Some Interesting Photos of 2011…

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(AFP PHOTO/HO/QATAR OPEN/JULIEN CROSNER) A handout picture released by Qatar Open shows world number one Spanish Rafael Nadal (L) and Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer (R) playing an exhibition game on a floating court in the West bay of Doha on January 2, 2011 to promote the upcoming 2011 ATP Doha Open from January 4-8.

Torsten Blackwood—AFP / Getty Images – January 14, 2011. Narelle Cole gently wipes the fetid silt from a 21-year-old photo of her daughter Kerrie which she salvaged from the ruins of her inundated home in Ipswich. As the flood waters drained from the cities and towns, revealing the full horror of the devastation wrought when the Brisbane River burst its banks, search teams recovered the body of the 16th victim.


(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) 

Republican candidates (L to R) former House Speaker Newt Gingrich laughs along with former Governor Mitt Romney (MA) and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (TX) prior to their debate June 13, 2011 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is the first debate for the GOP contenders in the “First in the Nation” primary state of New Hampshire.  Add Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman to round out the remaining GOP field.

World Photography Awards picture: ''people'' winner, professional category -- a hunter in Argentina

(National Geographic Pro Photo of the Year)  “The Hunter” by Argentine professional photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg is one in a series of pictures examining a community living in Argentina‘s Paraná River Delta.


(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) 

In this Feb. 2, 2011 file photo, hundreds of cars are seen stranded on lake Shore drive in  Chicago. A winter blizzard of historic proportions wobbled an otherwise snow-tough Chicago, stranding hundreds of drivers for up to 12 hours overnight on the city’s showcase lakeshore thoroughfare and giving many city schoolchildren their first ever snow day.


Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Riot police walk in the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.

(STR/AFP/Getty Images) This photo taken on September 26, 2011 shows a group of giant panda cubs napping at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province.


A weed grows out of the dry cracked bed of O.C. Fisher Lake on July 25, 2011 in San Angelo, Texas. The 5,440 acre lake which was established to provide flood control and serve as a secondary drinking water source for San Angelo and the surrounding communities is now dry following an extended drought in the region. The lake which has a maximum depth of 58 feet is also used for boating, fishing and swimming. The San Angelo area has seen only 2.5 inches of rain this year. The past nine months have been the driest in Texas since record keeping began in 1895,

Toru Hanai — (Reuters)  April 12, 2011. Volunteers clean baby photos that were washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at a volunteer center in Ofunato, Iwate, Japan  prefecture.

Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME 

Yuri Kozyrev. Ras Lanuf, Libya. March 11, 2011
With photography, it’s always a moment. You get it, or you miss it. This was on the front lines near Ras Lanuf, Libya. It was near an oil refinery factory that was important for both sides—both the rebels and government. I took this picture on March 11, when Gaddafi’s military could still fly, and they were flying around, dropping bombs on the rebels. It was really scary for everybody on the front lines—suddenly, you could hear the plane coming and the bombs hitting their targets. These men were the shabab, young people who weren’t professional fighters and didn’t have weapons or training. They’re not rebels, but eager to be on the front lines. They’re jumping because they heard the planes coming, so they’re running around trying to find any place to hide, which is hard because everything is flat and exposed. You can see from the picture that none of them have any weapons—they were scared—and it was just an incredible experience to be there.


(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) 

Construction continues at the World Trade Center site with memorial footprints of the twin towers visible September 7, 2010 in New York City. Officials provided an update on the rebuilding efforts as the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches.

Michael Buckner—Getty Images

March 23, 2011. Flowers are placed on actress Elizabeth Taylor’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.


(Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)

The stage collapses at the Indiana State Fair August 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stage fell just before country duo Sugarland were scheduled to perform, killing at least four people and injuring as many as 40 more.

David Handschuh / Pool / EPA

September 11, 2011. Corey Gaugioso traces the name of his sister, Candace Lee Williams, at the north pool of the 9.11 Memorial during tenth anniversary ceremonies in New York. His sister was was on flight 11, which crashed into the same tower where she worked for Merrill Lynch.

