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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Those living in cities suffer worse from car pollution: Photos embody rural life

 

 

 

 

 

The rolling Montana landscape creates a tranquil backdrop to this series of images exploring rural life in Paradise Valley, a small rural community just north of Yellowstone National Park. It portray the 'salt of the earth' people who live there alongside the ranch animals and  spectacular Big Sky scenery.

A rancher takes a drag on a cigarette with the rolling Montana landscape behind him

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A rancher takes a drag on a cigarette with the rolling Montana landscape behind him

The sun streams across a corral as a wrangler leads his horse towards a barn

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The sun streams across a corral as a wrangler leads his horse towards a barn

A rusting Montana license plate, that shows the outline of the state, is nailed to a wall

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A rusting Montana license plate, that shows the outline of the state, is nailed to a wall

The Chicago-based photographer used just one camera and three lenses for the shoot, and worked from dawn to dusk for a week to get the shots he wanted.

'I was reminded of what a great thing it is to do something you are passionate about. The ranchers I photographed are all so passionate about the life they live. It’s very nice to be around passionate people,' he told Wonderful Machine. Lindsey added: 'It was a true pleasure meeting all these amazing people that let me into their lives for a few minutes to a few hours.'

The photographer has had a fascination with the rural life since childhood, and said he feels grounded by that upbringing.

He said: 'As a photographer and director, I use this experience to tell honest, inviting stories. I create the backdrop for the story and then I provide the simple direction that lets that story unfold, capturing real moments and emotions that pull viewers into the shot.'

Rows of stirrups hang against the wooden side of a Montana barn

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Rows of stirrups hang against the wooden side of a Montana barn

Horses gallop towards Jason Lindsey's camera as the photographer captures the wild beauty of Montana

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Horses gallop towards Jason Lindsey's camera as the photographer captures the wild beauty of Montana

The piercing blue eyes of a cowboy stand out in this portrait taken by Lindsey

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The piercing blue eyes of a cowboy stand out in this portrait taken by Lindsey

Lindsey was captivated by the people living in Montana's Paradise Valley

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Lindsey was captivated by the people living in Montana's Paradise Valley

Lindsey says his affection for 'salt of the earth' people comes from growing up in a small farm town

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Lindsey says his affection for 'salt of the earth' people comes from growing up in a small farm town

A Montana rancher, pitchfork in hand, takes a break from his work

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A Montana rancher, pitchfork in hand, takes a break from his work

Two wranglers gallop across a ridge under Montana's famed big sky

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Two wranglers gallop across a ridge under Montana's famed big sky

A working dog looks poised and alert as it watches the world pass by on the farm

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A working dog looks poised and alert as it watches the world pass by on the farm

Lindsey's portraits capture rural life in Paradise Valley

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Lindsey's portraits capture rural life in Paradise Valley

A rancher drinks from a shot glass as he takes a rest from a long day on the farm

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A rancher drinks from a shot glass as he takes a rest from a long day on the farm

A resident of Paradise Valley smiles broadly as Lindsey takes his photograph

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A resident of Paradise Valley smiles broadly as Lindsey takes his photograph

A cowboy saddles up his horse in the low light of the Montana sky

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A cowboy saddles up his horse in the low light of the Montana sky

The sun warms the back of a row of horses as they stand in a corral

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The sun warms the back of a row of horses as they stand in a corral

The warm glow of lights shine in a cabin as snow settles on a tree-covered mountain

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The warm glow of lights shine in a cabin as snow settles on a tree-covered mountain

An animal skull and horse shoes hang on the outside of a farm building in Paradise Valley

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An animal skull and horse shoes hang on the outside of a farm building in Paradise Valley

The tools of a cowboy's trade hang from horse-shoe shaped hooks on a rustic wall

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The tools of a cowboy's trade hang from horse-shoe shaped hooks on a rustic wall

Lindsey's photos capture the beauty and soft light of Montana's rural regions

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Lindsey's photos capture the beauty and soft light of Montana's rural regions

License plates from Montana, Colorado and Arizona adorn a wall

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License plates from Montana, Colorado and Arizona adorn a wall

A horse grazes in a meadow as a blizzard whips around it

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A horse grazes in a meadow as a blizzard whips around it

A rancher with a snow-white mustache smiles while leaning against a wall

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A rancher with a snow-white mustache smiles while leaning against a wall

A holly wreath hangs on the door of a barn sat next to a winding mountain road

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A holly wreath hangs on the door of a barn sat next to a winding mountain road

