Photos | Smithsonian feed for the photosenTue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Konduki photo. The middle of Russia, Tula region, near Konduki village. Among plains, cornfields and copses lays abandoned Ushakovsky coal cut. During the Soviet era there was mined lignite, but in the 90s mining was closed due to unprofitability. Now 50 meters high clay hills are overgrown with birches and aspens, forming landscape very unusual for this region. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000lion's mane jellyfish of the largest jellyfish, growing up to 30m. This creature is lured by a rich plankton soup. Hebrides, Scotland Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000El Clot (The Hole), gypsy wedding Clot (The Hole), is an apartment block in Valencia’s historic El Cabanyal neighborhood which has been under threat of demolition for 20 years. Gypsy families have occupied and restored some of the empty apartments in El Clot, where they live in poverty and under threat from law enforcement.Sun, 14 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Building floating on the cloud in Dubai surprising beautiful fog appeared in front of my hotel window on the next morning when I arrived in Dubai this January. I immediately asked for permission to the hotel top to capture this photo. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Hands on sculptor is creating an idol of Goddess 'Durga' in Kolkata, IndiaFri, 12 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000after erathquake 3 were killed and thousands were injured after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit border region between Iraq and Iran. Sarpole-Zahab was hit the hardest; leaving the city without running water, food, electricity, medical assistance, and other basic needs. Hospitals are working out of tents as its patients lay on the streets. Land where homes once stood are nothing more than rubble and dust, leaving families homeless and helpless, Nov 2017Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000the worker worker is picking potatoes October is the right time for harvesting potatoes in Dehgolan, one of the largest regions for the cultivation of this crop in Iran. Due to the potentiality of the soil and water of this area, its people cultivate more than 95% of their land with potatoes each yearWed, 10 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Siblings lay in their backyard in Watford, North Dakota., Kate and Jude, siblings, lay in their backyard in Watford, North Dakota. 6 July 2017. The Long family has five children whom they homeschool. Western North Dakota attracted families from across the nation during the recent oil boom. Watford, like other rural towns in the region, is now facing unemployment and overdevelopment since the decline of the oil industry.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Alan Cumming, Actor 'Kings & Queens in Their Castles', portraits of LGBTQ Americans at home, more at:, 08 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000So much wind three days I was luck enough to be able to watch this Eastern Screech owl in a low roost. I spent about 25 hours over those three days mostly looking at an empty hole. On this day there was a Cold Front moving through the area, and we were getting strong wind gusts. Every time one of these gusts would come through the little owl would get incredibly worried, and start looking around for predators. Often times it would jump back into it's hole and not come out for hours afterwards. Sat, 06 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Shooter girl shoots her bow outside of Travis Archery in Woodbourne, NY.Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Dusk : Starlight over Zion to the top of Angels landing in Zion National park, here's the view looking back.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Mister “V” in his caravan“V” live in a caravan along the Llobregat river since 30 years.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Round purple An anemone (magnificent Heteractis) is closing at sunset, thus showing its capitulum (outer mantle) of a beautiful purple color. Among the tentacles a family of clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion) with parasitic inside the mouth with isopod Cimothoa.Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000Flying flamingos flying over salt ponds in Botswana. Aerial image (photographed from a plane).Mon, 01 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +0000The Coypu photo is floating nutria in a river with autumn colors in the background.Sun, 31 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000“Open Veins of Latin America”“Open Veins of Latin America” as Eduardo Galeano used to describe in his book… »Our defeat was always implicit in the victory of others; our wealth has always generated our poverty by nourishing the prosperity of others - the empires and their native overseers. In the colonial and neocolonial alchemy, gold changes into scrap metal and food into poison.« Vehicle tracks scar the beautiful salt flats of “Salar de Uyuni”. Sat, 30 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000You Shall Not Pass was shot inside the National Gallery Victoria, Australia. I was watching this young boy from up on the mezzanine. He stood out from the majority of the other more animated kids. He was with his mum but he seemed somewhat detached. His general manner was quite cautious, a somber demeanor leaned over him but he moved around confidently. He had an air of independence; he was curious. He walked outside and approached the wall carefully. The scene I shot exemplified my perception of himFri, 29 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000camel race during a traditional camel race in a village of OmanThu, 28 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Kushti 2 is the traditional form of Indian wrestling. Practiced in an Akhara, the wrestlers, under the supervision of a guru, dedicate their bodies and minds to Kushti on average for 6 to 36 months. It is a way of life and a spartan existence that requires rigorous discipline. Experienced wrestlers set the example and transmit their skills in the pit and in the community to the younger boys (7-8 years old) and new recruits, whereby promoting camaraderie, solidarity and fraternity.Wed, 27 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000El Clot (The Hole) Clot (The Hole), is an apartment block in Valencia's historic El Cabanyal neighborhood which has been under threat of demolition for 20 years. Gypsy families have occupied and restored some of the empty apartments in El Clot, where they live in poverty and under threat from law enforcement.Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Terrestrial Synergy Pockets, a remote wilderness in Vermont Cliffs, Arizona is really an otherworldly landform. This place is quite a challenge to get to, making it even more of a special experience to photograph. I was awestruck with vast expanses of eroded sandstone cliffs shaped by the turbulent natural forces. To fully capture the experience, I camped here overnight and shot a lot of different scenes but what captivated me the most is this moment after a fiery sunset when stars started popping up. Mon, 25 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Yibbum nr8 traditional Hasidic wedding in Bet Shemesh, IsraelSun, 24 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Dreamland, West Bengal State, Calcutta. Dreamland. People sleeping, day and night, alone or in groups, are an integral part of the Indian landscape. All types of social groups find it perfectly normal to sleep in what might be considered unusual places. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Come out of your shell moray eel that found a night shelter inside the shell of what used to be a giant clam. This photo is part of an ongoing project capturing the “night portraits” of the less familiar nocturnal inhabitants of the coral reef.Fri, 22 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000A Belgian Angel man is going home after attending the Meiboom festival in BrusselsThu, 21 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Rapa das bestas das Bestas is the name of an operation that involves cutting the manes of the wild horses who live free at the mountains in a semi-feral state and that are performed in the curros (enclosed which retain the horses) held in various locations in Galicia (Spain). Those horses live in mountains owned by the villages (a form of property derived from the Suevi, around 8th century) and have several owners (private owners, the parish or the village), each year the foal are marked and the adults shaved and deloused, and then freed again to the mountains. The best known is the Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo, in the city hall of A Estrada, which lasts three days: the First Saturday, Sunday and Monday in July. In fact, the name given to the celebration (Rapa das Bestas of Sabucedo), while in most places speaking about curros.It is a noble struggle between man and animal. They sabucedo measure their strength in Pontevedra, where this year have gathered 400 horses. The Aloitador Michael Tourino says proudly: "We do not use sticks or ropes, this is a melee with the animal."The first step is to remove the foals for their safety. A mission entrusted to the smallest. The work of the aloitadores is a matter of skill and strength, but also experience. And it bronco riding, time stops. Horse reduce it by three.If you leave, you are standing rapa, and if not, as Emilio tells us, aloitador, "we have to play desequilibrase and lay down on the floor to cut their manes." The aloitadora, Lucia Gonzalez, believes that "the time is the most dangerous knock him". The festival ends with the return of the animal to mount. It will be a goodbye. Both sides know that their strength measured again within a year, as from the eighteenth century.The Rapa das Bestas, declared of International Tourist Interest since 2007, annually welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world who travel to enjoy a show of great intensity.Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Story of lines'm in love with the Vatican of Rome, what a fabulous Masterpiece, the lines,curves, texture,the design, everything here is unique.I wanted to use all these elements in a photograph,so I made the composition and waited for one hour to catch that red color on the left to make a better contrast in the composition.hope to visit that antique building again and again.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Joy Pup enjoying the morning breeze on Dune Island in GermanyMon, 18 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000The Path a lake in Egypt called Albrolos lake, where fishing is the main activity for the locales Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Least Tern feeding it's chick was at the beach to watch some of the shorebirds and their chicks when the parent came back with a fish. Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Grizzly Fight adult grizzly bears practicing their skills for the real world fight.Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000downstairs "Paul-Loebe-Haus", hosting government offices, is a beautiful building in the area of the "Reichstag" in Berlin. I had to wait a while before someone stepped down the stairs, but the wait was paid off by this shot.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Mystical River in Cenote Angelita where a cloud of hydrogen sulfide gives the appearance of an underwater river, complete with its own island. The cenote is a water-filled sinkhole, and the island is a mound of debris from the roof collapse. The cloud is formed by the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter such as leaft litter,Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Wild Horses Exchanging Scents greet each other with a handshake - horses sniff. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Salt field Workers are women who work in a salt field in Vietnam. I altered the image to black and white and made the background black to emphasize the women.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Green vendor at a fun fair in the Meadows, EdinburghSun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Untitled dancing on the wind while workers were climbing this hight structure of bamboos, to hang the fibbers to dry after having been colouredSat, 09 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Portraits of the Revolution of Fidel and Raul Castro, Camilo Cienfuegos, and Che Guevara on a wall in Havana, Cuba. Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Burden the mountain village, most of the women should work very hard like her.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Well of Death of Death as they say, is a stunt show, where a few people shows extreme stunt without any protection. Stuntmen performs their stunts by riding bike on the wall of the man made well. To get this stunning image I had to get inside the floor in the stunt show where the people are not allowed due to slippery walls.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Orphans line up beneath images of the leaders in Nampo, North Korea drawn from a long-term project on the DPRK (North Korea) depicting less-commonly shown aspects of daily life.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Aurora Swirl Aurora dancing at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000A Hat Maker girl is preparing to make hats dry in field.Sun, 03 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Untitled by fellow circus performers, a clown is reflected in a motorcycle mirror while waiting backstage during the International Circuba Festival in Havana, Cuba on June 27, 2017. Sat, 02 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Shadows & Green women from the countryside of Myanmar are collecting water in the stream.Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000Short Eared Owl Short Eared Owl hunting for voles in the marshlandsThu, 30 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Patrol through light and shadow campus guard walking around the campus in New York. The light and shadow create an interesting composition. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000People throwing colours holi is a festival of colours, is very famous in northern India.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000The Mirror of Opera mirror reflects an opera performer while he was doing the final make up for the opera show. Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Blues of northern swamps, Leningrad Region, the "Boloto Ozernoe" reserve. This system of swamps and small lakes, transforming to swamps, is only in two hours' drive from St Petersburg Palace Square, but it seems that in these two hours you are moving to another, mysterious world. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Naughty calf was shooting elephant herds in Corbett, the summer is best season to photograph elephants, I was in my safari vehicle and followed the herd for hours and able to capture this behaviour of calf. Sat, 25 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Old Lady thousand words unspokenFri, 24 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000CHINA-SHANXI-YUNCHENG-SALT LAKE photo taken on April 13, 2017 shows the colorful salt lake in Yuncheng city, north China's Shanxi Province.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Quarries men one of white limestone quarries workshops in Minya city, Egypt.I think he's a genius laborer,I photographed this shot in the last phase of making and producing the white limestone,it' called filling time,the workers are filling the white stones into the vehicles to be ready for trading in the market, actually they have a very nice way in the filling,by throwing it in the vehicles,and each stone must be in it place beside the other,side by side,he is in hurry to fill thousands of stones.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000The window frog climb to a hole in the leafTue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Feliz Navidad, Havana downtown, small food marketMon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Nueva Venecia people who resurrected to magical realism. New Venice is a palafito town of the Marsh of Santa Marta, between Cartagena and Santa Marta, main cities of the Colombian Caribbean. Its 3,000 inhabitants live isolated from tourism and life that are generated on the asphalt. To all the places of this population it is necessary to be transferred in boat, so the children learn a comment before a walk, the school buses are canoes and each house is an island. Its origin responds to several centuries ago, but the denomination that sister with the Italian city takes a few decades. An approach to the place revives the magical realism and connects with the resurrection of a place in full change that overcame a slaughter of paramilitaries in 2001.Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Night at Buddhist College of the small houses in the college was built by the monks themselves. In the early morning, the monks had begun their morning classes, and the lights were shining like stars in the valley.Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000grateful prayer.... person's sincerity can be seen only in the temple....Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Sunrise of Hpa-an natural lake near Hpaan city. Hpaan is the capital city of Kayin state in Myanmar.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Collecting the plywood the plywood after a whole day drying, the national highway No 3, the North of Vietnam.