Navigating the Mekong; My Tho, Vietnam

Navigating the Mekong; My Tho, Vietnam

The captain of a sampan boat steers her boat down the narrow inlets to the Mekong River; My Tho, Vietnam

A sampan (meaning “three planks”) is a flat-bottomed wooden boat used for transportation through rivers or other costal areas. Sampan boats are typically propelled by oars or a pole (yuloh) and are common in rural areas of Southeast Asia, such as Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

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Fields of Portland Head Light; Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Fields of Portland Head Light; Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Portland Head Light, a popular New England lighthouse along the shores of Cape Elizabeth near Portland, Maine.

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Open for Business; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Open for Business; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

A street vendor waits outside her shop for the first customer of the day; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Passing By; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Passing By; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Pedestrians stroll by a small food cart in the District 1 streets of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

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Over the Valley; Ronda, Spain

Over the Valley; Ronda, Spain

A view across the valley of Ronda from atop the El Tajo Gorge in Ronda, Andalucia in southern Spain.

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Left Behind; Monroe, CT

Left Behind; Monroe, CT

Graffiti laid upon graffiti vandalized by more graffiti in a rural area of Monroe, Connecticut.

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Mekong River Boat At Sunset; My Tho, Vietnam

Mekong River Boat At Sunset; My Tho, Vietnam

A river boat sits docked as the sun sets along the mighty Mekong River in southern Vietnam; My Tho, Vietnam

The Mekong River is the 12th longest river in the world, running for 4,350 km (2,703 mi). Starting in the Yunnan province of China, it flows through Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam.  The area where the Mekong empties into the sea through a plethora of distributaries is known as the Mekong Delta, and is considered a “treasure trove” for biologists, with over 1,000 species of animals documented between 1997 and 2007, including many that were previously thought to be extinct. Today it’s common to see the channel full of shipping vessels rushing down it’s muddy waters, passing many local “floating markets” along the way.

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