This week the New York Public Library began offering high-resolution downloads of the more than 187,000 items from its Digital Collections that are in the public domain. They include thousands of stereographs donated by collector Robert N. Dennis, including a few hundred taken in Maryland, a sampling of which can be seen in the slideshow below.
Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day or Theophany, is a Christian celebration of the biblical manifestation of Christ to the world.
Festivities vary widely and often centers around blessings, baptismal rites, gift-giving, nativity scenes and parades.
El Nino storms lined up in the Pacific, promising to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks and increasing fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires. At least two more storms are expected to follow on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing as much as 3 inches of rain.
The Consumer Technology Association’s International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, is the world’s largest annual technology trade show. Ahead of the Jan. 6-9 event in Las Vegas, media got a preview of some of the products and services to be exhibited, including cameras, wearables, drones, robots, and health and safety systems.
Geoff Lawrence came about his love for photography later in life, and “with earnest.” As a former 2D artist, photography — and his elaborate post-production process — helps him to create images the way he never could with paint. A recovering addict, Lawrence says photography keeps him positive and engaged.
The La Vijanera masquerade, of pre-Roman origin, took place in the small village of Silio, northern Spain, on Sunday. It is the first carnival of the year in Europe symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and involving the participation of crowds of residents wearing different masks, animal skins and brightly colored clothing. The festival has its own complex function and symbolism in becoming the living example of the survival of archaic cults to nature.
The Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., is a trim jumble of cheering crowds, marching bands, waving arms, colorful floats and flowers — lots and lots of flowers — all under a California blue sky. Each of the floats have to be covered by natural or organic material, which includes flowers, seeds and leaves. The annual ritual, which precedes the “grandaddy” of college football, the Rose Bowl, can trace its beginning to 1890 as part of an effort to promote the “Mediterranean of the West.”