Week in pictures: 7-13 May 2022

Trees planted around Karbala
Image caption,Workers look after trees planted in the “green belt” area around the city of Karbala, Iraq.
Dancers during the opening ceremony
Image caption,The opening ceremony at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam, marked the beginning of the Southeast Asian Games. About 5,000 athletes will be competing in 40 sports.
The state opening of parliament
Image caption,Prince Charles stood in for the Queen for the first time to open a new session of Parliament, after she had to pull out because of mobility problems. The Prince of Wales, flanked by the Duke of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, read the Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords.
Ukrainian soldier
Image caption,The Azov regiment released this photo of an injured Ukrainian serviceman inside the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, which is besieged by Russian troops. All elderly people, women and children have now been evacuated from the plant.
A home smoulders in the aftermath of a wildfire in Laguna Niguel, California
Image caption,Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes due to a swift-moving wildfire in southern California. Meanwhile, the largest wildfire in the US continues to threaten communities and businesses in New Mexico.
A bee-eater bird catches a bee in the village of Buszkowice in Podkarpacie, Poland
Image caption,A bee-eater bird catches a bee in the village of Buszkowice in Podkarpacie, Poland.
Migrants wrapped in red blankets
Image caption,Migrants wait to disembark from a Spanish coastguard vessel at the port of Arguineguin, on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.
British soldiers during a media open day at Krivolak army base, North Macedonia
Image caption,British soldiers participate in a Nato “Swift Response 22” exercise in North Macedonia, to test the military alliance’s deployment readiness along its eastern borders.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks through cannabis plants
Image caption,Mayor of London Sadiq Khan walks through cannabis plants which are being legally cultivated at a licensed factory in Los Angeles. The mayor was seeing for himself how legalised cannabis production operates in California.
A policeman fires tear gas during a clash between government supporters and demonstrators outside the President's office in Colombo
Image caption,Sri Lankan security forces were ordered to shoot law-breakers on sight in a bid to quell anti-government protests. Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the island’s worst ever economic

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Cool photos hot off the presses 

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Unloading potatoes in Minnesota

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Coiling Dragon Cliff Walk in China

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Great view when taking a leak, location unknown.

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Giant sinkhole in Fukuoka, Japan. Completely repaired in 2 weeks.

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Sunset over a volcano

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San Diego, the city with perpetual perfect weather.

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New Zealand earthquake. Wire like rail tracks.

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Whales feeding in Alaska.
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Angolan President’s palace juxtaposed beside the slums that he rules.

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The Big Apple at night.

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Tourists checking out Yosemite in the late 1880’s.

Stunning nighttime photos of New York City from 7,500 high  


The photos almost look like a miniature Lego set was lit up.

Photographer Vincent Laforet captured these absolutely stunning high-altitude photos of New York City at night by hanging himself out of a helicopter hovering at a staggering 7,500 feet. Nobody has ever done this before from this altitude.

“It is both exhilarating and terrifying all at once,” Laforet told Gizmodo. “Let’s just start off by saying this was the scariest helicopter “photo mission” of my career. And the most beautiful.”

Indeed, one veteran pilot that Laforet often flew with refused to go up to the altitude they were at, saying that “helicopters are not meant to live in that realm”.

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Laforet was on assignment for the Men’s Health Magazine and the photographer proposed shooting the city from an unusually high altitude so that they could capture the lines that are formed by the streets of New York at night. “It was an article about psychology and I’ve always thought that from a high altitude the streets looked like brain “synapses” – at least to me,” he said.

For the shoot, Laforet was armed with multiple Canon 1DX’s, a Mamiya Leaf Credo 50MP digital medium format system, and a huge array of glass for both Canon and Mamiya medium format system. Because helicopters vibrate pretty significantly, Mike had also brought a Kenyon 4×4 gyroscopic stabilizer, which provided stability for lower ISO, slower shutter night shots.

“I was finally able to capture some of the images that I’ve dreamed of capturing for decades,” said Laforet.

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Amazing National Geographic Photos from 2016

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Kirill Vselensky perches on a cornice in Moscow as Dima Balashov gets the shot. The 24-year-olds, risktakers known as rooftoppers, celebrate their feats on Instagram.

This photo was originally published in “Why Many Young Russians See a Hero in Putin,” in December 2016.

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As an evening storm lights up the sky near Wood River, Nebraska, about 413,000 sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River.

