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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVI

Sailboat Sand Water Ripples

“Between Land and Sea” by Abrar Mohsin, taken in Dubai. Image Source: National Geographic

Surreally Beautiful: National Geographic’s Best Photos Of The Month

Dolphins Swimming Turquoise Purple

“Poster Dolphins” by Erika Hart, taken off Makua Beach, Hawaii. Image Source: National Geographic

As always, National Geographic photography speaks for itself. Well, except when the photographer’s story of getting the shot is almost as interesting as the shot itself. And the stories behind National Geographic’s best photos of the month are no exception. Like when Elliot Ross braved the 100-degree temperatures of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, then lost his spot of shade to some tourists who beat him to it, only to find that the tourists’ cars and gear made for the perfect photo. Or when Hideki Mizuta found a hill in Lithuania absolutely covered in thousands of crosses, put there as a show of resistance to foreign oppression, then happened to catch a sole little girl running through his frame. For more of the stories–and, of course, the photos–visit National Geographic.

White Sand Car Sky

“White Hot” by Elliot Ross, taken at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Image Source: National Geographic

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Terra Flamma Captures Wildfires Like Never Before

Wildfires are one of Mother Nature’s most devastating forces. They ravage homes and decimate innumerable plant and animal species, leaving behind torched spatters of what once was. Sadly, this summer’s insane weather phenomena have resulted in more wildfires along the West Coast, especially in California, where extreme drought conditions leave the ground hot and dry. Photographer Stuart Palley captures the ferocity and beauty of wildfire in his long-exposure photography series, Terra Flamma. Prepare to be amazed.

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Image Of The Day: A Girl Hula Hoops In Dubai

Hula Hooping In Dubai

Image Source: Reddit

Common courtesy tells us that when in Rome, we are to do what the Romans do. But what happens when the Romans are a minority?

Such is one of the questions that international travelers in the United Arab Emirates – and the UAE government – face today. International tourism has played a consequential role in developing the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city: guests from around the world mean more opportunities for economic growth, an ever-expanding nightlife and unique blends of architecture – as well as a hard balance for UAE government officials to strike regarding cultural norms.

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Helen Keller’s Hands-On Meeting With Dwight Eisenhower

Helen Keller Meets Dwight Eisenhower

Image Source: Associated Press

On November 3, 1953, Helen Keller met President Dwight Eisenhower in what was likely the most unique greeting Eisenhower had ever received. Accompanied by Polly Thomson, Keller greeted the president with her hand — except instead of placing it in his hand, Keller went for the face. According to archival footage, Keller did this so that she might “see” him.

Said Keller after she “saw” Eisenhower: “I felt the courage in thought that carried him through such great years of the world’s history.”

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