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Nebraska: Images of the Cornhusker State (31 photos)

The state of Nebraska has a population of 1.9 million, and ranks 16th in area. It is largely a land of agriculture, with nearly 50,000 farms and ranches producing corn, beef, soybeans, and processed grain products. From the grasslands through the Sandhills, to the Missouri River, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Nebraska and some of the wildlife...

Photos of the Week: Tinside Lido, Log Climber, Dragon Temple (35 photos)

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a hammock on Australian ski slopes, wildfire damage in Oregon, scorched wetlands in Brazil, flooding in Florida from Hurricane Sally, continued protests in Belarus, smoky skies over Seattle, scenes from the Crimean Fashion Week, and much more ...

Scenes From the 2020 Tour de France (34 photos)

The 107th Tour de France cycling race—delayed more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic—began in Nice on August 29, as 22 teams of riders started their journey through central and southern France in 20 stages. The entire tour covers a distance of 3,484 km and will conclude in Paris on September 20. Gathered here are images from the first...

Life in the Wake of COVID-19 (22 photos)

In April, José Collantes contracted the new coronavirus and quarantined himself in a hotel set up by the government in Santiago, Chile, away from his wife and young daughter. The 36-year-old Peruvian migrant showed only mild symptoms, and returned home in May, only to discover his wife, Silvia Cano, had also fallen ill. Silvia’s condition worsened quickly,...

Photos: Oregon Communities Devastated by Wildfires (33 photos)

More than 30 wildfires are currently burning in the state of Oregon, mostly along its Cascade Mountain range in the west. Over the past week, dry weather and strong winds drove the flames into several towns and neighborhoods, leaving some communities utterly destroyed. Thick smoke still hangs in the air across large sections of the state, creating hazardous...

Washington: Images of the Evergreen State (34 photos)

Washington State is home to more than 7.6 million residents, most living on the western side of the Cascade Mountains. I originally published these photos of Washington last year, dedicating them to my mother and father, who loved their home state, and who had passed away the month before. The warm reactions to that photo story were what inspired me...

Photos of the Week: Chief Mouser, Drone Star, Ice Swimmer (35 photos)

Roller-skating in New York City, windstorm damage in Utah, wildfire damage in Oregon, a massive canvas painting in Dubai, protests in Colombia and Chile, beachgoers in Rio de Janeiro, a fire in a Greek refugee camp, prison conditions in El Salvador, arrivals at the Venice Film Festival, an early snowstorm in Colorado, and much more ...

Photos: Wildfires Rage Across the American West (35 photos)

An unprecedented outbreak of wind-driven wildfires has erupted across parts of California, Oregon, and Washington in recent days, generating enormous clouds of thick smoke that have blanketed much of the Pacific Coast, affecting visibility and air quality. California’s wildfires this year have burned more than 2 million acres, setting a new record,...

Louisiana: Images of the Pelican State (34 photos)

Just over 4.6 million people live in the state of Louisiana, a state well known for its music, food, and festivals, many of which take place in its largest city, New Orleans. From the northern uplands to the Mississippi River Delta, here are a few glimpses of the landscape of Louisiana and some of the wildlife and people calling it home. This photo...

Photos of the Week: Salt Cathedral, Metro-Man, Shark Ballet (35 photos)

Hillside grazing in England’s Lake District, the skyline of Shanghai, a full moon over Istanbul, Ukrainian Fashion Week, theater reopenings in Nicaragua, damage from Hurricane Laura, the Venice Film Festival, the MTV Video Music Awards, and much more A woman...

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