station, Texas.
Daddy Daughter Dance 2017
Abigail Hoffpauir dances with her father Richard Saturday at the Hilton in College Station, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, during the annual Daddy Daughter Dance sponsored by the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley.
420th Engineer Brigade Deploys
Retired Maj. Gen. Al Jones salutes members of the 420th Engineer Brigade, based out of Bryan, Texas, as their plane pulls away from the terminal for deployment Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Easterwood Field Airport in College Station, Texas.
Valentines Day for Veterans
Students at Sul Ross Elementary School wave flags during a special "thank you" given to veterans Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Sul Ross Elementary School's Valentines Day for Veterans celebration in Bryan, Texas.
Valentines Day for Veterans
Sul Ross Elementary forth grader Weston Nash shakes hands with United States Army Sgt. first class Juan Garcia, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Sul Ross Elementary School's Valentines Day for Veterans celebration in Bryan, Texas.
Car Crash into Building
A College Station Police Officer helps a resident carry his belongings past the scene where a car crashed into an apartment building Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at 401 Southwest Pkwy in College Station, Texas.
Fire in the County
Firefighters work to squelch out a grass fire Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2017, just West of the intersection of Sandy Point Road and Burt Road in Bryan, Texas.
VIetnam correspondant Joseph L. Galloway, right, signs a copy of "We Were Soldiers Once…And Young" for William Williams after a panel discussion following a screening of the film "We Can't Forget: Vietnam" Thursday evening, Feb. 7, 2017, at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M junior outfielder Erica Russell (3) counts to three, signaling to her teammates when to yell in unison before their season-opening game against Lamar University, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in College Station, Texas.
Hunter Willett, 8, isn't too sure about Landon Miner (33) and Chris Andritsos' (40) new haircuts as the two have their heads shaved at the Texas A&M baseball team's BTHO Breast Cancer 2017 event, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Olsen Field in College Station, Texas.
Human Rights Campaign field organizer Sissi Yado pulls the curtains to a reception room closed Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at a letter writing campaign hosted by the Pride Community Center and the Human Rights Campaign at the Ozona Bar & Grill in College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M recreation park and tourism sciences grad student Brayden Gaard makes his way up the climbing wall Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the Student Recreation Center in College Station, Texas.
CSHS takes on Magnolia
The College Station High School bench celebrates after defensive play Friday evening, Feb. 17, 2016, during a playoff game against Magnolia High School at the Bernard Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.
Aggies Chop the Ladyjacks
Texas A&M outfielder Keeli Milligan (9) slides into third base to beat the tag by Stephen F. Austin State third baseman Lauren Becker (1) during a game played Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at the Aggie Softball Complex in College Station, Texas.
Elizabeth C. Berigan, a physician at The Internal Medicine Center in Bryan, Texas, lights a candle while others gather around during a candle-lit vigil for the Affordable Care Act, held Wednesday evening, March 22, 2017, in front of Texas State Representative Bill Flores's Bryan office on Briarcrest Boulevard in Bryan, Texas.
Archeologist Angela Gore
Texas A&M Ph.D candidate archeologist Angela Gore poses for a portrait Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in a lab at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
New playground goes up in College Station
T.F. Harper and Associates employee Josue Cruz breaks up a section of the concrete surrounding a newly-built playground to allow water to drain away from the grounds, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Oaks Park in College Station, Texas.
Ash Wednesday at St. Anthony's
Jo Ann Bairrington, right, administers ashes to the forehead of Matt Nobles, left, while Nobles' son Daniel, 1, looks on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas.
MatureWell Senior Lifestyle Center
Monsignor John Malinowski walks through and blesses the newly opened 23,000-square-foot MatureWell Senior Lifestyle Center after the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, March 3, 2017, in Bryan, Texas.
Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Safety of Citizens and Residents, Re
A worshiper sits at the back of the church while waiting for others to arrive during the Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Safety of Citizens and Residents, Refugees, Exiles, and Immigrants in the USA, held Sunday evening, March 5, 2017, at the Santa Teresa Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas.
AMC Orchestra heading to Carnegie Hall
A&M Consolidated High School freshman Caroline Becker practices playing her oboe while classmates Nathaniel Summer, center, and Isabela Cruz-Vespa try to keep it together Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in the orchestra room at A&M Consolidated High School, in College Station, Texas.
Trans Rights Rally
Protestors march from Rudder Plaza to the Academic Plaza during the Trans Rights Rally, a protest put on by Texas A&M student organization Transcend in opposition of Texas bill SB6, commonly referred to as the "Bathroom Bill," and in general support of the transgender community, Thursday, March 9, 2017, on campus at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
2017 NCAA Track & Filed Championships
Texas A&M's Mylik Kerley is mobbed by teammates after finishing the Men's 4x400 Meter Relay and clinching the team championship, Saturday, March 11, 2017, during the NCAA 2017 Track & Field Championships, held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Texas A&M's campus in College Station, Texas.
The Wings of Freedom Tour lands in College Station.
Retired United States Army Air Corps Capt. Robert W. Hansen, 95, looks into the bomb bay doors of a B-17 Flying or tress bomber Friday afternoon, March 10, 2017, when The Wings of Freedom Tour landed World War II era airplanes at Astin Aviation in College Station, Texas. Hansen, who was visiting the airfield with his son, Richard Hansen, and friend George Nelson, piloted B-24 Liberator bomber in England during World War II and ended up spending 35 years in active duty.
AMC takes on Tomball
A&M Consolidated High School's Austin Fowler (3) gets hit by a pitch from Tomball pitcher Eli Mendoza (9), Friday evening, March 17, 2017, at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M sophomore Mechanical Engineering student Hudson Lorfing counts up the hammers in one of the portable sheds being used to hold tools Friday morning, March 24, 2017, as students prepare for the Saturday's The Big Event, an event where thousands of students participate in a service project to help local residents, on campus at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Sisters Share umbrella
Sisters Jessica, left, and Sylvia Perez share an umbrella as they make their way into the tunnel running under Wellborn Boulevard, connecting the Texas A&M main campus with West Campus, Friday, March 24, 2017 in College Station, Texas.
Rollover on Hwy 21
A Sheriff Department employee greets the occupants of a single-vehicle rollover accident, Friday, March 24, 2017, at the overpass at Texas Highway 21 West and Highway 47. Nobody was injured in the accident.
Texas A&M outfielder Erica Russell (3) hopes for a rally as she cheers on her teammate in the bottom of the seventh inning of a game against the University of Missouri, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in College Station, Texas.
The Big Event 2017
Texas A&M students, from left, Tariq Khan, Haylie Tuttle, Michael Yu, Sophie Luu, and Mark Solano pitch in to wash the windows at Les and Sandy Pitman's home, Saturday, March 25, 2017, during The Big Event, a massive one-day service project where students volunteer to help out local citizens in Bryan, Texas.