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The Mountain State in photographs, Sept. 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Sept. 15, 2012, hikers were ascending Dolly Sods, kayakers were riding the New River rapids and shoppers were descending on a Charleston flea market.

Photographers were there to record them and others. Hundreds of photographers.

They caught children feeding ducks on the Kanawha River and picking apples near Wellsburg. They shot Pete Burris giving a haircut in his New Haven barbershop and Tom Kees tending his bees in Millersville.

In all, 984 photographers submitted 5,000 photographs taken on the same day for Wonderful West Virginia magazine's special all-photograph issue -- its first in 25 years.

In celebration of the state's 150th anniversary, the magazine published 100 photographs taken throughout the day throughout West Virginia for its "A Day In The Life" issue, now on the newsstands.

Clayton Spangler, the magazine's photography director, said it took the staff more than three months to consider all of the photographs.

"In the end, there were far more outstanding ones than we had room for in the issue. Deciding which ones to publish was very difficult," he said.

By February, the staff had selected four photographs as contenders for the magazine's cover, and asked its readers to pick the cover for the sesquicentennial issue.

They chose a photograph of young cousins Drew and Lyla Davis sharing a large red chair and a giggle. Their grandfather, Roger Davis, of Parkersburg, took the picture at 5:04 p.m. at the Butcher Family Farm in Washington, Wood County.

Another finalist was from the Butcher farm, a photograph of colorful gourds taken at 2 p.m. by Andrea Perine.

"[T]he collection of images in this issue tells a visual story of one day in the life of West Virginia. It is a testament to the values we hold dear and a tribute to the land we love and cherish. Looking through it, I found a renewed sense of spirit seeing my beloved state through the fresh eyes of so many," Spangler writes in the June issue.

With the special issue, the magazine is now available on iPad format for $12 for 12 issues. Print subscriptions are $18 and a combination of print and digital is $20. The newsstand price per issue is $3.

Wonderful West Virginia is published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. To subscribe, call 800-225-5982 or visit www.wonderfulwv.com.

Reach Rosalie Earle at earle@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.


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