Saturday, August 1, 2015

Flower Power Among the Cars and Concrete

wildflowers bloom amid concrete and cars

Flower Power Among the Cars and Concrete

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Wildflowers in Cherry Hill Video: Wildflowers in Cherry Hill

I covered the "ground breaking" back on a really hot day this past June when the mayor of Cherry Hill and NJ DOT officials stood in a parking lot as road graders cleared the median strip on township's unofficial Main Street, Marlton Pike - Route 70. They were about to plant a whole bunch of flowers on the congested four-lane stretch between Haddonfield Road and I-295.

I drive that very strip a couple times a week, so all summer I've watched the flowers grow and bloom. I started shooting video on them - a visual appreciation of sorts - after the August rains from hurricanes and tropical storms came along and they just exploded. Then South Jersey columnist Kevin Riordan wrote a story on the bipartisan political flower power that made it happen, and the video (below), along with the still photos, had a home. Click here, or on the photo above for the still image gallery.

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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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