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2017 photos of the year: Christian Murdock

Gazette photographer Christian Murdock's highlights from the year 2017.

Love capturing special moments. Marilyn Blaess, left, gives Sarah Connors a high five before the start of the Colorado Springs Christian High School's graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017, at Rocky Mountain Calvary in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Love capturing special moments. Marilyn Blaess, left, gives Sarah Connors a high five before the start of the Colorado Springs Christian High School's graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 Friday, May 26, 2017, at Rocky Mountain Calvary in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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I’m always amazed at the beauty that surrounds us in Colorado Spirngs. Last Febuary I started my day early to cover the state swimming meet in Fort Collins. The moon and Pikes Peak welcomed me to the new day.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

I'm always amazed at the beauty that surrounds us in Colorado Springs. Last February I started my day early to cover the state swimming meet in Fort Collins. The moon and Pikes Peak welcomed me to the new day. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cool planes and Pikes Peak. How can you not make a good picuture. A B-25 Mitchell, front, and a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fly over northern El Paso County with 14, 115-foot Pikes Peak in the background as the warbirds fly to Denver to promote the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 at the Colorado Springs Airport.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cool planes and Pikes Peak. How can you not make a good picuture. A B-25 Mitchell, front, and a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fly over northern El Paso County with 14, 115-foot Pikes Peak in the background as the warbirds fly to Denver to promote the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 at the Colorado Springs Airport. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Meadowgrass Music Festival. A weekend of great music, people and the iconic Meadowgrass tent that is reflected in the sunglasses of In/PLANES bass player Desirae Garcia as she and her husband, inaiah lujan, performed Sunday, May 28, 2017, during the final day of the Meadowgrass Music Festival at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest. Garcia and Lujan put on a great show. Next year is the 10th anniversary of the Festival. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Meadowgrass Music Festival. A weekend of great music, people and the iconic Meadowgrass tent that is reflected in the sunglasses of In/PLANES bass player Desirae Garcia as she and her husband, inaiah lujan, performed Sunday, May 28, 2017, during the final day of the Meadowgrass Music Festival at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest. Garcia and Lujan put on a great show. Next year is the 10th anniversary of the Festival. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The murals in Denver’s RiNo district made for interesting picture of the final stage of the Colorado Classic bicycle race Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The murals in Denver's RiNo district made for interesting picture of the final stage of the Colorado Classic bicycle race Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The emotions of a sporting event. Cheyenne Mountain's Claire

The emotions of a sporting event. Cheyenne Mountain's  Claire "Scooter" Ross jumps into the arms of Michaela Moore as Mary McCowen jumps into the air after the scoreboard showed the Cheyenne Mountain team had won the 4A girls 4x100 relay Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Colorado High School State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Easter Bunny wasn’t going to slow down Elias Doyon, 3, as he searches for his final egg Saturday, April 15, 2017, during the Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt at the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. The children searched for six plastic eggs that matched the animal on their card then turned the eggs in for a chocolate bunny.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Easter Bunny wasn't going to slow down Elias Doyon, 3, as he searches for his final egg Saturday, April 15, 2017, during the Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt at the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. The children searched for six plastic eggs that matched the animal on their card then turned the eggs in for a chocolate bunny. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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I've met many amazing people in my career as a photojournalist. The Gothic weatherman billy barr, who doesn’t capitalize his names, is one of them. Reporter Seth Boster and I snowshoed five miles to his cabin in Gothic to meet the man who has been collecting snow data for 45 years. His data is helping scientists around the world study climate change. The quiet man in Gothic who loves movies, especially Bollywood movies, helped me remember that even today, with all the bombings, shootings and ugly politics, there are still kind, loving people in this world.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

I've met many amazing people in my career as a photojournalist. The Gothic weatherman billy barr, who doesn't capitalize his names, is one of them.

