Richard Budke, a Kansas wheat and cattle farmer, poses for a portrait on April 19, 2019, in Great Bend, Kan. He said the past winter, known for its excess rain, flooding and intense cold, was one of his hardest seasons. “How are you going to fix that?" Budke said. "It’s been a hell of a year, let me put it that way.”
The carcass of farmer Richard Budke's cow rots as his live cattle graze nearby on April 19, 2019, in Great Bend, Kan. Budke lost 10 cattle over the winter due to extreme cold. The season's weather is linked to an increase in extreme weather cases around the world.
Cattle wait expectantly to be fed by Kansas farmer Richard Budke on April 19, 2019, in Great Bend, Kan. Budke had to bring his cattle into his garage last winter to protect them from abnormally frigid temperatures.
Harry Heckathorn waits for the sky to darken on June 24, 2022, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md. Heckathorn, a retired NASA astrophysicist, donates his time to the refuge by caring for its telescope used on public stargazing nights.
Bob Quinn, right, and Harry Heckathorn rotate a telescope to view a galaxy millions of lightyears away on June 24, 2022, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md. The pair have been working together to photography the night sky and its celestial bodies for decades.
Retired NASA astrophysicist Harry Heckathorn attaches a camera body to a telescope lens on June 24, 2022, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Md.
Dakota Parkinson, a transfeminine artist, dips their hand into a mix of water and apple cider vinegar to help shape clay into a bowl on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson teaches beginner and mixed-level wheel-throwing classes at Access Arts in exchange for studio space.
Dakota Parkinson logs the temperature inside their kiln while firing ceramic pieces on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson's background in chemistry helps them understand how changing the temperature and pressure of the oven affects the chemicals in the ceramics' clay.
Dakota Parkinson holds a bowl with finger indents in the sides of it on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson, who began publicly transitioning in 2019, said she was not able to find her creativity until accepting their gender identity.
Dakota Parkinson rests after finishing making a clay bowl on Sept. 17, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Parkinson admitted it took them years to improve their wheel throwing skills due to the difficult nature of pottery work. "Clay is cruel," they said.
An ABC Cafe employee runs with an extra chair above their head to accommodate more customers on Oct. 20, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan. The authentic Chinese restaurant is frequently full on Sundays during dim sum.
A young girl plays with her chopsticks while she and her mother wait for their food on Oct. 20, 2019, at ABC Cafe in Overland Park, Kan.
A check at ABC Cafe on Oct. 20, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan. People around the Kansas City area head to the authentic Chinese restaurant to eat dim sum, or small dishes, on Sundays.
My mom, Beth Kuta, unwraps sticky rice from a banana leaf at ABC Cafe in Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 20, 2019.
An ABC Cafe worker fills out a receipt next to takeout boxes waiting to be picked up by customers on Oct. 20, 2019, in Overland Park, Kan.
Jack Lewis, right, applies blush to boyfriend Turner DeArmond before prom on April 25, 2021. Lewis did not accompany DeArmond to prom but still helped DeArmond put on makeup and pick out an outfit. “Prom isn’t really my thing,” Lewis said. “I do love an excuse to get dressed up, though.”
Turner DeArmond, right, and Emma Stefanutti wait for their turn to get their photo taken before prom on April 25, 2021, at The Clubhouse at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo. DeArmond said he felt comfortable attending his senior prom after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Turner DeArmond, left, rolls his eyes as boyfriend Jack Lewis refuses to kiss him on the lips to avoid spreading black lipstick on April 25, 2021, at Lewis’ apartment. "This photograph represents huge strides of progress in the past year where I didn’t imagine I’d ever see them," Lewis said. "I would have never guessed I’d see two men kissing, much less my partner and I, on the front page of a newspaper in Missouri out of all places…. I hope all of the queer kids out there see newspapers like that more frequently in the future and feel seen, like they’re not alone, because they aren’t."
A Mizzou 600 leader stands in front of the Jesse Hall doors as a protest for racial justice on campus concludes on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo.
A Mizzou 600 member paces the first floor of Jesse Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Protest leaders continuously moved through the crowd to keep each other's energy up through the hot afternoon.
