Photos of 2017

Part 2 of 2: News and feature shots

Lucas Rogers, 8, of Saranac Lake, smiles as he holds a brown trout he caught April 2 in the Chubb River in Lake Placid. Trout season opened April 1 in New York state, but ice still covered many waterways and few anglers seemed to be out that day. (Photo provided — Brett Rogers)
Surrounded by a neck-deep snow drift, Scott Young digs out his van around 8 a.m. March 15 in the parking lot next the No. 1 Chinese Restaurant in Saranac Lake. Winter Storm Stella dropped more than 40 inches of snow in parts of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
A rainbow appears in the mist as Jacob Klinger of Pittsburgh gazes up at Rainbow Falls in St. Huberts July 2. (Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)
Young Ophelia Ross of Vermont, a sixth-generation fiddler and the daughter of Hot Flannel frontman Patrick Ross, tries out her pint-size fiddle with the bluegrass band’s banjo player in between sets in the parish hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at First Night Saranac Lake on Dec. 31, 2016. (Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)
A song sparrow holds insects in its beak while feeding in a honeysuckle hedge late June 8 in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
The Rotary Dancers, dressed as a caterpillar, enter the Harrietstown Town Hall auditorium Feb. 10, surprising Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King John Wamsganz and Queen Anita Meserole during the final performance of the annual Rotary Club Variety Show. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

As we said last week, photos, along with words, are a newspaper’s artistic medium.

The Enterprise has not had a solely designated staff photographer since 2003, yet its staff reporters win awards for photojournalism every year. It’s part of the culture in our newsroom.

Readers generously let us use their photos as well, and we publish their best ones as page 1 centerpieces. A couple of them even made our year-end favorites: one on this page last week and another leading today’s. We love being able to do that.

As we do every year, we picked what we think are the best photos we published this year for a pair of North Country Living pages: sports shots last Saturday, news and feature photos today. Some are joyous, some not so much, but all of them evoke some kind of emotion in us.