This photo was originally published in “What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water’s Gone?,” in August 2016.

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Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve.

This photo was originally published in “Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side,” in August 2016.

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Tempted by the fruit of a strangler fig, a Bornean orangutan climbs 100 feet into the canopy. With males weighing as much as 200 pounds, orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals.

This photo was originally published in “Inside the Private Lives of Orangutans,” in December 2016.

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In Flint, Michigan, siblings Julie, Antonio, and India Abram collect their daily allowance of bottled water from Fire Station #3, their local water resource site.

This photo was originally published in “Intimate Portraits of Flint Show Frustration, Fear, Perseverance,” in February 2016.

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Russia’s Bovanenkovo natural gas field, on the Yamal Peninsula, was deemed too expensive to develop until President Vladimir Putin made it a priority.

This photo was originally published in “In the Arctic’s Cold Rush, There Are No Easy Profits,” in March 2016.

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The colors of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone come from thermophiles: microbes that thrive in scalding water.

This photo was originally published in “Learning to Let the Wild Be Wild in Yellowstone,” in May 2016.

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Steven Donovan, flipping into a pool, took a seasonal job at Glacier National Park to sharpen his photography skills.

This photo was originally published in “Can the Selfie Generation Unplug and Get Into Parks?” in October 2016.

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Kirk Odom was convicted of rape after an expert testified that a hair on the victim’s nightgown matched his. He spent years in prison before DNA tests proved his innocence.

This photo was originally published in “How Science Is Putting a New Face on Crime Solving,” in July 2016.

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In Alaska, a mother grizzly and her cubs cause a “bear jam” on Denali’s 92-mile-long Park Road, open to private vehicles only five days each summer.

This photo was originally published in “How Can 6 Million Acres at Denali Still Not Be Enough?” in February 2016.

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On a mountainside in Yosemite National Park, photographer Stephen Wilkes took 1,036 images over 26 hours to create this day-to-night composite.

This photo was originally published in “How National Parks Tell Our Story—and Show Who We Are,” in January 2016.

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Dressed for Mars, space engineer Pablo de León tests a prototype space suit at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where fine soil and fans simulate conditions on the red planet.

This photo was originally published in “Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet,” in November 2016.

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Villagers in Bagaran, Armenia, sing of cultural endurance and survival while picnicking at night beneath apricot trees—and a giant cross that shines defiantly into Turkey.

This photo was originally published in “A Century Later, Slaughter Still Haunts Turkey and Armenia,” in April 2016.

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These rhinos on a South African ranch have recently had their horns trimmed. Unlike elephant ivory, rhino horn grows back when cut properly. The rancher is stockpiling the horn in hopes that selling it will soon be legal.

This photo was originally published in “Special Investigation: Inside the Deadly Rhino Horn Trade,” in October 2016.

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On their first migration to their summer range in southeastern Yellowstone, three-week-old calves of the Cody elk herd follow their mothers up a 4,600-foot slope.

This photo was originally published in “The Yellowstone We Don’t See: A Struggle of Life and Death,” in May 2016.

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Summer attracts sunbathers—clothed and otherwise—to the grassy banks of Munich’s Schwabinger Bach. The meadows here have been popular with nudists since the 1970s.

This photo was originally published in “How Urban Parks Are Bringing Nature Close to Home,” in April 2016.

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A panda keeper in China uses a stuffed leopard to train young pandas to fear their biggest wild foe. A cub’s reactions help determine if the bear is ready to survive on its own.

This photo was originally published in “Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side,” in August 2016.

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Lounging in inches of warm water, blacktip reef sharks wait for the tide to refill the lagoon at Seychelles’ Aldabra Atoll.

This photo was originally published in “In the Seychelles, Taking Aim at Nature’s Bullies,” in March 2016.


Photos from around the planet

Japanese boy soldier prisoners on Okinawa WWII. One said he was 21 years old and the other one said he was 18.

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Greek village

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Niagara Falls

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Antarctica from space

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Fish Tank?

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Bridges in Winnipeg

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Young lady skateboarder Winnipeg.

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Condo in Winnipeg with a different design. Locally known as the UFO building.

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Palestinian girl shaking hands with an Israeli soldier.

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Storm brewing over Cleveland

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A museum that wants to scare the crap out of visitors?

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Canada’s Andre Degrasse and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt sharing smiles in the 200 meter semi-final as they crossed the finish line together.

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Very big trees along the Red River in Winnipeg.

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