portraits by mike mitchell
It’s been a year Apolo.
A year without you plopping between my feet and resting your head on my shoes.
A year without chasing you out from under the deck to come inside on those hot summer days.
A year without seeing you leap through deep snow.
A year without the best photography model in the world.
A year without sleeping back to back with you and knowing you’d be there in the morning.
A year without saying “what’s that?” and you instinctively vaulting up to your window.
A year without seeing you roar into the kitchen when we grabbed your leash and jingled your collar, not able to keep your feet from dancing.
A year without your smiling face and your kind heart.
It’s been a year without you, but I’m so grateful for the 10 years of amazing memories.
Thank you ‘Palo.
Chernobyl, 27 Years Later
On this day 27 years ago, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, killed dozens of people and released a plume of radioactive fallout that would eventually require the relocation of more than 350,000 people.
The event ranks as the worst nuclear disaster in history. The area immediately surrounding Chernobyl is still too radioactive for habitation and will remain so for another 20,000 years. Until recently, an exclusion zone of 19 miles (30 km) extended in all directions from the power plant, which is now entombed in concrete. In 2011, however, Ukraine opened up this area to tourists, giving the world a peek into a town abandoned and untouched for nearly three decades.