2012 --Year in Pictures--Best Images--Credit: Boston.com

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Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)


An image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures a ultra-high definition image of the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun at on June 5 from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA) #


Revelers on the Mall in London watch Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony on June 5 as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the British throne. (Sang Tan/Associated Press) #


Egyptians celebrate the election of their new president Mohamad Morsi in Tahrir Square on June 24 in Cairo, Egypt. Official election results today confirmed that Mohamed Morsi is to be the next president of Egypt. Morsi received over 13 million or 51.7% of the votes, while his main rival, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, received 48.27 percent. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #


A double rainbow appears after heavy storms pass over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada, on July 13. (Gene Blevins/Reuters) #


Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix on May 20. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via Associated Press) #


The old tower is seen collapsed after an earthquake in Finale Emilia on May 20. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least three people and causing serious damage to the area's cultural heritage. The epicentre of the 6.0 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po River Valley. (Giorgio Benvenuti/Reuters) #


The Thunderbirds perform a fly past as graduates celebrate at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 23. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) #


Commuters disembark from crowded suburban trains during the morning rush hour at Churchgate railway station on World Population Day in Mumbai on July 11. According to a 2011 census conducted by the government of India, Mumbai has a population of more than 12 million with an estimated population density of about 20,482 persons per square kilometer. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters) #


Runners pass the Olympic flame on the first day of competition in the Olympic Stadium, on Aug. 3. (Daniel Ochoa De Olza/Associated Press) #


The pack of riders cycles past a woman on a horse during the 13th stage of the 99th Tour de France cycling race between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde, on July 14. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters) #


A lone Russian World War II veteran with flowers sits in a trolleybus in Moscow, Russia, on May 9 after a traditional meeting in Gorky Park for the Victory Day celebrations marking the 67-year anniversary of victory over nazi Germany. (Maxim Shipenkov/European Pressphoto Agency) #


Jake Beaudoin, a US Army Private of 508 BSTB, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, takes cover during a controlled detonation to clear an area for setting up a check point in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, on May 31. (Shamil Zhumatov /Reuters) #


Space Shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on June 3 in New York City. Enterprise is on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will put on permanent display. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images) #


A Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a beached vessel in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi on July 10. Geddani's ship-breaking yards employ some 10,000 workers including welders, cleaners, crane operators and worker supervisors. The yards are one of the largest ship-breaking operations in the world rivaling in size those located in India and Bangladesh. It takes 50 workers about three months to break down a midsize average transport sea vessel of about 40,000 tons. The multimillion-dollar ship-breaking industry contributes significantly to the national supply of steel to Pakistani industries. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) #


An area lies scorched by a wildfire near Mt. Pleasant, Utah on June 25. (Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via Associated Press) #


Fireworks light up the skyline and Big Ben just after midnight, January 1, 2012 in London, England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


A man rides a horse through a bonfire, Jan. 16, 2012 in the small village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. In honor of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, horses are riden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)#


Two people stand in front of the Colosseum during a snowfall in Rome, Italy, Feb. 10, 2012. Schools and public offices were closed and snow-removal crews were in place as Rome was on high alert for a second winter blast. (Massimo Percossi/EPA)#


A picture combo shows a sightseeing boat on the roof of a guesthouse in Otsuchi, northern Japan, May 7, 2011, and a view of the same guesthouse, Feb. 15 2012. March 11, 2012 marked the first anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Kimimasa Mayama/EPA)#


A physically disabled woman clashes with riot police in the centre of La Paz, Feb. 23, 2012. Hundreds of physically disabled people arrived in La Paz after completing a protest march of some 1600 km (994 miles) over a hundred days to demand that Bolivia's government offer support in the form of 3000 bolivianos ($434) payment to each physically disabled Bolivian. (David Mercado/Reuters)#


A man confronts hooded protesters who were vandalizing a bank facility during a protest against spending cuts in public education in Barcelona, Feb. 29, 2012. (Albert Gea/Retuers)#


Steve McDonald stands in the debris from the home of his mother-in-law, Mary Osman, who was killed after a tornado touched down, Feb. 29, 2012 in Harrisburg, Illinois. At least nine people died in tornadoes across the Midwest. (Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)#


Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, some 25 km (15 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant March 10, 2012, a day before the disaster's one-year anniversary. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, last year, unleashed a tsunami that killed about 16,000 and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. About 326,000 people are still homeless and nearly 3,300 remain unaccounted for. (Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)#


An Afghan police helicopter flies over Hazrat Ali (Kart-i-Sakhi) shrine where Afghans celebrate the Afghan New Year (Nawroz) in Kabul, March 20, 2012. Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar which runs from the vernal equinox. The calendar takes as its start date the time when the Prophet Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 621 AD. The current Persian year is 1391. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)#


Faithful pray in an evangelical church "The light of world" before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Leon, March 22, 2012. The Pope will arrive on March 23 for a three-day visit to the Mexican state of Guanajuato. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)#


Afghan security forces escort Taliban militants clad in Afghan women dresses at the Afghan intelligence department in Mehterlam, Laghman province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 28, 2012. Afghan Intelligence forces arrested seven Taliban militants in Qarghayi district of Laghman province. (Rahmat Gul/Associated Press#


A Yemeni man learns to walk with a prosthetic limb at a prosthetics center in Sana'a, Yemen, April 3, 2012. According to official statistics, landmines and explosive remnants of war remain a significant problem in Yemen due to the fact that it does not have accurate mapping of the landmine-affected areas. In 2009 only 37,111 landmines and explosives were discovered. (Yahya Arhab/EPA)#


A tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, south of Dallas. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (Parrish Velasco/The Dallas Morning News)#


A soldier stands guard in front of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket sitting on a launch pad at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site, during a guided media tour by North Korean authorities in the northwest of Pyongyang, April 8, 2012. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)#


Smoke plumes are seen above the Popocatepetl volcano, viewed from the Dolores chappel in San Andres Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, April 18, 2012. (Francisco Guasco/EPA)#


Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 165 km (100 miles) northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, April 13, 2012. (Mian Khursheed/Reuters)#


A soldier from 16 Air Assault Brigade take part in Exercise Joint Warrior at West Freugh Airfield, April 16, 2012 in Starnraer, Scotland. The exercise will involve more than 1600 troops, and be supported by Apache, Chinook, and Royal Navy Sea King Helicopters from the Joint Helicopter Force. RAF Fast Jets and support aircraft, as well as several US and French aircraft will also support the exercise. This year the ABTF will be joined by a number of French personnel from 11 Parachute Brigade. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)#


Indian herders and their camels gather at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, India on November 22, 2012. The annual camel and livestock fair attracts thousands of livestock dealers who bring thousands of camels, horses, and cattle. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press) #



A farmer walks through a paddy field to his home in the village of Khokana, Nepal on September 4, 2012. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/GettyImages) #


People are attracted by a luminous carnival ride in the evening of day one of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #


A man walks under the wreckage of a fair ride after a tornado ripped through Gandia, Spain on September 29, 2012. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images) #


A person passes by an equestrian statue of King Johannes created by Johannes Schilling in Theaterplatz Square on a foggy morning in Dresen, Germany on November 23, 2012. (Arno Burgi/EPA) #

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23. VirginIslandsVisitor
2:16 PM GMT on March 07, 2013
The picture of the overloaded straw truck reminded me of something I saw in Egypt years ago while serving with the U.N.

While driving in the area of Cairo, we came upon a traffic jam and were stuck at the bottom of a hill. Waiting for the traffic to move, I looked up at the crest of the hill only to see the ears, then the head and finally the body of this poor donkey, and then this incredibly overloaded cart of sticks, logs and bricks that it was pulling. Well, that poor animal got to the crest of the hill and started downhill. Yep, the "brakes" failed and that donkey just sat down, legs splayed and gave up.

It was as if a cartoon was happening in front of us. I knew it was so wrong to laugh at the predicament that poor animal was in but couldn't help it.

On a side note, he did get down to the bottom safely! (And I never went anywhere without my camera after that!)

Lindy
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3:58 PM GMT on January 13, 2013
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20. pcola57
10:40 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting MontanaZephyr:


Great! The captions help a lot!

