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{thumb} Hang Glider -- 2005.12.27
I so envy the people who do this, about as close to being a bird as possible.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown.
{thumb} Lapland -- 2005.12.29
Only a few of some 32,000 Lapps who live scattered across the arctic fringes of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, the rugged area known as Lapland, cling to the lonely life of the reindeer nomad, following their herds along migratory routes linking winter and summer pastures.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.12.26. Photo by George F. Mobley, 1968. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Salt Caravan -- 2006.01.21
A member of a Sahara salt caravan, photographed near Fachi, Niger.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.09.08. Photo by James L. Stanfield, 1991. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Vikings -- 2006.01.11
The old ways live on in parts of the former Viking dominion. On Vestmannaeyjar, Icelanders celebrate at midsummer as did their forefathers -- with fire, song, and plenty to drink.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2004.04.30. Photo by Sisse Brimberg, 1999. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.
{thumb} NASA Sailplane -- 2005.12.31
Model airplanes for adults, but serious ones, a hand-launched motorized model sailplane to validate using thermals to extend flight time.[=] Credits: Photo by Carla Thomas, 2005.08.12. NASA DFRC Photo Collection.
{thumb} Surfer -- 2005.12.31
A surfer rides a wave off the coast of Margaret River, Western Australia, where beaches sport nicknames like Suicides, Boneyards, and Guillotine.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.04.03. Photo by Sam Abell, 1995. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Yacht Racing -- 2006.01.16
Yachts race at Phuket, off Thailand's west coast, which has developed as an international playground.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.07.30. Photo by Jodi Cobb, 1994. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Free Flight -- 2006.02.03
One of the more unusual and exclusive ways to get around.[=] Credits: Photo by Nanuck, 2006.02.03. Copyright Hebus.Com 2006.
{thumb} Fly Fishing -- 2006.01.19
With a stroke of his fly line, a fisherman parts the morning mist on Mink Pond in the Adirondack Mountains.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.10.10. Photo by Sam Abell, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Soccer Stretchers -- 2005.12.31
Members of the Chelsea soccer team stretch during a training session. Soccer in Britain goes back to the eighth century, when soccer was played as a violent game where biting, gouging, and punching were not uncommon.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.04.01. Photo by Jodi Cobb, 1999. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Kennecott Mine -- 2006.01.03
The Kennecott Mine in Bingham Canyon, UT produces copper, molybdenum, gold, and silver. Removing 16 billion tons of rock and low-grade ore has created a pit 2.5 mi (4 km) wide and 0.75 mi (1.2 km) deep. 410 tons of ore yields about 1,600 lbs of copper and one ounce of gold.[=] Credits: EPOD archive, 2005.05.12. Copyright: Dale Chadwick, 2005.
{thumb} Power Lines -- 2006.01.14
Near Pittsfield, MA nine electric cables stretch from all sides of the frame to a transmission tower in the background.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.07.24. Photo by James P. Blair, 1980. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.
{thumb} Hong Kong Harbor -- 2006.01.14
Ships crowd Hong Kong harbor, one of the world's busiest, a bridge between China and the international economy.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.10.20. Photo by Michael S. Yamashita, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.
{thumb} Taoist Festival -- 2006.01.16
Pigs and sheep are among the offerings at a Taoist festival for peace in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.02.19. Photo by Jodi Cobb, 1992. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Buddhas Foot -- 2006.01.20
A 231 ft (70 m) sitting Buddha, the world's largest, overlooks the convergence of three rivers at Leshan, China. The statue was carved out of a cliff in the 8th century.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.03.18. Photo by Jodi Cobb, 1982. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Vatican Altarboys -- 2006.01.16
Altar boys cross St. Peter's Square on Epiphany morning.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.01.06. Photo by James L. Stanfield, 1991. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Shiloh Cannon -- 2006.01.21
A lone cannon stands at the edge of Bloody Pond in Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.01.26. Photo by Bruce Dale, 1993. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Petra Jordan -- 2006.01.19
Lookouts on a ledge, Bedouins watch as a group of tourists admire Al Khazneh (the Treasury), whose function in Nabataean times is still unknown.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.09.28. Photo by Annie Griffiths Belt, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Dervishes -- 2006.01.16
Whirling in ecstacy, dervishes of the Mevlevi Order in Istanbul perform a ritual dance each December to commemorate the death in 1273 of their founder, Celaleddin Rumi. Pivoting on one foot, right hand facing heaven, left hand facing earth, the dancers symbolize spinning planets revolving around God.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.01.03. Photo by James L. Stanfield, 1986. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Chad Pictographs -- 2006.01.20
Rock art depictions of cattle, camels, and people in the Sahara region of Chad offer evidence that humans and animals once occupied this area, which from the 5th to the 2nd millennium BC was an open savanna.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2006.01.20. Photo by George Steinmetz, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2006.
{thumb} Blood Encampment -- 2006.01.19
Twilight of a tradition: Sunset lingers on an annual encampment of Blood Indians, relatives of the Blackfeet.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.10.13. Photo by Sam Abell, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Machu Pichu 2 -- 2006.01.23
From their sacred city of Machu Picchu the Inca may have explored the nearby Vilcabamba. They and others have altered this landscape for centuries without destroying the larger balance of nature.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.07.31. Photo by Frans Lanting, 1999. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Mastamho -- 2006.01.23
In pre-Columbian times, Native Americans etched the Mojave Desert with images of their creator, Mastamho, and his spirit helper, a mountain lion. Tire tracks from recreational vehicles add the scrawls of modernity.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.08.09. Photo by George Steinmetz, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
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