Two women sit on their horses as the long grass of Montana's plains waves in the breeze

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Two women sit on their horses as the long grass of Montana's plains waves in the breeze

Lindsey has produced a series of compelling portraits of those living in Montana's valleys

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Lindsey has produced a series of compelling portraits of those living in Montana's valleys

Lindsey photography

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A horse gazes peacefully into the distance from its Montana meadow

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A horse gazes peacefully into the distance from its Montana meadow

Ranch hands hold their horses on a rain-soaked driveway 

Ranch hands hold their horses on a rain-soaked driveway

Antlers fixed to the outside of a building are dusted with snow as a flurry falls on Paradise Valley

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Antlers fixed to the outside of a building are dusted with snow as a flurry falls on Paradise Valley

A father from Poland has used his passion for photography to capture striking and heart-warming photos of his family. 

Sebastian Luczywo's photos embody his rural life; the photos depict innocent scenes of children playing with their charming family pets.

He is not a professional photographer, but Sebastian clearly has an ability to capture powerful still life images.

Family album: An amateur photographer and father captures his family in their rural life. This snap called 'The good and bad' shows Sebastian Luczywo's sons Jack and Christopher enjoying a wintery afternoon

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Family album: An amateur photographer and father captures his family in their rural life. This snap called 'The good and bad' shows Sebastian Luczywo's sons Jack and Christopher enjoying a wintery afternoon

Speaking about his hobby, he said: 'Photography is my passion, though I do not make money taking pictures at the moment, I do not know if I will in the future. I have been a business advisor for 15 years but I am looking for a new direction in life, I have always hoped to be a photographer.' Sebastian mainly photographs his family, including his two sons, 8-year-old Jacek and 11-year-old Krzysztof, Kaya his 15-year-old daughter and his wife Agnieszka.

Child's best friend: The father from Poland has used his passion for photography to capture striking and heart-warming photos of his family and their furry friends

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Child's best friend: The father from Poland has used his passion for photography to capture striking and heart-warming photos of his family and their furry friends

Enjoying a dip: Sebastian Luczywo's photos embody his rural life and one of his favourite subjects is his wife Agnieszka, pictured enjoying a cigarette in a makeshift bath tub in the garden

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Enjoying a dip: Sebastian Luczywo's photos embody his rural life and one of his favourite subjects is his wife Agnieszka, pictured enjoying a cigarette in a makeshift bath tub in the garden

Inspirations: Speaking about his work, he said: 'I love my wife and children. I love seeing how they change, and I like to photograph the most important events in our lives'

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Inspirations: Speaking about his work, he said: 'I love my wife and children. I love seeing how they change, and I like to photograph the most important events in our lives'

Talent: He is not a professional photographer, but Sebastian clearly has an ability to capture powerful still life images

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Talent: He is not a professional photographer, but Sebastian clearly has an ability to capture powerful still life images

True love: Speaking about his hobby, he said: 'Photography is my passion, though I do not make money taking pictures at the moment and I do not know if I will in the future'

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True love: Speaking about his hobby, he said: 'Photography is my passion, though I do not make money taking pictures at the moment and I do not know if I will in the future'

Hobby: He has been a business advisor for 15 years but is looking for a new direction in life, he says

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Hobby: He has been a business advisor for 15 years but is looking for a new direction in life, he says

He said: 'I love my wife and children. I love seeing how they change, and I like to photograph the most important events in our lives. I am happy when we do things together because it brings us closer. 

'I find the beauty of my wife very inspiring, but my kids also give me a lot of inspiration. Kaja, Christopher and Jacek are so carefree, cheerful and they have a lot of great ideas - there is no better inspiration than spending time with them,' explains Sebastian.

He lives with his family in Jelenia Gora, which is located in a valley and surrounded by picturesque mountains. 

The budding photographer explains he chose to include his pet dogs in his touching photos, as he feels they are very much a part of his family. 

Childhood innocence: Sebastian says he is happy when he, his wife and children do things together because it brings them closer Childhood innocence: Sebastian says he is happy when he, his wife and children do things together because it brings them closer      

Childhood innocence: Sebastian says he is happy when he, his wife and children do things together because it brings them closer

Unusual: His clever and mood-filled photos depict his children and pets in the countryside, often with a touch of the surreal

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Unusual: His clever and mood-filled photos depict his children and pets in the countryside, often with a touch of the surreal

Magical: The resulting images are anything but your standard family portraits and have a real magical element to them

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Magical: The resulting images are anything but your standard family portraits and have a real magical element to them

 

Man's best friend: The budding photographer explains he chose to include his pet dogs in his touching photos, as he feels they are very much a part of his family Man's best friend: The budding photographer explains he chose to include his pet dogs in his touching photos, as he feels they are very much a part of his family      

Man's best friend: The budding photographer explains he chose to include his pet dogs in his touching photos, as he feels they are very much a part of his family

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

The bright lights of the city often lure people in with promises of a better way of life.