Reporter Seth Boster and I snowshoed five miles to his cabin in Gothic to meet the man who has been collecting snow data for 45 years. His data is helping scientists around the world study climate change. The quiet man in Gothic who loves movies, especially Bollywood movies, helped me remember that even today, with all the bombings, shootings and ugly politics, there are still kind, loving people in this world. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado. We can wear shorts in December and can bet on a snowstorm in May. Unfortunately for Air Academy High School seniors, the May snowstorm fell on their graduation day.  Allison Megyeri shields herself from the snow with her graduation gown while running into Clune Arena on the Air Force Academy for the Air Academy High School 2017 graduation ceremony Thursday, May 18, 2017.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado. We can wear shorts in December and can bet on a snowstorm in May. Unfortunately for Air Academy High School seniors, the May snowstorm fell on their graduation day. Allison Megyeri shields herself from the snow with her graduation gown while running into Clune Arena on the Air Force Academy for the Air Academy High School 2017 graduation ceremony Thursday, May 18, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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I had never seen so many supporters at a rally in Colorado Springs. Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams, left, Sharon River Hansen, and Sandra Walking Eagle cheer during a rally in Acacia Park Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, before the Colorado Springs Women's March in downtown Colorado Springs. The sister march of the Women's March on Washington, D.C., drew between 5,000 and 10,000 people.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
I had never seen so many supporters at a rally in Colorado Springs. Rev. Tammy Garrett-Williams, left, Sharon River Hansen, and Sandra Walking Eagle cheer during a rally in Acacia Park Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, before the Colorado Springs Women's March in downtown Colorado Springs. The sister march of the Women's March on Washington, D.C., drew between 5,000 and 10,000 people. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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I finally made the trek to the iconic Colorado postcard location after living in the state for 18 years.  Crystal Mill, outside Marble, didn’t disappoint me. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

I finally made the trek to the iconic Colorado postcard location after living in the state for 18 years. Crystal Mill, outside Marble, didn't disappoint me. The powerhouse was built in 1892 and operated until the closure of the Sheep Mountain Mine in 1917. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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An inspirational family. Nancy Medlock hugs her youngest adopted daughter, Rayna, 7, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. After raising seven children of their own, Nancy and her husband, Gary, decided to become foster parents. When the call came to care for five girls who had been removed from their abusive parents, they welcomed them into their home. Later they took in their brother and adopted them all.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
An inspirational family. Nancy Medlock hugs her youngest adopted daughter, Rayna, 7, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. After raising seven children of their own, Nancy and her husband, Gary, decided to become foster parents. When the call came to care for five girls who had been removed from their abusive parents, they welcomed them into their home. Later they took in their brother and adopted them all. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak is an event eveyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the top of Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sunrise from the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak is an event eveyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Heidi Jimenez, left, and Tessa Clubs watch the sunrise from the top of Pikes Peak Sunday, July 16, 2017. The Pikes Peak Highway opened at 4:15 a.m. for a special chance to drive to the top of America's Mountain to watch the sun rise above the sea of clouds that were covering Colorado Springs. The two Colorado Springs residents stayed up all night to watch the sunrise. Clubs had never been to the summit of Pikes Peak. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado Powder Day. Leslie McWilliams of Colorado Springs skies through the fresh power below the Paradise Express lift Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Crested Butte. The Colorado mountain town has received 94 inches of snow over the last week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Powder Day. Leslie McWilliams of Colorado Springs skies through the fresh power below the Paradise Express lift Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Crested Butte. The Colorado mountain town has received 94 inches of snow over the last week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding – 400 calories per hour