Assuming that you want to keep upgrading your blog product, here a couple-three other thoughts ... just thoughts, take'm or leave'm.

Now we have a collection of pictures, interesting and with some explanation, but it is not clear that they have anything on common aside from the year that they were produced. It would be satisfying for a blog consumer to have some sort of ongoing narrative to tie all the elements of the blog together; none suggests itself to me... some pictures are about weather, some are about human emotion, some are about conflict, some are ... well, you get the idea.

Separately, the picture kinds are radically different: The one suggesting human traffic flow by a train stop would be more effectively contexted with other examples of fluid dynamics, say. The pair of pictures in which a boat sits on top of a building and then not demands an explanation: How was the boat removed..? The blog consumer feels a bit let down that he doesn't find the answer. (Also, a book-keeping detail there ... the text should refer to the pix in the order in which the occur, unless explicitly otherwise indicated).

Pics like the attempted de-tilting of the truckload of straw are sort of like the V7 chord in western music: they insist on a resolution of some sort ... and here is the suggestion that the flow of images as they are consumed is somewhat melodic. But I'm getting yakky now ;-D

I'm not saying that you should make all these changes to this blog. It is done. But in future blogs, you might keep some ideas in the back of your mind ... wholeness, narrative, all the items contained (textual, visual, whatever) should blend and match like a set of furniture, or if not, with some particular plan in mind.

Thanks again for those interesting pix


Thanks again for your input MontanaZephyr..
Some interesting suggestions..
Will kick some of them around in future postings and may use them..
Appreciate it for sure..
Thanks again.. :)
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19. MontanaZephyr
10:35 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting pcola57:


Thanks for dropping in MontanaZephyr..
I thought they were pretty good myself..
As far as the captions are concerned
I should have posted them as well..
Thats why I wanted input from my WU friends..
Helps me be a better blogger..
I will go and put in the captions..
I dunno why i didn't in the first place..duhhh..
Thanks again for the compliment..:)


Great! The captions help a lot!

Assuming that you want to keep upgrading your blog product, here a couple-three other thoughts ... just thoughts, take'm or leave'm.

Now we have a collection of pictures, interesting and with some explanation, but it is not clear that they have anything on common aside from the year that they were produced. It would be satisfying for a blog consumer to have some sort of ongoing narrative to tie all the elements of the blog together; none suggests itself to me... some pictures are about weather, some are about human emotion, some are about conflict, some are ... well, you get the idea.

Separately, the picture kinds are radically different: The one suggesting human traffic flow by a train stop would be more effectively contexted with other examples of fluid dynamics, say. The pair of pictures in which a boat sits on top of a building and then not demands an explanation: How was the boat removed..? The blog consumer feels a bit let down that he doesn't find the answer. (Also, a book-keeping detail there ... the text should refer to the pix in the order in which the occur, unless explicitly otherwise indicated).

Pics like the attempted de-tilting of the truckload of straw are sort of like the V7 chord in western music: they insist on a resolution of some sort ... and here is the suggestion that the flow of images as they are consumed is somewhat melodic. But I'm getting yakky now ;-D

I'm not saying that you should make all these changes to this blog. It is done. But in future blogs, you might keep some ideas in the back of your mind ... wholeness, narrative, all the items contained (textual, visual, whatever) should blend and match like a set of furniture, or if not, with some particular plan in mind.

Thanks again for those interesting pix !
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18. pcola57
6:51 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting PedleyCA:
I'm Back... Much better with the captions added back in for those first group of images. Some were obvious w/o captions, some not so much. Better with them. I liked the picture of the bucking overloaded truck and the people trying to pull it back down. Good luck with that. Thanks again....