Today, around 3.9 billion people around the world live in towns and cities, with the global urban population growing by about one million people each week.

But while urban dwellers may have better access to doctors and hospitals, there are growing concerns that city-living is severely damaging to health.

Rat race: The Paris-based International Council for Science has launched a programme that aims to understand how a city environment can be changed to improve the health of its residents

Rat race: The Paris-based International Council for Science has launched a programme that aims to understand how a city environment can be changed to improve the health of its residents

Now, scientists at the International Council for Science have launched a global programme to find out exactly how factors such as pollution, overcrowding and crime are affecting overall wellbeing.

The 'Urban Health and Wellbeing Programme' hopes to understand what makes a 'healthy urban environment', according to a report by Mark Kinver in the BBC.

'We are facing global epidemics of non-communicable diseases - heart disease, diabetes and so on - and mental health problems,' Professor Anthony Capon, director of the UN University's International Institute for Global Health, told the BBC.

Packed: The programme claims that city-dwellers have higher rates of mental illness due to stress and social isolation. Those living in cities also suffer worse from impacts from car pollution 

Packed: The programme claims that city-dwellers have higher rates of mental illness due to stress and social isolation. Those living in cities also suffer worse from impacts from car pollution

'We are also seeing the health impact of climate change, such as heat-stress in cities and changes in the distribution of infectious vector-borne diseases.'

CITIES ARE BAD FOR THE HEALTH OF NEW MOTHERS

Women who live in urban areas are more likely to develop postnatal depression than those who live in the countryside, recent research has claimed.

Women who live in large cities are three per cent more likely to develop the condition five to 14 months after giving birth.

The researchers believe this could be because city living is more stressful and is associated with less supportive communities.

Dr Simone Vigod, at Women's College Hospital, in Toronto, said: 'Living in an urban area is a marker of more stress, less support and a potentially higher risk of postpartum depression for women.

'Our study suggests we need to better target our supports and services towards women based on their geographic location to improve their outcomes and reduce their risk of postpartum depression.'

For instance, the programme claims that city-dwellers have higher rates of mental illness due to stress and social isolation.

It is also looking at how infectious diseases thrive when people are crowded together, or how they emerge when cities expand into surrounding areas.

'The demographic advantage of youth in such countries would be lost unless combined with healthy living' said Indira Nath, Chair of the Scientific Committee at the International Council for Science.

'Policy makers face the challenge of viewing healthy cities as 'systems' consisting of multiple subsystems along with the overarching super system of climate change.' 

But Professor Capon said that the programme could offer some hope, by combining expertise between scientists and urban planners on how to better develop cities.

The programme will look at everything from the design of public spaces and transport to improvements in housing and free city services.

Professor Capon says the key is understanding that cities are really about people.

'We are attracted to cities for economic, educational and social opportunities,' he said 'When we live in cities, they need to work for us. It is not just about the economic efficiencies.'

 

 

Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart recently captured these scenes from a fading culture, as he followed Montana ranchers on their final horse drive, moving more than 300 horses down from their winter range. Every spring the Mantle family, along with with a group of wranglers, drives the herd north over 35 miles and three days, through the small town of Three Forks to their ranch. After decades of supplying and tending to horses, the Mantles, citing financial challenges, now plan to sell off their herd and shift to raising beef cattle. Take a moment to travel with the Mantle family through big sky country, on a journey once so familiar and iconic, now fading into memory with the rest of cowboy culture.

