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TOP PHOTOS: Ron Cooper’s picks, from Ironman to a birthday surprise

Photojournalist Ron Cooper shares his favorite images from 2022 in Salem.

A dogwood tree in bloom at Deepwood Museum & Gardens on April 24, 2022 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
People walk through Wallace Marine Park with their belongings as city crews city sweep a homeless encampment on Thursday March 31, 2022. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
People walk through Wallace Marine Park with their belongings as city crews city sweep a homeless encampment on Thursday March 31, 2022. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Families decorate graves at City View Cemetery in Salem on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Graves at City View Cemetery in Salem are decorated on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
A long line of Ironman swimmers stretches west on the Willamette River Sunday morning as the swimmers head for Riverfront Park to begin the bicycle portion of the competition (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Runners cross the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge during the Ironman triathlon on Sunday, July 10 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Runners approach the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge during the Ironman Triathlon Sunday, July 10 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Justin Metzler, the men’s winner of the Sunday, July 10 Ironman triathlon, crosses the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge on his way to the finish line as other runners begin the 13.1 mile stretch (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Oregon Symphony violinists Peter Frajola, right, and Erin Furbee, left perform at the Riverfront Park amphitheater Tuesday, June 21 as part of Make Music Day (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Kids show off their Halloween costumes at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum’s Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 30 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Toddlers stood with mouths agape as a giant red dragon with green eyes shot candy from its mouth into the hands of waiting children and adults at the Gilbert House Children’s Museum’s Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 30 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Former Salem school principal Geraldine Hammond laughs while visiting Hammond Elementary School for a celebration in honor of her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Hammond Elementary School was named for Hammond, a longtime school principal in the Salem School District. Hammond was the first Black woman to be a principal in the Salem-Keizer School District. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Geraldine Hammond reacts to applause and cheers from students at Hammond Elementary School. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Dogs play at the Minto-Brown Island dog park on Saturday, Dec. 10 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Dogs play at the Minto-Brown Island dog park on Saturday, Dec. 10 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
The Willamette Heritage Center was the scene on Saturday, May 7, for the 36th Sheep to Shawl event. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
The Willamette Heritage Center was the scene on Saturday, May 7, for the 36th Sheep to Shawl event. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
The Willamette Heritage Center was the scene on Saturday, May 7, for the 36th Sheep to Shawl event. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Carolers in downtown Salem at the Salem Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 26 (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Family and friends light candles at a vigil honoring West Salem High student Zack, also known as Serena, Brenneman on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Family and friends of West Salem High student Zack, also known as Serena, Brenneman console each other at their vigil Sept. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)
Community members gather for a vigil honoring Zack, also known as Serena, Brenneman at West Salem High School on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

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