Today is Inauguration Day in the USA, and Washington, D.C., is bustling with activity as Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in as the nation’s 46th President. Here we see an Overview of the capital city in its entirety — situated on the Potomac River between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Nearly all presidential inaugurations since 1801 have been held in Washington, D.C., and most have taken place at the Capitol Building, where today’s swearing-in ceremony takes place.
Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery in Madrid, Spain, is one of the largest cemeteries in Western Europe. The number of gravesites — estimated at 5 million — is greater than the population of Madrid itself. For nearly a century, from 1884 to 1973, Our Lady of Almudena served as the main cemetery for the entire capital city.
A mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. covers parking lots in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The mural, which was created by Artist Michael Bowser and local volunteers between June and September 2020, covers about 64,000 square feet (5,992 square meters) and required roughly 300 gallons of paint to complete. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, a day to honor the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.
The Roden Crater is a cinder cone from an extinct volcano located in the Painted Desert region of northern Arizona, USA. The 400,000-year-old, 3-mile-wide (4.8 km) crater is the site of a land art project in progress. Artist James Turrell is transforming its inner cone into a massive naked-eye observatory designed specifically for viewing and experiencing skylight, solar and celestial phenomena.
Verona is a city of roughly 260,000 inhabitants, located on the Adige River in northern Italy. With a rich artistic heritage, well preserved architecture, and several annual fairs, shows and operas, Verona is one of the main tourist destinations in the region. In fact, the whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its ancient Roman monuments and its variety of Medieval architecture.
Rocket launch pads are seen here in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. This region — called the “Space Coast” — is well known as the site of both the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. All of the NASA-launched crewed spaceflights have departed from one of these two bases, beginning with Project Mercury in 1961.
The Siuslaw National Forest encompasses more than 630,000 acres (2,500 square km) along the central coast of Oregon, USA. It is made up of a variety of ecosystems — from coastal forests to sand dunes — and contains numerous aquatic habitats along its seashore, its 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of rivers and streams, and its 30 lakes. The national forest also contains Marys Peak, the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range at 4,097 feet (1,249 m).
Mount Taranaki is an active stratovolcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. A change in vegetation is sharply delineated between the protected national forest that encircles the volcano and the surrounding land comprised of intensively-farmed dairy pastures. Taranaki is 8,260 feet (2,518 meters) in elevation.
Thilafushi is an artificial island built from reclaimed land that receives waste generated in the Maldives. It is estimated that at least 330 tonnes of waste is brought to Thilafushi every day, most of which comes from Malé, the nation’s capital city. Because the waste is used to continue the land reclamation process and increase the size of the island, the area of Thilafushi is growing about 1 square meter (11 square feet) per day.
Lucca is a city and comune in Tuscany, Italy. The city walls, constructed during the Renaissance era, have remained intact as the city expanded and modernized. As the walls lost their military importance, they became a pedestrian promenade that encircles the old town, although they were used for a number of years in the 20th century as a track for racing cars.
The Columbia Glacier in southeastern Alaska is one of the most rapidly receding ice floes in the world. Since the 1980s, the glacier has lost more than half its total volume, which as led to a retreat of the ice more than 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the north. By 2008, the glacier had retreated back to the top of the surrounding inlet and split into separate glaciers that have continued to calve (break off at the end) on various fronts since.
The Vondelpark is a public park in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. In addition to ample green spaces and ponds, the Vondelpark contains an open-air theater, sculptures, athletic facilities, and numerous playgrounds. At 120 acres (47 hectares), it is the largest park in the city.
Aden is the temporary capital of Yemen and one of the country’s most populous cities, with about 800,000 residents. It’s natural harbor lies in the crater of a dormant volcano, which now forms a peninsula joined to the mainland by a low isthmus. The city is situated on the eponymous Gulf of Aden, near the eastern approach to the Red Sea.
The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Yesterday -- January 6, 2021 -- a mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, interrupting the certification of Electoral College results. For hours, hundreds of people covered the Capitol steps and some members of the mob broke inside, vandalizing the building and threatening its occupants.
Waves of the Pacific Ocean roll into Antofagasta, Chile. Since the city is situated in the Atacama Desert — the driest region in the world — it has incredibly sparse vegetation. In total, Antofagasta is home to nearly 400,000 residents and is the third largest city in the country.
Monaco is a sovereign city-state on the French Riviera, not far from the France-Italy border. With an area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 square kilometers), it is considered a “microstate” and is the second smallest sovereign state in the world, after Vatican City. Monaco is home to some 38,000 residents, around 30% of which are millionaires — the state has no income tax, low business taxes and is a well-known tax haven.
Choji-dong is a neighborhood of roughly 55,000 people in the city of Ansan, South Korea. The Korean government has intensively driven development of Ansan, particularly in this area, with an emphasis on manufacturing. The striking blue color shown here results from the use of aluminum roofing, which is used for its low cost and longevity.
A crop-formed Bagua arrangement is seen here in Kiowa County, Colorado, USA. An important symbol in Taoist cosmology, the Bagua consists of a yin-yang surrounded by eight sets of three-line patterns. This particular arrangement, known as Fu Xi or “Earlier Heaven,” represents the ancient Chinese understanding of the universe — yin and yang depict heaven and earth, and the eight surrounding diagrams symbolize sky, earth, thunder, wind, water, fire, mountain and lake.
A freighter full of containerized cargo waits outside the Port of Long Beach in California, USA. With an annual container volume of 8.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units, it is the second-busiest container port in the nation, after the neighboring Port of Los Angeles. The port is a major gateway for US-Asian trade, with top imports from China, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan consisting of crude oil, electronics, plastics, furniture and clothing.
Merry Christmas! Check out this great drone capture above a Christmas tree farm in Whitehouse, Ohio. Of the more than 160 million Christmas trees growing in the United States in 2015, roughly 2 million were in Ohio. The biggest grower in the U.S. is Oregon, which had upwards of 50 million trees growing in 2015.