A cheerleader peeks out from inside the entry tunnel for the Paso Robles High School football team before their game against Fresno’s Central High School.
The last year has been filled with memorable images from newsworthy events around San Luis Obispo County.
Photographer Joe Johnston has been telling SLO County stories with his camera for 35 years.
You can follow him on Twitter @SLOJoeJohnston to see the best of next year’s work as it happens.
From protests against gun violence to the reopening of Highway 1 to an intimate story about one San Luis Obispo woman’s fight to die on her own terms, here’s a look at some of Joe’s favorite images from 2018.
Bite out of the moon
A super blue blood moon sets in partial eclipse over Shell Beach on Jan. 31. Joe Johnston email@example.com Too close for comfort
A pair of female elephant seals clash amongst a packed beach at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. The whole rookery’s population is estimated at 20,000 making it the largest mainland rookery in the world. Photo by Joe Johnston 01-19-18 Joe Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org There goes the steeple
The top half of the steeple dangles from a crane as part of the process of removing the old steeple at St. Stephen’s Church in San Luis Obispo after nearly 50 years. A fire in the 1970s destroyed the original steeple, and the current one needed replacing. Photo by Joe Johnston 02-19-18 Joe Johnston email@example.com
In the wake of Parkland
Senior Rutik Shinglot speaks to the Hundreds of students who walked out of class at San Luis Obispo High School as part of the National Walkout for Gun Safety on March 14. Joe Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org Protest for Andrew Holland
On March 20, protesters at the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ chambers demanded justice for the death of Andrew Holland, who died in County Jail custody after 46 hours in a restraint chair. Joe Johnston email@example.com Fire at the Madonna Inn
A couple watches as firefighters respond to a fire at the Madonna Inn on April 26. The blaze that started in an overfilled laundry room dryer was quickly extinguished with no injuries and only minor damage. Joe Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org Road to Big Sur reopens
The first cars drive along the newly opened section of Hwy. 1 across the Mud Creek Slide on the Big Sur coast on Wednesday morning, July 18. Joe Johnston AP Refilling the Neptune Pool
The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon was refilled with 345,000 gallons of water in August 14 after a $5.5 million renovation project which began in mid-May 2016. Joe Johnston AP Fight for her death
Christine Whaley of San Luis Obispo died in August of terminal melanoma after struggling to find a way to end her life on her terms. She had to leave the county to get the prescription she needed, exposing a gap in the local health care system. Joe Johnston email@example.com Rivalry win for Cal Poly soccer
Cal Poly senior defender Nick Carroll celebrates with fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium after the Mustangs beat UCSB 1-0 in front of a sellout crowd in their Blue-Green rivalry series opener Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Photo by Joe Johnston 09-30-18 Joe Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org Pismo Beach Pier ready for visitors
A drone photo captures the newly renovated Pismo Beach Pier, days before it reopened in October in time for the annual Clam Festival. The pier closed in March 2017 as part of an $8.7 million overhaul of the aging structure. Joe Johnston email@example.com SLO mayor wins big
San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon watches as the early returns come in during her election night party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Kreuzberg Cafe in San Luis Obispo. Harmon wound up winning a second term. Joe Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org Protest in downtown SLO
Protesters hold signs and gather Nov. 8 during a rapid response protest in San Luis Obispo, the day after President Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. The action was seen by many as an attempt to impede the Russia investigation overseen by Special Council Robert Mueller. Joe Johnston email@example.com