THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day

Monday, February 18, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:44 p.m. CST, Monday, February 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — The best images of the past week from Missourian photographers included residents celebrating Ash Wednesday and a man dressing up in a Wookie costume for Valentine's Day.

Showkat Nanda shot this photograph of worshippers walking down the Sacred Heart Catholic Church aisle on Ash Wednesday

In this photograph, Greg Kendall-Ball captured the moment just before Loren Figueroa, who has been fighting numerous injuries, dove off the board Thursday.

Ben Walton was on the scene for American Airlines' first flight into Columbia and photographed the runway crew directing the plane into the gate on Thursday.

In this photo by Hany Hawasly, Missouri wrestler Mike Larson prepares to take down Derek Nagel of SIU-Edwardsville during Senior Night when Missouri won 43-3 on Wednesday.

Greg Kendall-Ball also captured Aaro Froese getting into his Wookie costume to deliver a "Star Wars"-themed valentine to Devin Glenn on behalf of his wife Jennifer Glenn.

On a windy Feb. 11, Greg Kendall-Ball found a red-tailed hawk braving gusts of up to 30 mph on the side of Providence Road.

In this photo by Elizabeth Cardwell, Sugar gets a haircut from Sue Miller during a busy day at All Dogs-N-Cats on Feb. 11.

Greg Kendall-Ball captured this picture of about 200 students dancing with Missouri quarterback James Franklin during the "Mizzou Harlem Shake" video shoot on Saturday.

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