     

Wrangler Shad Boardman rides into a pasture during Montana Horses' final horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 6, 2012. The Mantle family, who own Montana Horses, held their last horse drive where they rounded up approximately 300 horses and drove the herd 35 miles from their winter range to the Mantle ranch. The horses will be picked up by leasers to be used as pack and trail horses at dude ranches and national parks. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

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A view of the 500 acre Mantle ranch outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 3, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Renee Mantle rides in a truck on her way to the wrangler camp before Montana Horses' last annual horse drive, on May 3, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Kail Mantle give instructions to wranglers before the horse drive on May 4, 2012. Kail, a former rodeo champion, and his wife Renee have been operating Montana Horses off a plot of land north of Three Forks since 1995.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Renee Mantle checks the hoof and shoes of a horse during Montana Horses' annual horse drive on May 3, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wrangler Lori Young readies her horse before the start of the horse drive, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers ride along railroad tracks during Montana Horses' last horse drive, on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers gather a herd of horses off the winter range south of Three Forks, Montana, on May 4, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Horses cross a river during Montana Horses' annual horse drive, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers work to gather horses outside Three Forks, on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wrangler Shad Boardman rides his horse through a river on May 4, 2012. The drive is not without dangers -- over the years, a number of wranglers have suffered minor injuries, from head injuries to broken bones. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers gather at camp outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 3, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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A spur on a wrangler's boot during Montana Horses' last horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana, May 6, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers visit beside a campfire under a moonlit sky on May 3, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wrangler Denise Boyd laughs by the campfire on May 4, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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The last of the daylight fades over the wrangler's camp outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 3, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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The belt buckle of wrangler Sara Tharp, seen before Montana Horses' last horse drive on May 4, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Renee Mantle chases a horse trying to break away on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Horses run to the corrals during Montana Horses' last horse drive in central Montana, on May 4, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers from lead a herd of horses down a paved road on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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A horse shakes itself off after the second day of Montana Horses' last horse drive on May 5, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers lead a herd of horses outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Renee Mantle sorts a herd of horses in a corral on May 5, 2012. The Mantles know each of their 300-plus horses by name.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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A wrangler's hand rests on a saddle horn during a horse drive on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wranglers lead a herd of horses during Montana Horses' last horse drive on May 5, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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After the drive, Renee Mantle enjoys a moment in the pasture with her horses as they vie for attention, on May 6, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

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Wrangler Nate Cummins takes the opportunity to ride by moonlight, the night before the "Super Moon" during Montana Horses' final horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 4, 2012.

A combine cuts rice in a field near Tucker, Arkansas, on August 16, 2012. Arkansas rice farmers planted 1.135 million acres in 2012, equal to 59 percent of the nation's rice crop this year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.(AP Photo/Danny Johnston) #

 

Boys and girls compete with their sheep at the West Virginia State fair on August 11, 2012 in Lewisburg, West Virginia. (Image was created using an iPhone 4s with Snapseed's vintage filter) (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

 

A nodding donkey pump extracts oil from the earth at an abandoned farm near the old ghost town of Dore, North Dakota, on April 19, 2012. Dore has seen a rebirth with booming oil activity in western North Dakota.(AP Photo/ James MacPherson)

 

A firefighting helicopter fills a bucket of water in heavy smoke as the North Merna wildfire burns in the Bridger National Forest west of the town of Pinedale in Sublette County, Wyoming, on September 16, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #

 

Visitors walk through the "infinity room" before a public memorial service for U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 29, 2012. Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, died in August at the age of 82. (Reuters/Matt Sullivan) #

 

A bear cub with second-degree burns to its paws is examined and treated at the Garden Valley Ranger Station in Idaho, on August 28, 2012. The cub, who is about four months old, was injured in the Mustang Complex Fire. Wildlife veterinarian Mark Drew said the cub, nicknamed Boo Boo, will require long term care to survive. Efforts to locate the cub's mother were unsuccessful. (Reuters/USFS/Kari Greer) #

 

 

Kameron Hays, 7, sports a mohawk while attending the Iowa 80 truck stop's 33rd Annual Truckers Jamboree in Walcott, Iowa, on July 12, 2012. The Iowa 80, located along Interstate 80, is said to be the world's largest truck stop.(Reuters/Adrees Latif)

 

A view of Monument Valley Tribal Park in Utah, on August 14, 2012. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)


A cowboy rides his horse through town as he watches a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Beardstown, Illinois, on May 6, 2012. There are approximately 900 immigrant workers from 34 countries employed in Beardstown at the Cargill meat packing plant and most are willing to work hard at just about anything for a better life in the United States. While both longtime community residents and immigrants agree that most people accept the newcomers, the beginnings were rocky and some problems still remain.(Reuters/Jim Young)

 

Beach visitors watch the sunset in Dauphin Island, Alabama, on August 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) #

 

View from the south Rim of the Grand Canyon near Tusayan, Arizona, on August 10, 2012. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

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