Outtakes January: 2018’s first days

“Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.” Marianne Williamson

January is over and, so far it’s been a productive beginning to the year. Here are 10 of my favorites from the month.



Juliana Browning, left, pushes her 10-year-old daughter Alyssa Browning on her skates, center, who in turn pushes her 9-year-old step-sister Lucy Register riding a cart through Grupe Park in Stockton. The two girls were trying out their new Christmas presents with a little help from mom.



Human trafficking survivor Denise Estrada, right, is hugged by Family Justice Center project director and family crimes coordinator for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office Suzanne Schultz at the 2nd annual Human Trafficking Community Summit at the San Joaquin County Office of Education in Stockton.

Welder Nick Campo with Cronos Constuction works on building a new 30-ft-tall, 2-million gallon, ground level water tank on El Dorado and Jackson streets in south Stockton. The new tank replaces the 100-ft. tall water tower built in the 1940s which was removed in May due seismic concerns.



Sign painter Rod Lundy, owner/operator of the Eugene, Oregon-based Goldnrod Graphix, paints a new sign for the Twisted Barrel wine tasting room in downtown Lodi. Lundy, was in the Lodi wine country visiting friends when he got the opportunity to pick up a little extra work.



The Lodi Arch is reflected in a puddle left by a rain that soaked the ground at Pine and Sacramento streets in downtown Lodi.



Gillian Moffitt with the Wine Country Curling Club wears her sentiments about curling on her shirt while waiting to competing in the Stockton-based Granite Curling Club of California’s curling tournament at the Stockton Arena in downtown Stockton.



Raksmey Roeum Castleman meditates with her 7-year-old twin daughters Rhaiya, left, and Raiyah at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton.



Glenn Glissman, scout master of Lodi Troop 295, cuts a stripe off of a 25-foot by 15-foot flag which flew over the Bank of Stockton Quail Lakes Drive location, during Boy Scout Troop 10′s flag retirement ceremony in the parking lot of the Lincoln Center shopping mall in Stockton. Each stripe was cut off of the flag an burned individually as well as the filed of stars on blue.



Resident Floyd Wilson asks Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs a question during a town hall meeting concerning Swenson Park Golf Course at Sierra Middle School in Stockton.



Siblings Angela and Samuel Tsubera of Elk Grove watch a “super blue blood” moon from the Cosumnes River Preserve near Thornton in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 30. The moon is a “supermoon” because it is closer the Earth than a normal full moon. It is also a “blue” moon because it is the second full moon in the same month (the first occurring on January 1). The blood moon references a lunar eclipse which at it’s peak colors the moon orange/red.

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