What We Love This Week, Volume LXXXIII

The Curious Borderland Between Scotland And England

Just yesterday, Scots took to the polls en masse to determine the future of their relationship with the United Kingdom. The result? Scotland is staying loyal to the Union Jack. Approximately 55% of Scots voted not to separate from the United Kingdom, much to the dismay of many pro-independence agitators including celebrities like Sean Connery and Alan Cumming.

Such a move (or lack thereof) has global implications: in a subsequent speech, UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared the question of Scottish independence–or to its supporters, Scotland’s right to determine its own future–“settled for a lifetime”. Other independence seekers, like Catalonia and the Basque Country, had been hoping to use an independent Scotland as grounds to legitimize their fight for secession. For its part, the Kremlin was looking toward an independent Scotland that might justify its own annexation of Crimea. That, however, did not happen. While the majority of Scots voted to stay, a huge chunk of the population did not, and it’s going to take concerted efforts on both sides to soften that splintering. In the meantime, take a look at the physical splinters–if you can see them–between Scotland and England in this chilling Time Lightbox series. Clearly, independence movements are about much more than territory.

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30 Colorful Fall Photos To Get You Excited For The Changing Of Seasons

Fall is upon us. Kids are back in school, and the sunlight is starting to make itself scarce. These 30 colorful fall photos will remind you of all the things you love about autumn. Though summer will end in just a few days, these colorful fall photos prove that there’s no reason to have the summertime blues.

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Colorful Fall Photos at Sunset

Source: Wikimedia

Church in Autumn

Northumberland, England. Source: 4Images

Autumn Tree Grove

Source: MATCL

Colorful Ivy in Fall

Source: Rich Iwasaki

Red Leaves on Aspen Trees

Source: Just My Type

Fall in New Zealand

New Zealand. Source: Sisson Photography

Autumn in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon. Source: National Geographic

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Iceland. Source: Paul Marcellini

Beautiful Fall Photos

Source: MATCL

McDonald Creek Colorful Fall Photos

Montana. Source: Chuck Haney

Falling Autumn Leaves

Source: Prairie Ice

Bear Rocks Colorful Fall Photos

Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. Source: Alex Modey

Colorful Fall Photos Vibrant Leaves

Source: Wallpaper Up

Yellow Leaves in Colorado

Colorado. Source: Colorado Guy

Colorful Fall Photos of Blackwater Canyon

Blackwater Canyon, West Virginia. Source: USAPICS

Kintla Lake in Fall

Glacier National Park, Montana. Source: Chuck Haney

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Source: 3D Pictures

Autumn in London

Source: Breathe

Colorful Fall Photos of Idaho

Boise, Idaho. Source: Wikimedia

Boise in Autumn

Boise, Idaho. Source: Wikimedia

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXXII

Women Boxers Locker Room

Source: Lens Culture

Argentine Photographer Re-invisions The Dynamics Of Femininity Through Female Boxers

Women Boxers Shadow

Source: Lens Culture

When just about any female pop music video is released, it seems that a concerned chorus chimes in (and rightfully so) about the often one dimensional portrayal of women in media, and its pernicious effect on young women and men in the world. And while slicked down skin isn’t going to be plucked from marketing strategies any time soon, there are photographers who provide dynamic depictions of the modern woman that challenge our understandings of what we consider to be “feminine”. Such is the case with Claudia Gaudelli’s “Women Boxers”. In the series, Gaudelli highlights the lives of female Argentine boxers, which are less Nicki Minaj and more gritty, sweaty and over all real. We encourage you to check out the entire series at Lens Culture.

Women Boxers Punching

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How War Changed Abraham Lincoln

First And Last Portrait Abraham Lincoln President

Beginning his term as president three months after South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, it is impossible to know if Abraham Lincoln could foresee the pure carnage that awaited him and the nation. Over 600,000 deaths later, the war’s effects are plainly seen on Lincoln’s face.