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Wicked in Duke City – Albuquerque Journal

Crew load in and assemble the set for "Wicked" on Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014, at Popejoy Hall. Popejoy Hall will host the national touring act of "Wicked" for 24 shows beginning today at Popejoy Hall. The production travels with nearly 100 cast and crew members and while in Albuquerque, it hires 68 local talent for load in and will hire another 95 when the show ends its run in the Duke City on Oct. 5. According to Popejoy officials, there are also 15 local residents who are hired to help run the show. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Crew load in and assemble the set for “Wicked” on Tuesday morning, September 16, 2014, at Popejoy Hall. Popejoy Hall will host the national touring act of “Wicked” for 24 shows. The production travels with nearly 100 cast and crew members and while in Albuquerque, it hires 68 local talent for load in and will hire another 95 when the show ends its run in the Duke City on Oct. 5. According to Popejoy officials, there are also 15 local residents who are hired to help run the show. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Wicked is still playing at Popejoy Hall as I post this, even though this photo was taken last month. I absolutely love this show so I jumped at the chance to shoot them loading in the set. For anyone who knows the show, you know they are assembling Glinda’s Bubble.

Finding the Silverlining – Albuquerque Journal

A double rainbow is seen over the city after a late afternoon rain storm rolled through the city, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

A double rainbow is seen over the city after a late afternoon rain storm rolled through the city, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Summer is monsoon season in New Mexico. I grew up in Florida so I have to admit, I thought monsoon season was a bit overrated when I moved here seven years ago. After living with daily  Florida storms that would last a few hours during the summer, quickly followed by hurricane season, monsoon season was basically, “we get 15 minutes of rain during the summer in New Mexico.”

Over the years though I have come to appreciate monsoon season. The storms that roll through are so brief and yet the building clouds, the swirling sky, the moisture, and the sunsets left behind are all so memorable and refreshing.

We photograph the rain, the storms, the (occasional) damage, every year. This year is no different. It was another day in a week of anticipated daily rain and we needed an A1-worthy rain photo to go with a story. Problem was, it had yet to rain that day so the only art we had was going to be old for the next day’s print. Right around deadline (right before sunset) the sky started to darken but the only staff photographer who was working at that time had an assignment that he couldn’t leave. So I grabbed my camera and ran out the door in search of a rainy photo. I normally only work the desk now so it’s rare I get to do any dashing-out-the-door in search of a photo.

I went to an overlook of the city downtown that I had found another day during a storm. The rain wasn’t spectacular, there was no lightning, and the clouds were just a solid layer of gray. Of course. I waited it out and just when I was about to give up hope because the rain was stopping and the deadline was inching so very close, I turned around and there was a double rainbow over the city. Click. Run around the area looking for the best composition. Click. Click. And then it faded away.

Antiques Roadshow – Albuquerque Journal

Antiques Roadshow. Who doesn’t love it? Okay, maybe the vintage geek in me loves it more than some people. I can remember watching it as a child and marveling at all the things people found in their closets, at a yard sale, or items their great grandparents had left them. Now with my personal foray into the world of vintage clothing, I was geeking out pretty badly when I got the chance to shoot it for the paper. Here are some of the sights from that day.

Nicholas Lowry, at left, a vintage poster specialist and appraiser from New York City, poses with a life-sized poster of the Lone Ranger that Tom, of Albuquerque, brought in to be appraised along with a matching poster of Tonto to the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. After the appraisal, Lowry had an impromptu photo session of himself with the posters, including a few selfies. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Nicholas Lowry, at left, a vintage poster specialist and appraiser from New York City, poses with a life-sized poster of the Lone Ranger that Tom, of Albuquerque, brought in to be appraised along with a matching poster of Tonto to the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. After the appraisal, Lowry had an impromptu photo session of himself with the posters, including a few selfies. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

People wait in line at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

People wait in the first of many lines at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Appraiser Peter Fairbanks looks at a painting with UV light to see if the signature was added to the painting later at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Appraiser Peter Fairbanks looks at a painting with UV light to see if the signature was added to the painting later at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

At left, Martha Blackwelder looks over an instrument owned by Gloria, of Albuquerque, at right at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. Gloria believed the instrument to be of Chinese origin and was surprised when Blackwelder told her the instrument was from India. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

At left, Martha Blackwelder looks over an instrument owned by Gloria, of Albuquerque, at right at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. Gloria believed the instrument to be of Chinese origin and was surprised when Blackwelder told her the instrument was from India. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Bill, of Gallup, rolls his antique movie poster wood cut down the line at Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. The poster was for the early 1900s movie "Mutt and Jeff in Havana." (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Bill, of Gallup, rolls his antique movie poster wood cut down the line at Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. The poster was for the early 1900s movie “Mutt and Jeff in Havana.” (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Asian Arts appraiser Lark Mason speaks with August, at left, and Alane, at right, about one of the prints they brought in to the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Asian Arts appraiser Lark Mason speaks with August, at left, and Alane, at right, about one of the prints they brought in to the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Mary, of Albuquerque, waits patiently with Joe, her antique life-sized Native American figure, at Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. Joe previously could be seen at the former Turquoise Lady in Old Town from approximately 1975 until 2000, according to Mary. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Mary, of Albuquerque, waits patiently with Joe, her antique life-sized Native American figure, at Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. Joe previously could be seen at the former Turquoise Lady in Albuquerque’s Old Town from approximately 1975 until 2000, according to Mary. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Alana, of Corrales and Santa Fe, reacts as Steven Porterfield, of Midland, TX, appraises her 1870s satin wedding dress at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. Alana's mother bought an antique trunk in 1956 for Alana to play dress up with the clothing inside and the wedding dress was at the bottom of the trunk.(Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Alana, of Corrales and Santa Fe, reacts as Steven Porterfield, of Midland, TX, appraises her 1870s satin wedding dress at the Antiques Roadshow at the Albuquerque Convention Center, July 19, 2014, in Albuquerque NM. Alana’s mother bought an antique trunk at an auction in 1956 for Alana to play dress up with the clothing inside and the wedding dress was at the bottom of the trunk. (Morgan Petroski/Journal)

Michelle Flyingman – Gathering of Nations 2012

Hear Albuquerque resident and 2012 Gathering of Nations VENUE cover model, Michelle Flyingman, 26, talk about her first Kiowa style trophy dress that she wore at the 2012 Gathering of Nations.

Video filming and editing by Morgan Petroski/Albuquerque Journal
Photos by Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal

Filled With Faith

As San Jose Parish of Albuquerque, NM, continues to see a growth in church attendance, the small interiors of the adobe church seem unable to contain the large immigrant-based congregation. Rev. Gabriel Paredes Arroyo speaks about the church and its members. The piece was produced for the Albuquerque Journal in spring of 2008. Hit the play button at bottom left to begin the slideshow with audio.