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November 9, 2012

Daily Life: October 2012

Collecting and editing images that document simple elements of daily life around the world is actually one of my favorite things in preparing a Big Picture post. The images have an element of universality, yet are often very unique. It's one of the many wonderful things about strong photography. We become armchair travelers, experiencing simple things in far flung locations through the imagery that is sent out from agencies around the world. In this post we visit places like China, Thailand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Spain, Nepal, India, Lisbon, Scotland, Indonesia and Signal Mountain, Tennessee. -- Paula Nelson ( 56 photos total)

A full moon rises behind a statue of a bull overlooking the former stockyard district, Oct. 29, 2012, Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie RiedelAssociated Press)

A child plays on an Angry Bird rocker at a real life Angry Bird outdoor game in a theme park in Shanghai, Oct. 31, 2012. Angry Birds will open more than 10 activity parks in Shanghai in the next two years. The smaller parks will be free to the public. (Aly Song/Reuters)#

An Indian smells a flower as he walks in the street in New Delhi, India, Oct. 31, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A Pakistani boy is silhouetted against sunset as he watches his friends playing cricket at a field on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 31, 2012. (Anjum Naveed/Associated Press)#

A man watches a Halloween Parade from his window along Main Street in downtown Galena, Ill., Oct. 27, 2012. (Jessica Reilly/The Telegraph Herald)#

An Indian hawker sells fake decorative flowers at a market in New Delhi, India, Oct. 30, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

An Indian woman prepares flower garlands to sell to Hindu worshippers as men drink tea at a market in New Delhi, India, Oct. 30, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

Greyson Gardner, 3, tows a wagon full of pumpkins beside his father, Matt, while searching for Halloween pumpkins among a wide variety of pumpkins and squashes at Earthbound Farm, Carmel Valley, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012. (David Royal/Monterey County Herald)#

A Kashmiri Muslim girl enjoys a ride as her mother watches at a fair in Srinagar, India, Oct. 30, 2012. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)#

An Indian schoolgirl yawns as she rides with friends to school on a bicycle rickshaw in New Delhi, India, Oct. 31, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A street dog sleeps under a scooter while a homeless man sleeps under a blanket in a street in New Delhi, India, Oct. 31, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A cat sleeps near a Kalashnikov weapon at a Hamas security check point in Gaza City, Oct. 30, 2012. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)#

People wait to buy goods in a chocolate shop, Pamplona, northern Spain, Oct. 31, 2012. Unemployment in the 17-country eurozone rose to a record 11.6 percent in September, as large parts of the region slide further toward recession. Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone at 25.8 percent and Greece is not far behind. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)#

People attempt to fit onto a crowded bus on First Avenue, October 31, 2012, New York City. Residents and businesses across the eastern seaboard are attempting to return to their daily lives and normal operations as clean-up from Hurricane Sandy continues. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)#

Palestinian fishermen push their boat into the sea, Gaza City, Oct. 30, 2012. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)#

A public transport driver waits for passengers, Katmandu, Nepal, Oct. 30, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)#

An Indian laborer combs his hair as he gets ready in the morning before work, New Delhi, India, Oct. 30, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A Nepalese army soldier stands guard at the entrance of the palace ground, Katmandu, Nepal, Oct. 30, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)#

The moon casts light on a ship at sea off Konnos beach near Ayia Napa and Protaras resort, southeast of the island of Cyprus, Oct. 28, 2012. (Petros Karadjias/Associated Press)#

A woman looks at pictures and paintings placed in frames during a street exhibition at Lisbon's Comercio square, Oct. 25, 2012. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)#

Signal Mountain High School cheerleaders run through smoke after introducing the team before a high school football game against Sequatchie County, Oct. 26, 2012, Signal Mountain, Tenn. (Allison Love/Chattanooga Times Free Press)#

An Indian girl reaches out for a passer-by as she begs for change near the Jama Masjid, during the holiday of Eid al-Adha in New Delhi, India, Oct. 27, 2012. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A Nepalese man carries strings of lemon and chili for sale, Katmandu, Nepal, Oct. 30, 2012. Nepalese believe in hanging these garlands on the gate of homes and stores to get rid of bad energy. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)#

Indian day laborers wait to be hired as they stand in the street in New Delhi, India, Oct. 30, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

Indian Muslim children wear new clothes as they sit together during prayers at the Jama Masjid during Eid al-Adha in New Delhi, India, Oct. 27, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A young Indian Muslim boy cries as his father tries to get him to help pick a goat to slaughter near the Jama Masjid during Eid al-Adha in New Delhi, India, Oct. 27, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

An Indian child street artist walks a tightrope in Hyderabad, India, Oct. 27, 2012. (Mahesh Kumar A./Associated Press)#

Zach Marcum snowboards at Powder Mountain, Utah, Oct. 24, 2012. (Nicholas Draney/Standard-Examiner)#

A Muslim child hands money to a food vendor at a marketplace in New Delhi, India, Oct. 26, 2012. (Tsering Topgyal/Associated Press)#

Israeli Arab kids watch a fire at a car dump yard in Israel's mixed Arab-Jewish town of Lod, central Israel, Oct. 23, 2012. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)#

