Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Abloom on the Roadside

The yellow, white, purple and blue blossoms of weeds and wildflowers.

Abloom on the Roadside

Driving in Bucks County on my way to an assignment north of Quakertown last week, I was struck by all the dandelions along the road. I pulled over once or twice to marvel at the beauty, not just of these "weeds" but all the other early-blooming native wildflower blossoms and sprouts of wind blown seeds that line the roadside. Click here, or on the photo of the spreading phlox - the seeds love freshly disturbed ground - in the cemetery of St. John's United Church of Christ in Richlandtown to see more photos.

Tom Gralish Inquirer Staff Photographer
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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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