A Slice Of South African Heaven

Gods Window South Africa

They call it God’s Window for a reason: tucked along the Panorama Route in the eastern Mpumalanga province, God’s Window provides sublime views of the Lowveld, Kruger National Park and the Lebombo Mountains.

The Four Horsemen Make An Appearance During The Apocalyptic 1973 Oil Crisis

Oil Crisis In Amsterdam 1973

The 1973 oil crisis brought with it many apocalyptic fears in the West, perhaps no better illustrated than by these “four horsemen” striding through the streets of Amsterdam. While fashionably festooned, these riders weren’t necessarily trying to make a statement. Due to the oil shortage and soaring prices (OAPEC’s oil embargo quadrupled the price of oil barrels), they were complying with some sort of driving ban.

This Is What Fandom Looked Like In The 80s

Standing In Line For Star Wars

Fan boys and girls line up before the first Boston performance of “Return of the Jedi” in 1983. This installment of the franchise would rack in $475 million globally, which just goes to show that if you want to make a lot of money it’s best to add a light saber.

What We Love This Week, Volume CXIII

Smithsonian Myanmar

Young Buddhists play around the Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar Source: Smithsonian Magazine

Take A Peek At This Year’s Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Peru

Fireworks during Holy Week in Tarma, Peru Source: Smithsonian Magazine

A couple weeks ago we brought you our favorite images from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. This week, we’re doing something similar except with photos from the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. Judges have sifted through 26,500 entries from 93 countries and come up with a handful of finalists. Smithsonian announces winners on March 31st. In the meantime, find your favorite here.

Smithsonian Mobula Rays

Mobula rays in Baja Sur, Mexico Source: Smithsonian Magazine

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