Williamstown student’s picture on calendar

WILLIAMSTOWN – A photograph by Danny Gallaher of Wood County has been selected for the “Roadsides in Bloom” 2014 calendar sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Gallaher, a junior at Williamstown High School, took the photograph of Jerusalem artichoke flowers growing along Waverly Road heading toward Williamstown in early October.

Gallaher said photography is his hobby and he was happy to be selected for the Operation Wildflower 2014 “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar. His photo will represent the month of June.

Gallaher is the son of Danny and Becky Gallaher of Williamstown.

Also winning from the Mid-Ohio Valley was Candy Caviness of Jackson County.

The photos are judged by a committee of 30 people from the Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Highways.

The free calendar is sponsored by the DEP and the state Department of Transportation. It includes the 13 best photos — as judged by state officials — of West Virginia wildflowers, photographed by West Virginia citizens and others.

The state receives more than 100,000 requests a year for these calendars from all over the country and even the world, an official said.

The calendar features photos of flowers growing naturally along state roads or in Operation Wildflower beds planted by the state Division of Highways. Twelve winning photos were selected to represent the months of the year and a grand prize winner’s photo is displayed on the calendar cover.

Karen R. Jones of Huntington is this year’s grand prize winner for her photo of fall clematis growing on Shockey Drive in Cabell County.

To order a calendar, call 1-800-322-5530 or email dep.aah@wv.gov. If you call and get voicemail, leave your name and address on the mailbox. Requests are limited to one calendar per household.

West Virginia’s Operation Wildflower beautification program is an effort between the DEP and the DOH. It includes more than 250 acres of wildflowers grown along West Virginia’s roadways.