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Shadow Puppets Cave, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At a certain time of day, sunlight comes through the orifice of Jomblang Cave. The trees covering the orifice disperses the vast sunlight into narrow beams of light. In order to get to this vista point, one must rappel a scary 40m+ and be willing to endure a short hike.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000THE WALL OF SILENCE is one of the wonderful little everyday-gestures that during all my life I have observed in her. Placida, my grandmother, she was 39 years old way back in '63, when under the wave of the Vajont she lost her husband. A person who, unfortunately, fate has not left the time to let me know. Everyone knew that that piece of mountain would have fall in that artificial lake. But no one expected that the water would sweep away forever an entire village and almost all its inhabitants. A wave that left her, and another handful of souls, completely alone in the world.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Mourning mourning is a ritual in Iran. at the this day People pour on the their head and body clay and water(mud) to show their grief and mourning to Imam Hussein.Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Untitled"I can cry in front of them, I can tell them my secrets. I buy them things and they calm me down. I just feel comfortable around them,” says twenty-six year old Lisa Schalm as she poses for a portrait inside of her bedroom in Brockport, N.Y., on Oct. 11, 2017. Lisa suffers from depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder and said that these reborn dolls are the only solution to help calm her symptoms. A reborn doll is a manufactured skin doll that has been transformed by an artist to resemble a human infant with as much realism as possible. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Turkmen woman weaving her hair women in Northern Iran have special lives. They have always been in the limelight and marginally. Turkmen women sing and sing their hair. They are depressed. They try to forget their problems by singingFri, 10 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Inflatable woman leaves the beach with her inflatable mattress. the British flag was used at that time by the italian beach handlers as a protest against an Italian lawThu, 09 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000life and death this picture I wanted to capture life and death in one imageWed, 08 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Engulfed surrounds Bridalveil fall as a storm clearsTue, 07 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000Melancholy melancholic bonobo portrait. Bonobos (previously known as "pygmy chimpanzees") are the only ape that doesn't kill.Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 +0000A boatman enjoying leisure boatman reading newspaper on his boat and enjoying leisureSun, 05 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0000Bird Art Greater Flamingos in north central cost line of Sri Lanka. Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0000Misty Dream with Fireflies during a misty night with black-eyed-Susans.Thu, 02 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0000Flying year, during the months of Dec-March, the California Delta hosts millions of migratory birds, such as geese, egrets, ducks, herons and others. Aerial image (shot from a plane at sunset). Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 +0000playing on the alley on the alleyTue, 31 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Eight Generals temple lively celebration,is the most representative of Taiwan's traditional culture. Face painting symbolizes the gods, when God possessed person, which is Taiwan's art, like real divinity.Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Preparing to appear before the saint "Artilleros," as these people are called, must prepare their handmade shotguns to detonate the powder and thus start the festivity.Sun, 29 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Bamboo basket basket is one of the traditional villages of vietnam. This woman said she earned about 7 usds. That's mean she could make 700 baskets a day. (100 basket = 1 usd)Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Princess Dresses Disney princess dresses hanging outside a home to dry. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Big Island Lava Falls I visited the Big Island of Hawaii, I was lucky enough to be there when lava flow was pouring from a cliff side into the water, creating a lava waterfall effect. There was a local tour company offering boat tours to get near the lava entry. I took a tour one evening and it ended up being one of the most incredible experiences of my life. My sense came alive while smelling the sulfur, feeling the heat and seeing the lava in all its glory. Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Geometric on geometry needlefish (Corythoichthys cf. flavofasciatus) on a coral brainTue, 24 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Prayer picture was taken in an ancient cave near Mandalay city,Myanmar.Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Dandi the hindu rituals Hindu woman steps over a child in a ritual seeking blessings for the child .Devotees cross over children lying on the road during Sitala Puja festival. It is a ritual practiced for the well-being of children.Sat, 21 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Great blue heron's preened feathers blue heron (Ardea herodias) shows freshly arranged feathers after a thorough preening. Photographed on Florida's Gulf coast.Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000Boy playing with kite in the favela of Ramos northern zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro playing with kite in the favela of Ramos northern zone of the city of Rio de JaneiroThu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0000