A young boy plays in a park near abandoned housing in the Hamiltonhill area, October 23, 2012, Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has announced a welfare fund to provide emergency support to disadvantaged people who are struggling with issues such as unemployment, low income, poor health and lack of educational qualifications. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)#

The sun rises, Springville, Ala., Oct. 23, 2012. Sunny days and warm temperatures have marked the recent fall weather across Alabama. (Joe Songer/al.com)#

An Indian worker waits for customers, surrounded by Bollywood film posters at a small cinema in New Delhi, India, Oct. 23, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A neighbor's child plays as Dokar driver, Nyoman Yasa, 35, cleans his Dokar, Oct. 14, 2012, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The Dokar (horse and cart) is traditional local transport. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Dokar was one of the main transportation modes, transporting people and produce around the city. Over the years as Bali has transformed into a tourist mecca, the Dokar has seen a massive decline in business, to the point of virtual extinction. It is estimated that prior to 2002 there were over 200 Dokar working in the Denpasar region. Today only a handful remain, with numbers now standing at approximately 17 working in Denpasar. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)#

Kusir, Nyoman Mantra Manik, 55, helps passengers load up his Dokar at the Badung market, October 15, 2012 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. As Denpasar struggles with uncontrolled population growth, it has become the most populated region on the island with more than 1.5million people working daily in the city. As a result the chronic traffic congestion makes it difficult for the Dokar to work effectively. The cheap price of motorcycles has contributed to the Dokar slowly becoming obsolete, as people prefer to use motorcycles to avoid traffic jams and carry produce, (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)#

A Dokar horse waits in the Badung market, October 14, 2012, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The Dokar (horse and cart) is traditional local transport used in Denpasar. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)#

Dokar driver, Nyoman Yasa, 35, washes his horse down after a days work, October 14, 2012 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. For many Kusir (Dokar drivers) driving Dokar is a family tradition, passed down from father to son. Some Kusir choose to look for work in areas such as construction or to move their Dokar trade to the tourist heavy Kuta area. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)#

An Indian cotton candy vendor looks for customers after a sudden downpour in New Delhi, India, Oct. 23, 2012. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)#

A cow is transported from a truck, at the animal selling market, Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012. (Ahmad Nazar/Associated Press)#

Nomadic Gujjar women from Kashmir sit together after morning prayers outside the Jama Masjid mosque, New Delhi, India, Oct. 23, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A Muslim headscarf vendor arranges a mannequin as he waits for customers at his stall in a market in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Oct. 23, 2012. Aceh is the only province in the world's most populous Muslim country that implements Islamic sharia law. (Heri Juanda/Associated Press)#

A Thai vendor at her shop on a side walk in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 22, 2012. (Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press)#

Matt Maderia writes numbers on lobster buoys as his brothers, Justin and Travis, load lobster traps on their boat, the Lindy, Inc., at Town Dock in Stonington, Conn., Oct 22, 2012. The three brothers, who have fished with their father Richie for years bought-out their father before this winter fishing season and were loading about 150 traps in addition to the 200 they set the day before as part of the total1500 traps they plan to fish during the winter. The brothers are going into business together under the company name "Lobster Boys", a pun on the floating markers, lobster buoys, that identify each fisherman's gear. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)#

Afghan refugee boy Samiullah Afsar, 5, carries a puppy he found in a pile of a garbage, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 18, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)#

Pakistani livestock merchant, Ghulam Hassan, 60, waits for customers at a roadside livestock market on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 22, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)#

A member of an Indian musical band smokes marijuana as he, along with others, wait to perform in New Delhi, India, Oct. 19, 2012. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)#

A member of an Indian musical band ties a turban onto another before their performance, New Delhi, India, Oct. 19, 2012. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)#

An Indian boy lays on a charpoy with a goat he is selling at an outdoor market in New Delhi, India, Oct. 19, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)#

A man photographs a wax figure of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in a window display, Tokyo, Oct. 21, 2012. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press)#

A Nepalese man dries handmade paper at Chunnikhel, outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, Oct. 17, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press)#

Laborer workers set up scaffoldings to prepare for the World Parachuting Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 23, 2012. (Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press)#

Charlotte A. Lucier of Rutland, Mass., talks with her husband Walter J. Lucier during an event, Oct. 21, 2012, in the Old Burial Ground in Rutland, Mass. Members and friends of the Rutland Historical Society portrayed some of the people buried in the cemetery in the center of town. The Luciers are portraying the spirits of a couple, Mary Church King and Joseph King. (Betty Jenewin/Worcester Telegram & Gazette)#

A woman stands in front of a billboard displaying a model with a sprayed on moustache, Madrid, Oct. 17, 2012. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)#

People buy cabbage at a street market in the town of Novogrudok, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, Oct. 20, 2012. Local authorities organize frequent autumn street markets to encourage a steady supply of vegetables to the local population. (Sergei Grits/Associated Press)#

A new day dawns as the season comes to a close for lobsterman Norman Haynes, 69, loading traps onto a trailer, Oct. 19, 2012, Falmouth, Maine. A glut of early season lobsters resulted in low prices for the fishermen, resulting in one of the most disappointing seasons on record. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)#

An Egyptian farmer and his daughter ride a donkey at Gazeerat al-Dahab, "The island of Gold,'" Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 18, 2012. (Khalil Hamra/Associated Press)#
 
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