Sunday, December 11, 2005

Star-Banner stuff

Charity Skating Event

DNA LifePrint Program

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Spot News... Apartment Fire

Friday, November 25, 2005

Marineland resurfaces with a focus on education

Gainesville Sun publication:

Sunday, November 20, 2005

First day at the Star-Banner!

I had three assignments, wrestling, Native American Festival and a basketball game yesterday. The Indian festival ended up being centerpiece for local and can be read here:

The basketball game story and photo is here:

And although some wrestling photos were published there is no article online but those photo can be seen on their purchasing photos page under "Latest Photos."

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Micanopy Fall Festival

Festival goers look at Anne Kipfer's fused glass on display at Micanopy's fall festival, Saturday Nov. 5, 2005.

From left, Scott Beckey, Jerry Jenkins and Daniel Bissing tune their instruments before playing a song in front of Coffee N Cream in downtown Micanopy during the fall festival.

Five-year-old Caitlan Dickey points up at one of Barbara Brown's decorated pink flamingos at the Micanopy Fall Festival.

Boo-at-the-Zoo 2005

A witch walks through the Santa Fe Community College teaching zoo Halloween evening during the annual Boo-at-the-Zoo event sponsored by the teaching zoo students. This year's event had themed stations such as superheros, Nintendo and The Nightmare Before Christmas where children collected candy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bentley's Halloween Costume

Shark attack victim...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Spreading the Word through ministries

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Alachua County Animal Services

Three little kittens wait to be adopted Saturday at the Alachua County Animal Sevices adoption center. As young cats they have a better probability of being adopted than the older cats. On Saturday alone Alachua County Animal Services rescued 13 (need to double check this number) abused cats from one owner and is planning to file charges against the owner. "Unfortunately it happens more than we'd like, " program director Bob Ryan said concerning the number of times animal services files animal abuse charges. Saturday's rescue left animal services over flowing with cats. There were so many cats they were having to be left in little carriers for there were no empty cages.

Kallie, a 5-month-old Labrador Retriever mix, begs for attention by barking and jumping up on the front of her cage. She was surrendered by her former owner for unknown causes. Now she awaits adoption or euthanization. On Saturday, a local woman brought in 18 dogs to be taken by animal services. She claimed they were strays she had been taking care of, but now animal services had a surplus of dogs and little room for any more. Program director Bob Ryan spent half his time Saturday trying to bump up dogs that had spent their required 72-business-hours quarentine after intake to the adoption cages to open up space for the 18 new dogs that could hopefully be adopted out later in the week. Picking up stray dogs and cats is one just one way animal services receives animals. Many animals are brought in by owners that no longer want or can care for their pets. The annual statistic of animal survival at Alachua County Animal Services is roughly half the animals taken in will be euthanized. Although the number of intaken animals is on the decrease in recent years the survival rate hasn't changed.

University of Florida Vet School volunteer Dinora Quiles, in the dark shirt, walks towards two people interested in adopting a dog Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately adoption time had ended by the time the people had made up their minds. They promised to return on Tuesday, the next day Alachua County Animal Services would be open, to adopt their new pet. Quiles was excited they had decided to adopt that specific dog because it had an extra label, "New Hope," on its cage indicating its time was running out for adoption and it would soon be euthanized if not adopted. Quiles said when she volunteers she always tries to push the "New Hope" animals first because it could be their last chance to be saved. She also said the "New Hope" animals are discounted to encourage adoption.

Thursday, October 13, 2005


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Alaska is Crider's newfound passion

Monday, October 10, 2005

Family and friends honor fallen agent

Friday, October 07, 2005

Guardian Publishings

Eastside high school football

Literacy Festival

Monday, October 03, 2005

Asa Hilliard III

Spoke at NAACP Call to Action for Education Conference two weekends ago. (forgot to blog)

Football Blooper

Lake Weir vs. Eastside High outtake...
This doesn't happen very often at all...
As the center player was running the ball for a touchdown a member of the other team tried to stop him by pulling at his pants, the pants went down and he kept running all the way to the endzone before pulling up his pants. Unfortunately his team lost 17-31.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sports shooting...