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Taking it for the team 55 times. Principal Andie Ruskin takes one of 55 pies in her face Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Discovery Canyon Elementary School. Ruskin and assistant principal Jamie Lester took a pie from all 110 fifth-graders who raised the most money at the District 20 elementary school that raised $4,111.64 to support the new Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon lead the district in donations. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Taking it for the team 55 times. Principal Andie Ruskin takes one of 55 pies in her face Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Discovery Canyon Elementary School. Ruskin and assistant principal Jamie Lester took a pie from all 110 fifth-graders who raised the most money at the District 20 elementary school that raised $4,111.64 to support the new Children's Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs. Discovery Canyon lead the district in donations. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Dierks Bentley, left, hugs Sam Bush after the legend joined him and The Travelin' McCourys on stage Thursday, June 15, 2017, during the first day of the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colo.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Dierks Bentley, left, hugs Sam Bush after the legend joined him and The Travelin' McCourys on stage Thursday, June 15, 2017, during the first day of the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Taking the Plunge. Brandon Wikner does a belly flop into the water with his team from the Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Taking the Plunge. Brandon Wikner does a belly flop into the water with his team from the Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado at The Country Club of Colorado during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. This year's plunge wasn't very polar as the temperatures were in the upper 70s for the swimmers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Just another day in Colorado. Cowboys herd longhorn cattle down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 18, 2017,  to promote the Ride for the Brand Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Just another day in Colorado. Cowboys herd longhorn cattle down Tejon Street in Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, to promote the Ride for the Brand Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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A balloon eclipses the rising sun as it takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A balloon eclipses the rising sun as it takes off Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, during the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off in Memorial Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Even the mayor was laughing. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, right, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, race organizer Kent Gart and USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall laugh as cyclist T.J. Eisenhart talks about his favorite style of music Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, during a press conference for Colorado Classic at USA Cycling in Colorado Springs. The four-stage bicycle race began in Colorado Springs, went to Breckenridge then finished in Denver for the last two stages.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Even the mayor was laughing. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, right, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, race organizer Kent Gart and USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall laugh as cyclist T.J. Eisenhart talks about his favorite style of music Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, during a press conference for Colorado Classic at USA Cycling in Colorado Springs. The four-stage bicycle race began in Colorado Springs, went to Breckenridge then finished in Denver for the last two stages. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Beautiful Colorado Springs. A mountain biker rides the new Red Rock Canyon Overlook Loop or the Santa COS/719 Special trail Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Beautiful Colorado Springs. A mountain biker rides the new Red Rock Canyon Overlook Loop or the Santa COS/719 Special trail Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Trying to beat the storm. Andrei Krasilnikau, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing races toward the Peak to Peak HIghway after the first King of the Mountain as a storm brews in the distance Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Trying to beat the storm. Andrei Krasilnikau, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing races toward the Peak to Peak HIghway after the first King of the Mountain as a storm brews in the distance Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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State Champ. Pine Creek’s Peter Isais celebrates his 13-6 win over Cheyenne Mountain’s Zac Baker as time expires in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

State Champ. Pine Creek's Peter Isais celebrates his 13-6 win over Cheyenne Mountain's Zac Baker as time expires in the 4A 160-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, during the Colorado 2A-3A-4A-5A State High School Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Street Dancing. Chandler Berwick dances to the sounds of the Flying W Wranglers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, during the annual Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast in downtown Colorado Springs.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Street Dancing. Chandler Berwick dances to the sounds of the Flying W Wranglers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, during the annual Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast in downtown Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Learning about each other. Feda Jodeh, who is Muslim, demonstrates how to wrap a hijab on Gabrielle Pfund Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, during a gathering at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Colorado Springs to celebrate World Hijab Day and show support for the local Muslim community.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Learning about each other. Feda Jodeh, who is Muslim, demonstrates how to wrap a hijab on Gabrielle Pfund Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, during a gathering at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Colorado Springs to celebrate World Hijab Day and show support for the local Muslim community. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colorado Canvas. A pair of hikers explore the rock formations in Paint MInes Interpretive Park Saturday, July 15, 2017, outside Calhan, Colo. The El Paso County Park has four miles of trails through the geological formations including spires and hoodoos that were formed through erosive action that created incised gullies and exposed layers of seienite clay and jasper.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Canvas. A pair of hikers explore the rock formations in Paint MInes Interpretive Park Saturday, July 15, 2017, outside Calhan, Colo. The El Paso County Park has four miles of trails through the geological formations including spires and hoodoos that were formed through erosive action that created incised gullies and exposed layers of seienite clay and jasper. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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