Photos | Smithsonian feed for the photosenTue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000Mingun Pagoda Mingun temple is a monumental uncompleted stupa began by King Bodawpaya in 1790. It was not completed, due to an astrologer claiming that, once the temple was finished, the king would die. The completed stupa would have been the largest in the world at 150 metres (490 ft). Huge cracks are visible on the structure from the earthquake of 23 March 1839. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000People playing soccer during sunset at Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the most popular sport in Brazil. You can feel the passion for soccer everywhere, especially on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where hundreds of people gather to play it all the time.Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000Hmong Charcoal Transporter, Vietnam Hmong are an ethnic minority group from Northern Vietnam. Amongst the poorest in the country, some transport charcoal to local cities for as little as five dollars a day. This difficult work results in deforestation, but there are few options to enter the cash economy. Despite this material hardship, the Hmong share a rich history and culture, with intimate knowledge of the land they live from.Sun, 07 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000Lost in the tall grass Tern chick making sure a parent will find it at feeding time. The little chicks make quite a racket trying to call in a parent who has been out to sea finding food. In a large nesting colony it is hard to imagine how parent and child find each other day in and day out. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000MOTHER AND DAUGHTER mother and her daughter are protected from the cold that for those dates they reach very low levels in the heights of Huancavelica, one of the poorest provinces of Peru.Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000A girl puts on shoe in a parade have stopped for a rest, removed their shoes and left them beside a curb. One young woman puts her shoes back on as others in dresses move in front of her. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000Blizzard days man running across the street in front of The Chicago Board of Trade on blizzard dayWed, 03 Feb 2016 05:30:38 +0000World of Ice huge ice cave in Iceland under the biggest glacier in Europe and Iceland, Vatnajökull Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000Shel Khaw War of Shel Khaw War, a Mon Clan woman from Pan Oah village in Chin State, Myanmar. Old women still wear tattoos on their faces, a tradition that is fading away.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000Man carries box man carrying a box that obscures his head.Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000A Little Monkey on the Cliff cold weather hit the Nagano Prefecture. I saw a little monkey to withstand the cold in Jigokudani Monkey Park. This little monkey is really cute.Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Patterns of Irrawaddy of a large sand bank in Irrawaddy River during the season of Summer.Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Dancing in the rain caught in action under the rainThu, 28 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000How pristine reef should look like Papua New Guinea traditional forms of marine­resource management include setting up ‘taboo’ areas at certain times, when access to fishing or the collection of shellfish is prohibited. Many reefs are also so remote that they are seldom visited by fishermen and you will find schooling fish in a abundance. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000frog story Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Three black cows evening rain and foggy morning the sun rose over the autumn plain and three black cows have appeared through the mist.Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000The hunter's hut panoramic image composed of three horizontal frames, for artistic effect, photos was maded with the tripod, using different exposures (from 1/30sec to long expouse 51sec) On photography is pictured a real place in Ukraine. Island was created artificially in 1970 and was named "Island of Love". House built in the period from 1984 to 1985 and became known as "fisherman's and hunter's hut " and was used as a place where exposed trophies. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Margay cats is always a challenge, because they are very difficult to see, especially those medium sized cats.Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Ross Sea Pancake Ice"Pancake Ice" as seen from a vessel during late summer in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Metalwork, north Lebanon is plagued with frequent violence related to the civil war in Syria. Many Lebanese are afraid to go there. This gentleman is making traditional coffee pots, something his family has been doing for several generations.Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Shepherd the Omo Valley every day the shepherds leading their flocks to drink at water sourcesWed, 20 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Sea turtle at cleaning stationéxico, Guerrero, Ixtapa. A sea turtle being cleaned by fish some 10 miles off the coast.Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Girl on a train on a train in IndiaMon, 18 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Plitvice Falls Lakes National Park during the autumn. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Burglar documenting derelict, decaying and abandoned buildings my fourlegged friend always accompanies me. Together we climb over walls, crawl under fences and jump through windows to visit these places. Every house, every building, every interior tells its own story. Claire poses as burglar in front of a safe.Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Catching Fish catching fish on Lake Kerkini, GreeceFri, 15 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Golden Light on Palouse Hills was late afternoon and the dust from the farmers working the fields mixed with the golden light to give the hills a soft surreal look.Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summer Bloom bee collects pollen from a cactus flower. Every year a small cactus I own sends out a single enormous flower for one day. Bees swarm it and I was in the right place at the right time to take this shot.Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Wildebeest Leap wildebeest leaps into the river during the great migration in Africa.Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Searching alone 3 people in asia country need more care from us , the children in Cambodia landfill earning less than USD 2 a day .Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Tension worldSun, 10 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Work paths Hamdy working in the Metal Casting.this shot in his workshop . The temperature in his workshop reaches 60°C, while the temperature inside the furnace goes higher than 1000°C. Very hard work , different lifeSat, 09 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Wool providers of the High Andes Quechua woman from the village of Qenqo herds the towns’ llamas, alpacas, and sheep home for the night from grazing in the Peruvian highlands. This task is shared by the women of the village who still dress in traditional Andean textiles, all the while hand spinning wool as they walk.Fri, 08 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Reyna is one of the 2 million women in Mexico working in other peoples house - cleaning, washing the dishes and clothes, ironing them and doing other domestic jobs - for a very low salary. These women doesn't have any sort of insurance nor do they get subsidy. They work long hours and many times they are humiliated by their employers. Reyna is 15 years old, she started to work with 14 when she had to quit the school to help to maintain her family.Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000life in a track are residing at the side of the railway track .the mother is saving the children at the sound of passing the rail.Wed, 06 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Reef Squid Reef Squid hunting in the early evening. One of several in the "squadron," this one was a little more inquisitive.Tue, 05 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Retired after Superstorm Sandy had irreparably damaged this Ferris wheel, it was finally retired using a crane and heavy machinery. It stood defiantly until this day, and was gone the following morning.Mon, 04 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000The Wind and the Kite playing with kites and tire in the beautiful long coral beach of Saint Martin's Island. Sun, 03 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Boat of Bali Beach, a place you shouldn't miss when visiting Bali. It is a 20 to 30 minutes drive from the airport. This beach is unique for its beautiful sunrise with the fishermen wading in the sea and the beautiful boats around.Sat, 02 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Snowy Owl coughs up pellet watched this snowy owl acting kind of strange and I knew right away what was happening and started photographing him all the while waiting for the pellet to come out.Fri, 01 Jan 2016 05:00:00 +0000Primary-School was a school building and the boy still came here to study for a hour or two.Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Airborne at the Rodeo champion cowboy meets his equally champion match at the Helmville Rodeo as both horse and rider go airborne. No one was hurt in this incident.Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Mona Lisa female gorilla showing Mona Lisa's enigmatic smileTue, 29 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Among Flooded Waters little girl holds on to her dear teddy in her flooded homeMon, 28 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000The Long Trip as a long journey from childhood to old ageSun, 27 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Making a Living boys searched around the sea for starfish and sell it to any visitor. They will even exchange for goody with their collection. This picture was taken in Blakang Bukit. The people here usually live a seaborne lifestyle, and use small wooden boat for sailing. Sama-Bajau have sometimes been called the "Sea Gypsies."Sat, 26 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Polar Bear the tundra in Churchill, a polar bear waits for the ice to form on the Hudson Bay. Fri, 25 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Synchronous Fireflies (Lightning Bugs) took this photo of fireflies (lightning bugs) in almost complete darkness using the latest low light camera technology. I was completely surrounded by the fireflies, and witnessed one of the most amazing and magical natural phenomena – fireflies that synchronize. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Hunter 6 horas travesía desde Padang llegamos a Muara Siberut una pequeña isla del archipiélago de los Mentawai. Todavía queda una larga singladura en canoa a lo largo del río Rogorot hasta llegar a la "ulma" donde pasaremos los próximos días junto a nuestros anfitriones.Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Sms, 22 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Primordial Night Sky year some 40 million Americans pack rucksacks with tents, stoves, food, and supplies and head into the wilderness. They are seeking escape--seeking peace and reflection. They are seeking a state resigned to an older, simpler time; to touch history under the starts; to sit around a fire with your fellow man, telling stories, sharing truths. They seek connection with the world around us in all of its effervescent glory. And here, under the stars of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, some friends can gather together, huddled on the edge of a granite bowl, and launch their fellowship to the heavens.Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Bridging the Gap Bridge of Bacunayagua, divides the provinces of La Habana and Matanzas and is the highest bridge in Cuba. This photograph was taken from an observation point on the Havana side and I patiently waited for an American classic car to cross the bridge, to give the shot a more authentic Cuban feel.Sun, 20 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Kung Fu Squirrel squirrel was jumping from tree to tree and I was lucky enough to catch it in flight. It was shot in autumn.Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Drying of stockfish of stockfish in Norway using a method unchanged for centuriesFri, 18 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Desert Formations highway curves between circular rock formations in the Arizona desert, once America's Wild West. Photographed from a small plane.Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000GREECE REFUGEE CRISIS - Athens center - Young woman taking care of her mother in the tentGirl in her tent in modern history have so many been so desperate to flee, reshaping Europe and the world. Their journey began in war, poverty and oppression. They are fleeing, by the hundreds of thousands, from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran and Pakistan, a ceaseless flow of humanity driven by wars, insecurity, lack of opportunity and fear for the newly formed Islamic State. Their desperation is only matched by their fortitude and sense of hope. Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Himba child eating from a rusty pot. child from the Himba tribe of North Namibia eating porridge from a rusty pot while a dog is getting close trying to have his shareTue, 15 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000The Sanctuary old woman praying to the Gods, asking them to help stop the earthquakes in Nepal. Nepalese people take refugee in monastery and sanctuaries to ask help to his deities related the huge earthquakes of April and May of 2015.Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Foggy Farm in the field at sunrise on a very foggy morning. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Mountain road is a long-exposure image of a mountain road lit by the head and tail lights of a passing carSat, 12 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Girls carrying bricks of ladies carrying out from the oven bricks recently fired.Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000poverty leads him to work in danger people around Mt ijen due to their poverty were forced work in the world most dangerous volcano which emit sulfur fumes and other poisonous gas.they carry up to 90 kg twice per day and they were paid only 9cent per kg. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000woman looking out of the window of a train young woman sitting on her bed in a sleeping compartment. It is early in the morning and she is looking out of the window. The morning sun is flooding into the compartment. She is sharing her bed with another passenger and a huge suitcase.Wed, 09 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Making It Pretty Again moving scaffolding while refurbishing La Pila in Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.Tue, 08 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Angelita cenoteMon, 07 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Life goes on, Hebron. students get out of class, wrap scarves around their faces and throw rocks. Israeli soldiers raid universities in the West Bank regularly. It’s life. In Hebron, clashes had broken out between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. We ducked behind a building. I peered out just in time to see this woman rushing past the chaos, clutching notebooks. The scene before me communicated what we'd heard on the streets all day, "It's normal. It's normal." Life must go on.Sun, 06 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Going Home 5 monk on his way home to templeSat, 05 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Trucker Chapel driver Ben Blackburn participates in a Bible study at the Transport For Christ mobile chapel in Lodi, Ohio, in October 2013. Ben lost his job during the recent recession. When he ended up homeless at the TA Travel Center in Lodi, TFC chaplains helped him enroll in trucking school and find a job.Fri, 04 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Jökulsárlón Black Sand Beach at Sunrise of glacial ice break off in a nearby glacial lagoon and flow into the ocean, resting on Jökulsárlón black sand beach at sunrise.Thu, 03 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Playing in the highlands is Nathalie and her sisters playing with her bike in the lands of Sunimarca, Puno. Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Amber Fort After Sunrise beautiful colour at Amber Fort, Jaipur, India while the fisherman in the middle of the lake.Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:00:00 +0000Boston fountain streets of BostonMon, 30 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000The RUN was taken during a horse race in one rural village of Punjab, India. A moment before wining the race. I was there to shoot bull cart race but it was canceled due to protest from animal rights group & this was the next best thing to shoot there.Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000An old woman taking a rest under a big tree after 2 hour riding on my motobike to BanGioc waterfall, northern Vietnam, I saw some local people here and I especially noticed this old woman with her glasses and the way she wear them.Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Muscle Power Adult Siblings engage here in a mock fight - that help them prepare for their survival in the wild. A little more grown up and these same fights would become the key to their survival in the wild, even within families.Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Fossil Fuel Galore"A quarter century ago, scientists warned that if we kept burning fossil fuel at current rates we’d melt the Arctic. The fossil fuel industry (and most everyone else in power) ignored those warnings, and what do you know: The Arctic is melting, to the extent that people now are planning to race yachts through the Northwest Passage, which until very recently required an icebreaker to navigate." New York Times, May 12, 2015. Midway-Sunset is currently the largest oil field in California. Aerial Image. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Spirit Bear in Forest beautiful Spirit Bear left the stream to rest in the forest. Before she came back down she peaked through to watch her surroundings. Did you ever have a trip where everything went right? This was that trip. The experience, the people, the awesome natural beauty were mind blowing. This photo was taken in Gitga'at territory. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Black H'Mong woman Vietnam, the Hmong people are one of the largest ethnic minorities (around 900,000 people). They are principally concentrated in the mountainous north of the country and usually live at high altitudes. Different ethnic categories co-exist and can easily be identified by the way they dress and their traditions. The Black Hmongs are best known for their handicraft and their traditional indigo blue dresses.Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000HAPPINESS IMAGE WAS TAKEN AT LA PAZ MEXICOMon, 23 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Windows 2015 life.Sun, 22 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000A village girl the old town of Yangjixi, Fujian, China, people still use should pole to carry things as daily tool. They go to the field early in the morning to arm, or go to the well to take water. This is reflection of old way of living.Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Time Traveller Railway Bridge In Agra, IndiaFri, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Lake Powell houseboat camps on the shore in shallow water in a canyon at Lake Powell near Page, Arizona, May 26, 2015. The lake, on the Colorado River provides water for Nevada, Arizona and California. A severe drought in recent years, combined with withdrawals that many believe are not sustainable, has reduced its levels to only about 42 percent of its capacity.Thu, 19 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000A potential friend most homes in Cuba lacking lights, front doors stay open to let in the sunshine in. Onelia believes turning strangers into friends is a Cuban custom, and thus anyone passing by Onelia’s door is her potential friend. As I was the first foreigner to enter her house, she mentioned that it would be so nice if others would come to visit her too. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000The China Red In front of this Chinese Red Wall, walks this lady in a Red dress.Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000MILES TO GO an old age home at Varanasi on every Sunday there was a prayer in the hall at the ground floor. Borders are getting down from first floor to attain the prayer. An aged lady who was patient of osteoarthritis also trying to attain the program. she was looking for an assistance.Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000In the Morning frog peeping through a hole in the leaves, looking for a sun.Sun, 15 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Two kings first day of safari in the Serengeti National Park, at the south entrance, we find this gorgeous pair of male lion resting quiet near the road. As park hosting tourists the truth is that was not too bad, hehe ...Sat, 14 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Wood man transmits timber set which is used to burn the bodies , near the Ganges river , and mentions that the The Ganga is the most sacred river to Hindus - (Varanasi-India) Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000Nduku and her goat had risen early to the goats bleating just outside the village. The noise was louder than usual, so I went to investigate. As I reached the goat post Nduku was on her way out of the goats kraal. She had her favourite goat wrapped in her arms as she was on the way to rejoin it with its mother.Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:00:00 +0000