On Assignment: Dealing With Bad Weather

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Last Saturday, Oct. 8, was some of the worst weather I have had to work through in years.  It was 40 degrees, windy and raining. Throughout the day, the rain turned into snow then back into rain and finally back into snow. Surprise, surprise, all of my assignments were outside for the day. When I arrived at my first assignment it was immediately clear what the story would be: mud. Instead of a standard feature assignment, it became a giant weather assignment. I laced up my boots, headed into the pumpkin patch and concentrated on finding the muddiest pumpkins and people.

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Pumpkin Fest at Chatfield Botanical Gardens


Every year we cover the Pumpkin fest at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. I guess I cover it. I don’t know that last time we have actually published a story about it. It usually makes for some great photos. A great editor once told me, “kids and dogs, that’s what sells papers.” I hate to admit it but in my market that is often the case.

The pumpkin fest attracts all kinds of people including kids and dogs. With the weather as nice as it was, this year was no exception. I think that the photo above gives you the general idea of the experience.