A cicada killer wasp rests on milkweed vine. Cicada killers are easily distinguished from yellowjackets and other wasps by their large size — they are about one and a half inches long. Yellowjackets and other wasps are typically 3/4-inch long.
Twelve-year-old Ian Archer and his father, Todd, both of Lawrence, receive a soapy shower when their chicken tries to escape a bucket of water as the two participate in a chicken wash Saturday at the Garzillo farm southwest of Lawrence. The annual wash is in preparation for the Douglas County Fair.
Lawrence High graduate and East team defensive back Anthony Buffalomeat intercepts a pass in the first half of the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Emporia State University.
Eudora lineman Greg Snell, left, playing for the East, blocks West tackle Matt Seiwert (54) of Conway Springs at the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Emporia.
Five-year-old Andrew Nelson, of Lawrence, walks past a ZOMBIE sign while wearing zombie makeup during the ZOMBIE walk/bike/run hosted by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority on Saturday around east Lawrence. The ZOMBIE walk, which stands for zoning, outside activities, movement, body image, ingredients, and exercise, promotes healthy lifestyles. Children painted their faces like zombies and then went on a 1.5-mile walk/bike ride. Other activities included games and a watermelon feed.
Andrea Steward, 16, of Lawrence, leads her horse around the arena Saturday in the Community Building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Andrea said she was getting the horse used to the arena before the show began.
Kansas University basketball player Tyshawn Taylor, center, texts on his phone during NCAA Final Four events last spring. In this dimly lit image, I had reached my largest aperture of f2.8 and my hand-holdable limit of a 1/25th shutter speed. My only choice was to increase my ISO to 5000. I was willing to accept a decrease in image quality just to obtain the photograph. Being aware of what ISO you are using can keep you from experiencing unintended loss of quality in your photos.
Candidates to represent the Lawrence area in the Kansas state senate are, from left, Ronald Ellis (Republican candidate for the 2nd District), Sen. Anthony Hensley (19th District incumbent), Sen. Tom Holland (3rd District incumbent), Casey Moore (Republican candidate for 19th District), James Tellefson (Republican candidate for 3rd District) and Matthew Windheuser (Republican candidate for the 3rd District).
Candidates vying to represent the Kansas 2nd District in Congress are, from left, Bob Eye (D-Lawrence), Scott Barnhart (D-Ottawa), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) and Tobias Schlingensiepen (D-Topeka).
William Alfred Morain II and Nicole Renee Henley
Janice and Richard Walthall
Christy McCormick and Brian Imel
Travis Lower and Janell Hoffman
Hallie L. Clark and Charles G. Frager
Brittany Merriam, right, holds an Olympic torch while waiting for the flame to arrive on a relay leg in Leicester, England. Merriam, a former Kansas University student who is now working on a master’s degree at Leicester University, was with Ollie Bliss, left, an official Olympic torch relay participant. Merriam is the daughter of James and Robin Merriam, Derby, and granddaughter of Annie and Daniel Merriam of Lawrence. Annie Merriam submitted the photo.