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Gold is good in its place; but living, brave, patriotic men, are better than gold.

Abraham Lincoln

President of the United States (1861-1865)

Snapshots of Life

from the Smithsonian

Swimming With Salmon

Every year salmon spawn at the edge of this river in large numbers. Even though the lake is mainly glacier fed, we felt the need to swim through the salmon for this epic picture.

The Abandonment

A thoughtful woman sits at the table at the end of lunch at sunset.


The sea hunter returns home after a successful hunt in the Chukchi sea in Chukotka.

A Day in the Field

A young farmer carried a rack of rice sprouts across the paddy field.

Swarming Bees

Beekeeper showing his hands full of bees

Birds of Buttermere

The sentinels of Buttermere stand along the shore of the lake, backdropped by the dramatic Cumbrian fells. When the wind is calm the reflections are stunning in the morning, and this flock of feeding birds added a little extra to the shot.


A woman honors Yemanajá very early in the morning. Feb. 02, 2018. Salvador, Bahia. Brazil.

In Candomblé and Umbanda, every practitioner is believed to have his own tutelary orisha, which controls his or her destiny and acts as a protector. Yemanjá is one of the seven o...More

Happy New Year

It is never easy to secure the best spot for New Year’s Eve fireworks in London. I arrived at least 5 hours earlier to get a nice spot to enjoy the fireworks, but my view was blocked by the selfie stick, which looked even higher than London Eye!

Newest Cowboy in Town

Newborn Jestin is welcomed by his father Jessie at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

Emperor penguins live in the ocean, but every April they move to the sea ice 70 miles away from the coast to prepare their breeding cycles for 8 months.

Walruses Reaching the Beach to Rest

After entering the bay, sleeping on the rocks at the foot of the cliff for weeks, walruses eventually reach the bottom where a sandy beach welcomes them for a month. In the meantime, the temperature dropped and snow appeared in the surroundings. There will be around 90,000 walrus...More


If they had spotted me, the cormorants would have stayed at least 300 metres away. Thanks to my underwater hide they came so close that I had to keep the window closed with magnets so that they could not push their way in.

Fresh Coat

The reverence for the relics held within Ruwanwelisaya is evidenced in part by the loving care given to the site's upkeep. The methods used to ascend the stupa are as timeless as the structure itself.

Grave on the Salt Flats

While working on a story about Lithium mining, I came across this grave in the middle of the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni.