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Portrait of Pablucha, the shepherd
Alienesque
Men inspect a well that has become too salinated for farming use.
Sprouting
Havana street scene
The flower and the insect in my garden.
Praying mantis amidst zinnias
Heavens Rising
A fisherman at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Time stands still.
Women gather the day's catch. In the Guet Ndar fishing community, families are coping with rising seas and overpopulation.
Happy the Beach Puppy
Afternoon Snack
Hunter
On the Hunt
Baye Sarr, a fishing captain, heading out to sea. Many fisherman in Senegal say the winds and storms are stronger and more unpredictable.
On the forest floor
Anthony and Annie
Leaf pressed onto a log.
Focus!
Boly Sarr, a retired fisherman in his home. He says they once had to drag their boats very far to reach the sea, and due to rising seas now store the boats in the streets of the community.
Petrified Lava
Praying mantis  the shade of a pink zinnia
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Happy the Beach Puppy

When visiting Puerto Rico, my friend and I stayed in the little surf town of Rincón. My friend saw this puppy in a car parked outside a grocery store and was instantly in love. She talked to the owner, obsessed over the puppy, and said goodbye. The next day we saw the same puppy on the beach after surfing. He was named "Happy" by a local that adopted him. The Puerto Rico Highway 413, a rural road located at the west point of Rincón, is famous in the island for being the main access to beautiful beaches. Albert, Happy's owner and our new friend, is the owner of the surf rental and school in the area (called RD2Happiness), and he invited us over to hang with his friend Pedro and Happy. We drank cheap beer, watched the surf, exchanged life stories, and smiled at the cutest little surf puppy in all of Puerto Rico. Albert is one of the nicest guys you could possible meet and he took us on wonderful adventures during the rest of our trip and Happy was always along for the ride. Today an estimated 200,000 unwanted and abused Satos (Puerto Rican slang for stray dog), roam the streets and beaches of Puerto Rico. My friend and I are so overjoyed to have met Happy and to know he has such an amazing dad to love him.

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Date Taken: 11.2016
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PHOTO LOCATION Rincón, PR, United States of America