In 2003, Fort Carson's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment was deployed to join the second Iraq War. As a staff photographer for the Colorado Springs Gazette, I was embedded with the armored unit as they acclimated to their new surroundings and took on their mission in northwestern Iraq. 
       
     
 Alex Fritch and his sister Ana empty the water from their boots after splashing in the puddles near the tulips during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. "The flowers are incidental. The mud and the puddles are far more interesting," say their mother, who has brought the siblings there the past five years. The kids have come to enjoy playing in the puddles so much, that the family times its visits for after a rain, bringing multiple changes of clothes. This was change number two on the day. 
       
     
 University of Washington's Jesse Callier sheds a defender during a 55-yard kickoff return against the University of Hawaii Warriors at Husky Stadium in Seattle.