Quoting txjac:
Wow, awesome pictures. Thanks so much for sharing


Glad you came back to see the images with the captions..
Thanks to MountainZephyr's suggestion..
It made sense after thinking about it as when I first decided to post the images I read the captions to kinda make sure it would be ok to use them..
And now it makes more sense..as before it may have had some visual impact without the captions but it makes more sense as it gives everyone an idea of the world geography of them as well as a feeling for the time they were taken..
Yeah that truck up-turn was a must post.. :))
Thanks again for the compliment and stopping in and adding your input as well.. :)

Thanks txjac..
Glad you liked them..
Your welcome anytime.. :)
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17. txjac
6:22 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Wow, awesome pictures. Thanks so much for sharing
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16. PedleyCA
5:59 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
I'm Back... Much better with the captions added back in for those first group of images. Some were obvious w/o captions, some not so much. Better with them. I liked the picture of the bucking overloaded truck and the people trying to pull it back down. Good luck with that. Thanks again....
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15. pcola57
5:37 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting VR46L:


Thank you for sharing the link , Appreciate it


Your welcome VR46L.
Stop in anytime..
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14. VR46L
4:24 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting pcola57:


Thank you for the compliment VR46L..
Be sure to check out Boston.com
for more Images..
I think it's a great site for pics on the humanities,weather,astronomy ect..
Thanks again..:)


Thank you for sharing the link , Appreciate it
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13. pcola57
4:21 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting MontanaZephyr:
Rich, interesting images! I am not seeing any captions though.... is my browser flooey? A sentence or two with the who what where when why and hows adds a lot!

Thanks!


Thanks for dropping in MontanaZephyr..
I thought they were pretty good myself..
As far as the captions are concerned
I should have posted them as well..
Thats why I wanted input from my WU friends..
Helps me be a better blogger..
I will go and put in the captions..
I dunno why i didn't in the first place..duhhh..
Thanks again for the compliment..:)
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12. pcola57
4:17 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting barbamz:
Pcola, those are very impressive and professional photos. But please be careful and have a look at http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/about.html.


Thanks barbamz..
I took for granted that sharing them from Boston.com and then giving them the credit would suffice of any confliction from them..
To me it's a grey area..
Being able to cut and paste seemed like public domain to me..
I read the rules and I still think it's ok..
I could be wrong but I don't think so..
Thanks again for the compliment..:)
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11. MontanaZephyr
3:40 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Rich, interesting images! I am not seeing any captions though.... is my browser flooey? A sentence or two with the who what where when why and hows adds a lot!

Thanks!
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10. barbamz
3:38 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Pcola, those are very impressive and professional photos. But please be careful and have a look at http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/about.html.
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9. pcola57
3:29 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting VR46L:
P'Cola Those photos quite sum up last year . Its a great blog .Thanks!!!


Thank you for the compliment VR46L..
Be sure to check out Boston.com
for more Images..
I think it's a great site for pics on the humanities,weather,astronomy ect..
Thanks again..:)
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8. pcola57
3:25 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Wow !!
That is a beautiful shot BriarCraft ..
Makes me want to go there and see it in person..
I know you live in Washington state and I bet you have many amazing shots like that one as it is such a great part of the country for nature..
Thanks soo much for sharing and thanks for the compliment.. :)
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7. VR46L
3:19 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
P'Cola Those photos quite sum up last year . Its a great blog .Thanks!!!
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6. BriarCraft
12:27 AM GMT on January 07, 2013
My poor, slow rural DSL connection refuses to load all of the pictures you posted here, but it's better than the black squares I was able to see at Boston.com. From what I can see, they are very striking. Thought-provoking. Emotionally charged.

In the spirit of what you're doing here, I thought I'd offer my personal favorite of the photos I snapped this year. No comparison to these professional shots, but you might enjoy it anyway.

Mt. St. Helens and lahar field
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5. pcola57
10:41 PM GMT on January 06, 2013
Thanks for the compliment beel..
Glad you enjoyed it..
They have some of the best photographers on staff there at Boston.com..
I'm sure others will agree.. :)
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4. beell
10:32 PM GMT on January 06, 2013
All in all, pcola, a story in pictures of a planet that is still very much alive.

Excellent selection. Thanks.
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3. pcola57
10:27 PM GMT on January 06, 2013
Here's the rest of the images I thought were good..
Hope all enjoy..

Don't forget these Images are from Boston.com..

Be sure to visit them and see more Images..
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2. pcola57
4:44 PM GMT on January 06, 2013
Your welcome Pedley..
I've more images to post here..
Will do it later on today after I take down the Xmas lights..
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1. PedleyCA
4:30 PM GMT on January 06, 2013
Nice.... Thanks
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