Based on Dr. Seuss’s final book before his death, this is a story about life’s ups and downs, told by the people of Burning Man 2011.
The sun sets behind a sailboat off the coast of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the last day of 2011.
Shikhei Goh’s photograph titled ‘Splashing’ of a dragonfly bracing itself against the rain won the grand prize in the 2011 National Geographic Photography Contest. Over 20,000 entries were submitted from over 130 countries but Shikhei’s image bested all comers. Said Shikei, “This photo was taken when I was taking photos of other insects, as I normally did during macro photo hunting. I wasn’t actually aware of this dragonfly since I was occupied with other objects. When I was about to take a picture of it, it suddenly rained, but the lighting was just superb. I decided to take the shot regardless of the rain. The result caused me to be overjoyed, and I hope it pleases viewers.”
Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office.
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Demonstrators kiss as they camp out at Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, four days after Spanish regional and local elections, early May 26, 2011. REUTERS/Susana Vera