Japan’s rainy season, or tsuyu (梅雨), can be downright oppressive. Muggy and humid weather coupled with heavy rain make it a complete sweat-fest, and for those new to that kind of weather, the idea of going outside and traveling around the country seems totally unpleasant. Continue reading »
Japanese Artists Continue The Tradition Of Rice Harvest Season By Creating Gigantic Straw Sculptures
Autumn is a rice harvest season in Japan. Every year, farmers make sure that the leftover rice straw, known as “wara”, does not go to waste. From feeding the cattle to improving the soil, the straw finds its purpose. In particular, Niigata province has a very creative way of using these leftover rice husks by hosting an annual event called “Wara Art Festival”. Continue reading »
Some time may have passed since their first season adventures with the Upside Down; but from what we can tell from new character posters released by Netflix ahead of the Season 2 premiere of “Stranger Things”, our heroes haven’t forgotten what they’ve seen… and what they’ve lost. They appear ready for things to get really strange this season…but will it be enough this time? Especially when the scope of threat has grown… Continue reading »
Participants in the Grelka Fest at the Sheregesh resort in Tashtagolsky District of Kemerovo Oblast, Russia on April 22, 2017. Russian girls marked the end of the ski season with a record-breaking bikini ski festival at Siberia’s top winter resort, Sheregesh. Some 1,498 skiers and snowboarders undressed to impress in the annual event as they took to the pistes under blues skies and sunshine in a bracing temperature of just 5°C (41°F). More people took part last year, some 1,800, but it was not an official record attempt, unlike this year’s undress to impress spectacle. Continue reading »
Even the best sumo wrestlers can’t spend all his time in the dohyō (the sumo ring). Sometimes they’ve just got to go out and (bend the tree branches down with their super strength so they can) smell the flowers. Continue reading »
Toronto photographer Mary Beth Koeth was curious about what Santa got up to during the rest of the year. After Christmas is over and the jolly fat man has performed all his expected duties, the guy has a whole year to do other things!
Santa Joe is a large and lovely Irish Catholic from the Bronx and also the New York City Bloomingdales Santa. Several years back, Santa Joe and his wife bought a condo in Oriole Gardens Retirement Community in Margate, FL. Eighty of the units in the community are filled with his family/friends from back in the Bronx. He said, “We all grew up with each other and want to grow old together.” (Photo and caption by Mary Beth Koeth) Continue reading »
Apparently, if you really want to build a church, a hundred-square-meter island is enough. Designed by Andrey Rotinov (and thus named after his namesake apostle Andrey Pervozvanniy), this beautiful house of god was completed and consecrated in 2000. Continue reading »
A Grey Seal pup and it’s mother lay in the mud at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Donna Nook nature reserve on November 24, 2014 in Grimsby, England. Seal pup numbers have increased on last year with over 800 pups born at the reserve so far. Large bull seals are the first to arrive at the reserve in late October or early November where they will wait for females. The Cow’s arrive later and are herded into harems by the bulls, where they give birth to a single pup which is covered in white fur. The seals return to the North Sea in January before returning to the same area to give birth the following year. The Donna Nook reserve is the UK’s premier destination to see Grey Seals and thousands of visitors from across the country come to see the wildlife spectacle every year. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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A general view of atmosphere at the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead” at AMC Universal Citywalk on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
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During each season, this couple took a photo together in front of their house. The series of photos tell a love story, but the last one will probably move you the most. Continue reading »
Hounds of The Cheshire Forest Hunt push their snouts through the bars of their kennels as they eagerly await their morning walk in preparation for the start of the new hunting season, in Knutsford, England, on Oktober 31, 2013. The hunting season traditionally starts around November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005, many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A self initiated poster for AMC networks The Walking Dead. Made by Radio.
Freezing temperatures damaged crops in western Palm Beach County, manatees took refugee in warm waters, and shelters housed the homeless as the season’s first cold spell passed through the state on Wednesday.
Icicles cling to a fence outside a strawberry field just after sunrise in Thonotosassa, Florida. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press) Continue reading »
A fly fisherman tries his luck in the Naches River against a backdrop of autumn color near Cliffdell, Wash. Oct. 24, 2011. (Yakima Herald-Republic / Gordon King) Continue reading »