These are requirements for Advanced Photojournalism 1
Sports assignment at UF:

YMCA soccer (outdoor daylight sport)

Night time High School football

Literacy Festival

Literacy Fest = 2.5 hours of non-stop shooting!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dog and Car Wash for Red Cross

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Area helps storm family crossing Florida

This family from only 2 miles west of New Orleans is now homeless from the hurricane. They were passing through Gainesville on Saturday and stopped at a Wal-Mart parking lot hoping to gain enough gas money to make it to Orlando where they want to start a new life. Father of the family, Chuck Power, said he felt embarassed holding a sign and asking for food but there was no other choice. His children though, they had made a game out of it and had a good time telling me stories and showing me magic tricks.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Swimmers going to Nationals

Portrait by the pool early Sunday morning. Both are still in high school, the girl is a sophomore and the boy is a senior.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Summer Graduation

However the copy desk changed my cutline. The original told how the people in the photo were debating how to phonetically spell the girl's name, which I thought was a pretty funny moment, but the photo looks like they were just standing around. Grr.

Monday, June 20, 2005

061705_water moccasin

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Not a nice thing to run into normally, but I was on the boardwalk above him. I was looking for an alligator, but of course when you need one you can't find one. So the snake was my find for the day.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Missed publishing - Glass Menagerie

Shot this before Berlin, it ran while I was gone.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Back to work

After a brief 2 weeks off, I'm back to work at the Gainesville Sun. During my break I spent 2 weeks in Berlin, Germany, with UF in Berlin: A Photojournalism Study Abroad program led by Professor Freeman. Check out the blog I kept of the trip at

Last week I got back to work though and shot an assignment on a new dance center for Gainesville. It's a center where any dance group or organization can rent out for workshops, ect. Read the article about it at:

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Bentley's Haircut

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

His haircut was perfect! Isn't he cute?! (But hard to photograph. I had the camera in one hand and his toy in the other.)

Monday, May 02, 2005

Graduation Pictures 2005

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UF vs TENN Baseball

Baseball is harder to photograph that I thought, I'm going to need more practice.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Rodeo Brothers

Rodeo brothers that were really cool to photograph and hang out with. I first photographed them at home and then followed them to the practice ring where they showed off roping calfs. Four photos ran in daybreak.

Monday, April 25, 2005

St. Francis dedication

This is the dedication ceremony for the first Catholic High School in Gainesville. It was pretty cool following the bishop around while he blessed the school with holy water. I think I got a few drops of holy water on me while I was taking pictures. Weee!

Friday, April 22, 2005

Danse Fantasque

It seems that I have been shooting many of the dance groups coming through lately, or maybe that's just because it's the end of the school year and there are a plethora of dance shows and recitals right now. Either way, it's fun.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Portis Problems...

It seems that the entire Clinton Portis fundraising weekend did not go over well with the community and here's today's follow-up along with another picture of mine.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

NFL basketball...

I photographed Clinton Portis and some of his NFL buddies playing basketball at SFCC Friday night for his foundation's annual charity weekend. They were 2.5 hours late! Yikes, crowd was not too happy, but we all dealt with it. I was almost run over by one player when squating below and behind the net to get at a good angle. And then to top off the night two players hit on me afterwards. Oye what fun to be a woman photojournalist.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

A few links

Friday, April 08, 2005

Operating Room Tour

I loved this assignment, every Tuesday Shands holds operating room tours for the children awaiting surgery to lessen any fears they may have.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Lake Wauburg

Sunday, March 27, 2005

India Fest

India fest took place this Saturday despite the rain that soaked many of the outdoor food tents at Santa Fe.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Commissioner Long follow up

County Commissioner Rodney Long finished his 48 hour homeless experience yesterday at noon and the Sun ran a follow up article today.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

County Commissioner - Homeless

County Commissioner Rodney Long is partaking in a 48 hour homeless pilgrimage. I followed him around yesterday in the afternoon and then later at night.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

India Fest

India fest studio picture.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Some links...

