Spirit of Imperial Beach
Spirit of Imperial Beach

The sun sets behind "The Spirit of Imperial Beach," a statue in this southern California beach city just north of the border with Mexico.

El Techumbre
El Techumbre

Men walk past "El Techumbre" at Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava, a shelter and soup kitchen in Tijuana. The large improvised tent, built recently to add space for beds as Tijuana sees more migrants and refugees from West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, is called that because it resembles the shape of a steeply peaked roof.

San Miguel Shadows
San Miguel Shadows

Watching the Bicentenario parade in the cradle of Mexican independence, San Miguel de Allende.

Prop 8 Overturned
Prop 8 Overturned

A couple hugs on the other side of a Pride flag as members of San Diego's LGBT community celebrate two decisions by the US Supreme Court, with the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and a decision that sweeps away California's Proposition 8, a law that banned same-sex marriages in the state.

Marriage Equality Protest
Marriage Equality Protest

Same-sex marriage proponents tried to get married at the San Diego County Clerk's office, but were refused due to the stay on the court ruling that held such marriages should be allowed. Some protesters peacefully blocked access to the clerk's office and were arrested.

World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day

Candlelight vigil marks World AIDS Day in San Diego.

Beachballing
Beachballing

A vendor lights a cigarette in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Hottest Summer Ends
Hottest Summer Ends

The hottest summer on record comes to an end with the sunset reflecting golden light off high rises in downtown San Diego on the evening before the autumnal equinox.

Anna's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird

An Anna's hummingbird at dusk.

Near Miss
Near Miss

Two surfers nearly collide while riding the same wave off Ocean Beach in San Diego.

Last Ride Of The Year
Last Ride Of The Year

A surfer leaves the water as the sun sets on New Year's Eve.

Fresh Fish
Fresh Fish

An Alaska brown bear, a subspecies of the grizzly that tend to grow larger due to their diets, snags a salmon from a waterfall on the Katmai River on the Alaska Peninsula.

Final Touches
Final Touches

Workers put the final touches on 'Forever Marilyn," a 26-foot-tall statue of screen icon Marilyn Monroe going up in downtown Palm Springs. The statue, by artist Seward Johnson, is based on a famous scene in 'Seven Year Itch' when Marilyn's skirt is blown up as she stands on a subway grate.

 Dancer waits to perform, San Miguel de Allende.

Dancer waits to perform, San Miguel de Allende.

Kyoto Geisha
Kyoto Geisha

A geisha walks through the narrow streets of Kyoto's historic Gion district.

Spirit of Imperial Beach
El Techumbre
San Miguel Shadows
Prop 8 Overturned
Marriage Equality Protest
World AIDS Day
Beachballing
Hottest Summer Ends
Anna's Hummingbird
Near Miss
Last Ride Of The Year
Fresh Fish
Final Touches
 Dancer waits to perform, San Miguel de Allende.
Kyoto Geisha
Spirit of Imperial Beach

The sun sets behind "The Spirit of Imperial Beach," a statue in this southern California beach city just north of the border with Mexico.

El Techumbre

Men walk past "El Techumbre" at Desayunador Salesiano Padre Chava, a shelter and soup kitchen in Tijuana. The large improvised tent, built recently to add space for beds as Tijuana sees more migrants and refugees from West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, is called that because it resembles the shape of a steeply peaked roof.

San Miguel Shadows

Watching the Bicentenario parade in the cradle of Mexican independence, San Miguel de Allende.

Prop 8 Overturned

A couple hugs on the other side of a Pride flag as members of San Diego's LGBT community celebrate two decisions by the US Supreme Court, with the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and a decision that sweeps away California's Proposition 8, a law that banned same-sex marriages in the state.

Marriage Equality Protest

Same-sex marriage proponents tried to get married at the San Diego County Clerk's office, but were refused due to the stay on the court ruling that held such marriages should be allowed. Some protesters peacefully blocked access to the clerk's office and were arrested.

World AIDS Day

Candlelight vigil marks World AIDS Day in San Diego.

Beachballing

A vendor lights a cigarette in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Hottest Summer Ends

The hottest summer on record comes to an end with the sunset reflecting golden light off high rises in downtown San Diego on the evening before the autumnal equinox.

Anna's Hummingbird

An Anna's hummingbird at dusk.

Near Miss

Two surfers nearly collide while riding the same wave off Ocean Beach in San Diego.

Last Ride Of The Year

A surfer leaves the water as the sun sets on New Year's Eve.

Fresh Fish

An Alaska brown bear, a subspecies of the grizzly that tend to grow larger due to their diets, snags a salmon from a waterfall on the Katmai River on the Alaska Peninsula.

Final Touches

Workers put the final touches on 'Forever Marilyn," a 26-foot-tall statue of screen icon Marilyn Monroe going up in downtown Palm Springs. The statue, by artist Seward Johnson, is based on a famous scene in 'Seven Year Itch' when Marilyn's skirt is blown up as she stands on a subway grate.

Dancer waits to perform, San Miguel de Allende.

Kyoto Geisha

A geisha walks through the narrow streets of Kyoto's historic Gion district.

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