Category: HISTORY

Jan 9, 2013

The Biggest Bonfire in the World

The Biggest Bonfire in the World

To see the world’s biggest bonfire you’ll have to visit Alesund, Norway, where wood pallets are stacked over 40 meters (131 ft) high on an artificial island. The occasion? Sankthans, or ‘Midsummer’, an annual festival in commemoration of John the Baptist’s birth. The day is celebrated on the 24th of June (around summer solstice)…

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Jan 8, 2013

A Year in the Life of a White House Photographer

A Year in the Life of a White House Photographer

Pete Souza is the Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and Director of the White House Photography Office. He was also the official White House photographer during President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Souza and Obama first met on January 3, 2005 on Obama’s first day in Senate. Souza at the time…

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Jan 7, 2013

Picture of the Day: Bali’s Tanah Lot Sea Temple

Picture of the Day: Bali’s Tanah Lot Sea Temple

BALI’S TANAH LOT SEA TEMPLE Photograph by Fabio Gismondi Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot (literally “Tanah Lot temple”), and a popular tourist and cultural icon. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from…

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Jan 5, 2013

Picture of the Day: Sunrise at Easter Island

Picture of the Day: Sunrise at Easter Island

SUNRISE AT EASTER ISLAND Photograph by Pierre Lesage In this stunning aerial photograph by Pierre Lesage we see Easter Island at sunrise. Lesage specializes in kite aerial photography (KAP). This particular photo was taken with a Ricoh GX 200 camera with a Wide Angle converter. The rig was designed by Brooks Leffler…

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Dec 31, 2012

The Photos That Inspired Norman Rockwell’s Paintings

The Photos That Inspired Norman Rockwell’s Paintings

Norman Rockwell (Feb. 3, 1894 – Nov. 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the 322 cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine…

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Dec 29, 2012

Picture of the Day: Canyon Riders

Picture of the Day: Canyon Riders

CANYON RIDERS Photograph by Edward S. Curtis In this beautiful photograph by E.S. Curtis (1862-1952), taken in 1904, we see seven Navajo riders on horseback and a dog trekking across the Canyon de Chelly. Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park…

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Dec 26, 2012

Picture of the Day: Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

Picture of the Day: Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

TA PROHM TEMPLE, CAMBODIA Photograph by Peter Nijenhuis Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the…

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