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Of the thousands of images Hernando Times photojournalists take every year, the most successful ones have a lasting quality to them. We hope you enjoy a second look at this collection of our favorites from the past year.

"It is difficult to describe the roller coaster of emotions I experienced on my first visit to Haiti last January. Everything seems desperate there, one cup of water or a grain of rice from death. Dr. Paul Farmer, Hernando High School and Harvard graduate, has lived and worked in these conditions for more than 20 years. The way he is touching this woman's cheek has such a warm and caring feel, although the two had just met. This picture was an example of how Dr. Farmer genuinely loves the people he treats in Haiti, and why it is one of my 2004 favorites."

_ DANIEL WALLACE

In January of 2004, Dr. Paul Farmer tells a woman in Hinche, the capital of Haiti's central plateau, that Partners in Health plans to build an office there. The political unrest has since made those plans uncertain. Each morning, crowds of people await their turn at the admissions window at the Cange hospital, which treats about 1,000 patients a day.

"We knew the storms would be creating some strong effects somewhere on the coast. Luckily these two ladies were trying to enjoy the waves before the storm hit. I think it shows the intensity of the storm, while capturing a feeling of excitement."

_ KERI WIGINTON

Sitting on a sea wall, Shelia Scott, left, and Mona Thomas take in the waves at Pine Island Beach Park on Aug. 12. "I've never seen anything like this," said Scott, who was visiting from Indiana. "It's invigorating." Thomas, a Hernando Beach native, said she was not concerned about Hurricane Charley.

"The trailing stirrup, flailing feet and flying hat make me smile. You know this guy is giving it his best shot but the cards weren't in his favor.

_ DANIEL WALLACE

Jerome Boatner tries to stop steer No. 29 on April 18 during the steer wrestling competition at the Professional Cowboy Association Championship Rodeo at the Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show. Boatner lost his grip before he brought the steer down.

"When I saw Rae-Lynn Sheffield, a high school swimmer from Spring Hill, swimming laps back and forth at her 5 a.m. practice, it seemed very surreal. I think this image looks almost like a painting and it captures the calm, intense feeling of the swimmer."

_ KERI WIGINTON

Central High sophomore Rae-Lynn Sheffield, 15, practices her backstroke on Sept. 2 during her morning practice session at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. She arrives at the park at 5 a.m. to practice with the Tampa Bay Aquatics club team before school.

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