Dominic Nahr—Magnum for TIME

Dominic Nahr. Mogadishu, Somalia. August 9, 2011
I have never watched children die in front of me before. Watching their last breath as their chest slowly and with long pauses slightly expand and then deflate again. Until, it suddenly stops. The children who arrived at the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu were in bad shape, but they were the lucky ones. Some of them who made it to the hospital early enough managed to pull through, even with limited medical supplies and overworked, unpaid, and tired nurses. However, for most, it was a place they came to die. Almost all the children I photographed on the second floor in the children’s wing ended up dying. With some I did not even have a chance to know their names or ages. I would return to the room a couple of hours later and the bed the child was lying in before was either empty, or full again with a new child and mother

Jim Young / Reuters  April 1, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama’s personal assistant Reggie Love carries a photograph of Obama to be signed at a UPS shipping facility in Landover, Maryland.  Subconscious statement?

Stefan Sauer—EPA  November 16, 2011. A view of time books of forced laborers from the Second World War period at the city archives in Stralsund, Germany. Records of more than 4,000 forced laborers in northern Pomerania have been studied for the first time by a German-Polish research project.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Cardinals win the World Series  ST LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 28: The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the World Series in Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.

Ant picture: two ants eating a leaf -- winner, &quot;Nature/Wildlife,&quot; World Photography Awards 2011

(National Geographic Best Amateur “Nature/Wildlife” Picture of the Year)  Photograph courtesy Andiyna Lutfi, Sony World Photography Awards Rearing like tiny horses, ants stretch for food in a photograph by IndonesianAndiyan Lutfi, who took home the prize for best amateur nature or wildlife picture. Published May 11, 2011


(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A man dressed as George Washington is saluted by Jim Griffin of Fort Washington, Maryland, who is dressed as Captain American, while they stand outside the Supreme Court building and cheer on thousands of anti-abortion marchers during the March for Life January 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The annual march marks the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court that made abortion legal in the United States.


(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The historic Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Station is surrounded by floodwater May 17, 2011 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Mississippi river at Vicksburg is expected to crest May 19. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding along the Mississippi River from Illinois to Louisiana. 


(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (R) wipes his eyes as outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) prepares to hand over over the Speaker’s gavel following his election in the House chamber January 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. The 112th U.S. Congress was sworn-in today, with Republican legislators taking control of the House of Representatives and expected to begin attempts to dismantle portions of U.S. President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.


(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) 

A family member cries out at a funeral of an anti-government protester on February 18, 2011 in Sitra, Bahrain. Three slain protesters were buried Friday. Security forces opened up with live ammunition on demonstrators in fresh clashes in the early evening, resulting in unconfirmed reports of four dead and undetermined amount wounded. (A scene and face seen all over the Middle East in 2011)

AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR  From Getty: Newborn female Asiatic Elephant (Elephas Maximus) calf born to Johti, a 44-year-old, plays at Ostrava’s Zoo on May 31, 2011. The calf was born on April 15.

Dubai's Luxury Mall Christma 2011

(Time Staff Photo) A Massive Christmas Display Opens in Primarily Muslim Dubai’s Luxury Mall… Guess Christmas Displays Are Only Problems in Primarily Christian America?!?

titleclip_image002clip_image004In this Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency and distributed in Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, by the Korea News Service, Kim Jong Un, center, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's youngest known son and successor, visits at Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, North Korea, to pay respect to his father.  At far left front is Jong Un's uncle Jang Song Thaek. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION102410_awlaki[1]

Uprisings and Dictators Gone… Collage


(Photo by Mario (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) 

The Statue of Liberty is seen beneath the rising moon on August 12, 2011 in New York City. More than 2,700 people were killed when al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked U.S. passenger jets and flew them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Nearly ten years after the crippling attacks on Lower Manhattan, business, tourism and new construction like One World Trade Center have rejuvenated the formerly devastated cityscape.

New Year Graffitti

Make sure your New Years’ Resolutions are bigger than yourself. You will have a lot better chance of keeping them and making them happen!!

Happy New Year 2012

Auld Lang Syne by Sissel

For 2012… 40,000 New Laws on the books

2011 in Review  <—And More Photos

2011 – 2012 New Year Fireworks over Sydney Opera House, Sydney Australia

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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