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A Tree Grows In…Utah

Arches National Park Utah

Somewhere among the approximately two thousand sandstone arches that compose Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah, sits a tree. While remarkable enough in its own right – the park grounds sit atop a salt bed, which isn’t exactly what you’d consider to be conducuve to flourishing fauna – the tree provides a sharp contrast to its massive surroundings. As a result of the salt, not trees but arches abound in the region, leading approximately 700,000 visitors to the area each year.

Sexy Books: A Brief History Of The Harlequin Romance

Harlequin Romance History Fabio Standing On Hawaiian Beach Rocks

Bare-chested Italian model Fabio stands on the rocks on a Hawaiian beach. Source: Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis

Anyone remember Fabio? You know, the buff, long haired leading man on all those tattered paperbacks your mom hid in her dresser? Even though he’s become synonymous with the genre, the meme-worthy presence of Fabio Lanzoni is a little misleading when it comes to the story of the romance novel. Indeed, the Harlequin romance has a history much more substantive than Fabio’s flaxen locks lead us to believe.

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These Dancers Put Your Daily Routine To Shame

Dancers have been drawn, painted, and photographed for as long as they have been around. But just what do they look like when not moving for an audience?

David Perkins presents an answer. The photographer has been snapping shots of dancers for more than a decade, but somewhere along the line found that his job had become less of an opportunity and more like work. The inevitable expenses and hassles of finding studios, lighting, and hair and makeup artists for a shoot had taken their toll. That’s when Perkins decided to photograph dancers in their natural element.

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Photo Of The Day: Traditional Dress Code For Unmarried Hamar Woman

Hamar Portrait Ethiopia

Image Source: National Geographic

The Hamar people, a tribe inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia, are recognized for their traditional leaping ceremony (bull-jumping) and are considered to be “masters” of body decoration. Men and women take pride in not only scarification, a tribal ritual that involves creating scars which represent courage and loyalty, but dress and accessories.

The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar women includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing. The attire also represents women’s parentage and dowry to potential suitors.

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