Walk America/March of Dimes online article with my pic. (Two pics ran in the paper.)

Easter egg article. My pic of the egg tree.

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Because I'm now under contract with the Gainesville Sun I can no longer post the actual pictures I have published because the New York Times owns the rights. I will try to post a link to the Gainesville Sun's web site if they are available. So any pictures on here are now more snapshots of events I go to for fun or my own personal projects.
Besides that I feel in a slump photographically, I think it's time to bring out the film camera again. So I need a project to start working on... I don't know what to do, but I'll start working on it. Anyone have any ideas?

Monday, March 14, 2005

Edwin McCain in Gainesville

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

"I Could Not Ask For More" & "I'll Be" were the best of the night. :)

Puerto Rico 2005

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Spring Break 2005 was spent in Puerto Rico!!!! This was the view from our tent door in Culebra.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Recurso International Food and Dance Festival

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Dancing the night away...

Friday, February 18, 2005

Published Play Photo

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Published Photo in Gainesville Sun - Tupac's Mom

Friday, February 11, 2005

BSU Fashion show

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Eva strutin' her stuff on the runway!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Published Photo - Hoggetowne Fair

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Kenet Muir, Society for Creative Anachronism member, helps 7-year-old Orlando Miranda shoot an arrow at the 19th annual Hoggetowne Medival Fair. Held at the county fairgrounds, the fair will continue this weekend.

To read the article click here.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Published Photo - Real World Experience

Real World
Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Morgan Petroski / Alligator Staff

A Real Experience
Randy Barry from MTV's "The Real World: San Diego," talks to students after a STA Travel-sponsored study abroad forum Tuesday at the Reitz Union.

To read complete article click here.

Monday, January 31, 2005

20" x 30" Photo Poster = $23

Click on the above link to find out how to make one. I'll be trying it soon!

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Published Photo - Wild Iris Books

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Morgan Petroski / Alligator Staff
Lylly Rodriguez and Cheryl Krauth bought Wild Iris Books in September. The store houses books, CDs, movies, work by local artists and an array of spiritual items for sale.

To read the entire article click here.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Published Photo - Judge Green

Being sworn in
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Morgan Petroski / Alligator Staff
The Honorable Walter M. Green embraces his mother Norma after she helped enrobe him during his investiture as Alachua County Court Judge Thursday afternoon.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Published Photo - Bhangra

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Cutting a Rug
Amrita Deol, UF Bhangra Club president, teaches Jennifer Irani a Bhangra step at the Bhangra Clinic hosted by the club Thursday night. Bhangra dance originated from the Pujabi culture and traditionally celebrated the harvest.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Published Photo - DJ

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Morgan Petroski / Alligator Staff
Larry Malbog, aka DJ Loki, spins hip-hop records at Sky Nightclub on Thursdays and Saturdays. The 21-year-old student aspires to save lives in medicine.

Entire article is here.

Thursday, January 06, 2005


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Playing around with shallow depth of field and lighting. My goal was to keep the "M" in focus.

Bentley - Blue Dog

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Such a good little model for me!

Published Photo - Student Senate

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Morgan Petroski/ Alligator Staff
Kathy Medina and Earlene Felix talk to Cabinet Career Development Director Rosey Pierre at the Student Government Meet and Greet held Wednesday night at the Reitz Union.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Published Photo - Blockbuster

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"Colby Anglin, 19, returns a "Dodgeball: An Underdog Story" DVD to the Blockbuster Video at 1310 NW 23rd Ave." - MORGAN PETROSKI/ Alligator Staff

"Although Blockbuster Inc. announced it is abolishing late fees, Gainesville's three area stores will not adopt the new policy, at least immediately." - LAURA FIGUEROA/ Alligator Writer

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Sunset at Lake Ashby

Originally uploaded by morgpet.

Winter break 2004 flew by and tomorrow I'm heading back to Gainesville to work and start school again.

I still didn't get to go camping, but maybe next break.