Mark Ballard

Mark Ballard

My readers top my gratitude list

I try to wake up each morning with gratitude. I believe the act of being grateful is extremely important. After all, waking up healthy in a free world is definitely something for which to be thankful.

Mark Ballard

The seasons of a lifetime

Looking through the window, I could see the morning sun peeking through the orange and red leaves of a tree in our yard. The light was softly bouncing off of the crisp, brittle leaves as if it wanted to showcase them one more time before they released from the branches and floated to the ground.

Videos

Huge monarch butterfly floats through air

Blake Ballard captured this monarch buttery in slow motion video.
Blake Ballard Special to The Telegraph
Huge monarch butterfly floats through air 0:27

Huge monarch butterfly floats through air

Scenes from the opening ceremonies of Cherry Blossom Festival 1:13

Scenes from the opening ceremonies of Cherry Blossom Festival

'I create bright futures,' local teachers says in state campaign video 1:01

'I create bright futures,' local teachers says in state campaign video

Crisis Line & Safe House seeks to open private rape exam site 0:32

Crisis Line & Safe House seeks to open private rape exam site