2021 Through the Lens of Photo Editor Richard Gillard

photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

  • Kindergartener Kingston Blasman gives his father, Casey Blasman, a hug before entering Brookside Elementary for the first day of in person learning on Wednesday, February 24.

  • Students enter Simi Valley High School campus on the first day of in-person learning on Tuesday, March 23.

  • Fourth grade teacher Chris Hwang writes a greeting to his students outside his classroom door in chalk before fourth and fifth graders return to in-person learning at White Oak Elementary School on Monday, March 1. Hwang refers to his students as 4th grade miners because they are studying the gold rush.

  • A sign reminding to wear a mask, social distance, and to sanitize what you touch hangs on the door as you enter the chapel at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

  • A man carrying a flag of Israel approaches one of the corners where Palestine supporters stand during a pro-Palestine demonstration at the intersection of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Boulevards on Sunday, May 23.

  • A helicopter drops water during the Country Fire, a 28-acre fire north of Westlake High School on Thursday, April 29.

  • LCpl Armando Sotelo, right, embraces LCpl Kleesta Brown as she sees Cpl Brandon Alvarez’s hearse arrive at St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church for his service on Thursday, June 24.

  • Owner of Anacapa Industries Manny Vega in his office on Tuesday, January 19.

  • Trump supporters gather on Thousand Oaks Boulevard at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Wednesday, January 6.

  • Students and their supporters march to Agoura High School from Chumash Park on Monday, February 8 to bring attention to their desire to have schools open.

  • Louise Pace waves to Ventura County Fire Department vehicles as they drive-by to help her celebrate her 100th Birthday on Sunday, February 7.

  • Noe Casian and David Fernandez with City of Camarillo push a cut section of a pine tree that was downed by high winds blocking Daily Drive on Tuesday, January 19.

  • Several post holding protective netting broke off at the driving range at Los Robles Greens because of high winds on Tuesday, January 19.

  • Mark Cope tries out newly installed tip-steering on his powered paraglider kite on Sunday, January 31 at Arroyo Vista Park. Cope says it’s safer to try the tip-steering on just the kite before adding the paramotor. Cope was only able to test the kite for a short time because the winds were too turbulent.

  • West Hills resident Yara Peterson, 3 ½, watches as she learns Chinese folk dancing during the Baha’I Community of Malibu Canyon celebration of the centenary of the passing of a central figure of their faith Abdu/l-Baha on Sunday, November 28 at Agoura Hills Recreation Center.

  • Elliot Taylor, 4, receives a toy from Santa during a Ventura County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue rope rescue exercise at Ventura County Medical Center as part of the Spark of Love Toy Drive on Monday, November 22. Ventura County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue team took the opportunity to get valuable training in using a rope rescue exercise to deliver toys. They used two separate rope systems simultaneously to move Santa vertically and horizontally between the two buildings. “Exercising these skill sets in both urban and back country settings provides our rope rescue technicians the opportunity to gain valuable experience that promotes skills development in efficient and safe rescue system construction and use when needed” Urban Search and Rescue Captain Mark Seastrom explains.

  • The poinsettia hedge blooms along Camarillo Spring Road on Sunday January 3. The red bloom that people think of as the poinsettia flower on this Mexico native plant is actually the petal-like upper leaves called bracts. The true flower on the poinsettia is the small greenish or yellowish cluster at the center of the bracts.

  • A monarch butterfly feeds on a flower at the Oak Park Community Garden on Saturday, July 31.

  • The running lights from a tractor trailer truck streak across as the light from the last full moon of 2020 lights the bridge on the 118 freeway in Moorpark on December 29.

  • A vehicle exits on off the 118 Freeway using the Kuehner Drive off ramp, left, as vehicles climb and descent the Santa Susana Mountains on Saturday, March 6.

  • Lightning storm from Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park looking toward Camarillo on Monday, October 4.

  • Ira the Lion celebrated his 7th birthday at American’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College on Saturday, February 6.

  • Steam radiates from runners as they run through frost covered trails during the Paramount Ranch Trail Runs Marathon, 50k, 30k, Half Marathon, and 10k on Saturday, December 18 at Paramount Ranch.

  • Seventh graders start their 5k run during Sycamore Canyon School’s 5k on Friday, November 19. There were three start times, one for eighth grade, one for seventh grade, and one for sixth grade.

  • Newbury Park’s Caden Leff and Thousand Oaks’ Jack Munro scrambles for the ball during their game on Tuesday, May 4. Newbury Park won 63-55.

  • Agoura resident Andrew Sieber, Newbury Park resident Chris LaPerche, and Moorpark resident Rudy Avila react to Thousand Oaks resident Marty Bogush, right, missing his putt during the Moorpark Knights of Columbus and 9969 Foundation 25th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 15 at Moorpark Country Club.

  • Camarillo resident Zion Merricks, 5, floats on his back while taking his Survival Swim with Kim class with Kim O’Brine on Tuesday, July 13.

  • Instructor Bret Niedens with Mavericks Undersea Divers swims with Camarillo resident Antonio Garcon, 10, during PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Discover Scuba Diving experience on Saturday, May 15 at Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center. The Discover Scuba experience is held once a month through the Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District.

  • Agoura coach Dustin Croick holds up the Kanan Bowl trophy during The Kanan Bowl against Oak Park on Saturday, October 8. Agoura won 23-7.

  • Oak Park junior John Bauman is tackled after intercepting the ball during their games against Royal on Friday, October 22. Oak Park won 31-28.

  • Moorpark’s Arnulfo Morales tackles Agoura’s Jack Bussiere during their on Friday, September 17. Agoura won 41-6.

  • Smoke from fires in the northern California redden the moon as it rises behind the field goal at George Hurley Field on Friday, September 24.

  • The sun sets behind palm trees in Camarillo on Tuesday, March 23.