January 2015 - dougbaldwinphotography

January 30 - Eagles In the Back Yard

On Friday afternoon, I happened to glance up from my work to see a bald eagle flying low across our backyard, circling down towards the lake.  I didn't get my camera in time during that pass, but did work my way closer to him over the next hour or so.  Here are a few of favorites, and the full gallery can be found via this link.

I was able to get out to the deck with the camera just as he landed.  Even though I expected them to be gone by the time I got down there, I decided to put on my coat and try to work my way a little closer.  I went to the opposite side of the lake first.

The first eagle hung around for a few minutes before taking off and circling the lower lake.  But the second one was busy eating, so I circled back along the trail and worked my way down towards the tree he was perched in.  He was concentrating pretty hard on the catfish he'd found, and over 30 minutes or so, I was able to slowly move along the trail and find a spot where I had a decent view of him through the trees and branches.

After awhile he took off with the leftovers and headed to the lower lake.  Sadly, all of the geese are seemingly safe to poop on our trails and lawns another day.


January 26 - Varsity Girls Basketball vs Winnetonka

The third time was a charm for the Lady Pirates facing Winnetonka this season, as they dominated throughout Monday night’s game winning by a final score of 69-46.  To view additional images from the game, follow this link

  • Ava White

  • Elizabeth Peterson

  • Madysen Fine


January 24 - Fairfax Bridge Demolition

30 Frame Timelapse of Explosions and Bridge Collapse


January 23, 2015 - Varsity Boys Basketball at Basehor-Linwood Tournament vs Blue Valley

After losing to Ottawa in the opening round of the Basehor-Linwood invitational basketball tournament last week, the Platte County boys rebounded with a 52-48 victory over the Benton Cardinals. That win led them to a tough semi-final matchup in the consolation bracket versus Blue Valley, with the Pirates ultimately falling to the Tigers by a final score of 76-43.  To view additional images from this gallery, follow this link.


  • Sam Zimmerman

  • Kodee Martin

  • Jerod Thomas


January 13, 2015 - Wrestling vs Belton

As their season gains momentum, the Pirate boys' wrestling team hosted a visiting Belton squad.  Below are a few shots from the varsity matches, with the home team winning the dual by a final of 46-24.  To view all of the photos from this dual, follow this link.

  • Tyler Blankenship

  • Zach Rolofson

  • Matthew Schmitt

  • Sage Smart


January 9, 2015 - Varsity Boys Basketball vs St. Joe Central

Though they fought back to tie the game multiple times in the second half, the Pirate boys basketball team were never able to take a lead and fell to visiting St. Joe Central on Friday night by a final score of 53-44. The Indians jumped out to an early 16-6 lead in the first quarter, but the Pirates defense held the Indians to just 2 points in the second quarter, closing the gap to 18-14 at the half. Tied at 31 all midway through the final quarter, late free throws ultimately sealed the win for the Indians. 

To view the complete gallery for this game, follow this link.

Josh Eastman

CJ Fitts

Sam Zimmerman