A protestor chants after speaking to a police officer on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Two officers occupied the building during the Mizzou 600 protest.
A Mizzou 600 leader chants “We have nothing to lose but our chains” in the last few minutes of a protest for racial justice in Jesse Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. No protest participants released their full names to media in order to avoid punishment from MU administration.
Protestors walk towards Jesse Hall to disrupt administrative business on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. The demonstration prompted multiple staff to come out of their offices and watch.
Jeanne Snodgrass, Mizzou Hillel executive director, leads a Havdalah prayer to conclude Yom Kippur, also known as the "Day of Atonement," on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Snodgrass said Yom Kippur is the most sacred day of the year for Jewish people, with most practicers "imitating death" by fasting.
Drew Kelley, 4, looks at a dead bat preserved in a jar of formaldehyde Friday at the CPS Science Crepuscular Creep on Oct. 29, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. The event was held to help raise funds for CPS Science’s adventure trips to the Smoky Mountains and Wyoming. “We’re big fans of CPS Science,” Kelley’s mother said. “We’re just waiting for the kids to get big enough to go on on these trips.”
A jack-o’-lantern sits on the path of the Crepuscular Creep on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in Columbia, Mo. More than 120 pumpkins were collectively donated by Hy-Vee, Peach Tree Farms, Columbia Public Schools teachers and Audubon Society members, said Mike Szydlowski, the K-12 science coordinator for CPS who organized the event.
Lizette Somer, MU Raptor Rehabilitation Project volunteer, prepares Baylor, an eastern screech owl, to greet the first Crepuscular Creep attendees on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in Columbia, Mo. The owl lost its left eye after getting hit by a car and flying into a barbed-wire fence, but it is now used for educating the public on wildlife conservation efforts.
Crepuscular Creep attendees wearing Halloween costumes walk along a wet path through the Audubon Nature Sanctuary on Oct. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. The event was postponed a day to try and avoid the rain, but over 200 people still attended despite the weather.
Sofia Soria, 5, gazes at Baylor, an eastern screech owl, at the first of three educational stops on Oct. 20, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Soria, who learned that many owls freeze like statues as a defense mechanism, said the owl was “Super cool. Kind of spooky.”
Families walk back to their cars after finishing the Crepuscular Creep on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary in Columbia, Mo. The streets leading to the entrance of the path were flooded with cars during the event’s busiest point. More than 200 people attended despite the rainy weather.
Salvation Army bell ringer Billy Miller hugs his arm toward his chest to stay warm on Nov. 12, 2021, at Hy-Vee in Columbia, Mo. Despite standing in the snow on the season's first day of bell ringing, Miller says he does not mind the cold.
A Salvation Army red kettle sits unattended on Nov. 12, 2021, at Hy-Vee in Columbia, Mo. The Salvation Army had a shortage of volunteers this year to greet shoppers and potential donors.
Michael Owens, who works at the Salvation Army thrift store but volunteers as a bell ringer during the holiday season, watches shoppers pass by on Nov. 12, 2021, at Hy-Vee in Columbia, Mo. Owens says this is the first year he has noticed the Salvation Army passing out fliers to recruit more bell ringers.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater student Laila Atkins holds up two fists, following her dance instructor's commands on Nov. 10, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. The series of commands walked students through traditional African dance movements.
University of Missouri freshman Jessica Zhang places candles by the names of Asian Americans who were killed in a shooting on March 19, 2021, in Atlanta, Ga. MU students hosted a vigil to honor the victims on their campus.
Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary Assistant Principal Kelly Isenogle, right, helps Isabella Spear, 9, calculate how much change is due after paying for a Coffee Club drink in Columbia. “The club lets them bond between classes, and it’s a great educational experience," Isenogle said.
From left, Damon Williams, 11, James Richardson, 10, and Isabella Spear, 9, hurry through the hallway to return money to the Coffee Cart Club on Oct. 3, 2021, at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in Columbia. Isabella says she loves delivering coffee to her teachers. “My mom said ‘Stay away from coffee!’ but I tried to sneak some anyways.”