President Barack Obama’s photographer presents his last year in review

President Barack Obama’s photographer presents his last year in review

February: “This photograph evokes the President in deep thought, which is not always an easy mood to convey. He was prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders.”  Pete Souza / White House Image caption

BBC News’ article on 30 December 2016, from the section In Pictures

“It’s been the honour of a lifetime to be a witness to history these past eight years.”The president’s photographer, Pete Souza, has selected the finest photos from inside the White House and beyond for his final annual review, before the Obama administration is replaced in January.“The editing for this project is both subjective and personal,” he said. “Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the president and first lady.”

We have reproduced a selection, with insights from behind the lens by Mr Souza.

February: “President Obama reacts as his putt falls just short during an impromptu hole of golf with staffers Joe Paulsen, left, and Marvin Nicholson” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

February: “I had my eye on this youngster while President Barack Obama spoke during a reception at the White House celebrating African American History Month. When the president started greeting audience members along the rope line, I bent down in front of the young man and captured this moment of the president touching his face before he too bent down to greet him. Afterwards, I tracked down his name – Clark Reynolds – and had the president sign a copy for him.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

March: “What an honour to watch these girls grow up. Malia, foreground, and Sasha were both invited guests for the State Dinner in honour of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Mrs Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau. Following the actual sit-down dinner in the East Room, they made their way down the Great Hall to the State Dining Room for the musical entertainment.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

March: “It just happened spontaneously one afternoon as the president began dancing in the Outer Oval with Personal Aide Ferial Govashiri. As I recall, he was helping her practise for her upcoming wedding.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

March:”The First Lady watches as President Obama gives a hug to Caprina Harris before the annual Easter Egg Roll. Caprina had burst out in tears when she was told by her family that Obama would no longer be president; the resulting YouTube video went viral and President Obama responded to her on Facebook and said he wasn’t going anywhere. They finally had a chance to meet here.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption March

April: “Originally it was unclear whether I would be permitted to photograph the president meeting Prince George. But the night before, our advance team called and said they had gotten word from Kensington Palace that they would allow me access to make candid photographs during their visit. Afterwards, this photograph garnered the most attention but at the time all I could think was how the table at right was hindering my ability to be at the optimum angle for this moment.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

June: “The vice-president chases children and members of the press with a super soaker during the 2016 Biden Beach Boardwalk Bash held at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington DC.” David Lienemann / White House Image caption

June: “The great thing about children is you just don’t know what they will do in the presence of the president. So when David Axelrod stopped by the Oval Office with one of his sons’ family, Axe’s granddaughter, Maelin, crawled onto the vice-president’s seat while the president continued his conversation with the adults. Then at one point, Maelin glanced over just as the president was looking back at her.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

July: “German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts when she thought they were somehow going to squeeze the entire press corps into a small hallway in Warsaw, Poland, to do a group photo with all of the European leaders. Instead, they were just being lined up in the order that they were supposed to walk into the room where the press was already prepositioned.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

August: “With some staff watching in the background, President Obama blows out candles after the vice-president surprised him with some birthday cupcakes.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

August: “President Obama watches a virtual reality film captured during his trip to Yosemite National Park earlier this summer as Personal Aide Ferial Govashiri continues working at her computer.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

September: “The president had gone for a hike with daughter Malia at Great Falls National Park, Virginia, and sat down on a rock overlooking the Potomac River.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

September: “After a meeting with actor and human rights activist George Clooney, the president invited him and three of his colleagues to shoot hoops on the White House basketball court. This photo garnered a lot of attention when it was hung on the walls of the West Wing.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

September: “The first lady goes shopping at a CVS Pharmacy in preparation for life after the White House during a segment taping for the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, California.” Lawrence Jackson / White House Image caption

September: “Following the official opening of the African American Museum, the Bonner family wanted to have their picture taken with former President George W Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. President Bush took the Bonner’s family smart phone and looking around for someone to snap the picture tapped President Obama on the shoulder and asked him to do the honours. The Bonner Family are fourth generation descendants of Elijah B. Odom, a young slave who escaped to freedom. The Bushes were instrumental in the creation of the museum, with Laura Bush serving on the board of directors.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

October: “The White House was hosting South by South Lawn, an event based on the infamous South by Southwest event in Austin, Texas. Just before lunch that day, the president was checking out the setup from a window in the Oval Office before the gates were opened. ‘Hey Pete,’ he said to me, ‘let’s go take a picture with the Lego men.’ And so we did.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

October: “There was almost no light remaining at the end of the day when the president and first lady walked out to the South Lawn for a ‘Fourth Quarter’ toast to White House staff.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

October: “Bill Murray stopped by the White House to be honoured as the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. When the president opened the door to the Oval Office, he laughed that Bill was in full Chicago Cubs regalia just before the Cubs were to begin the World Series. After the presentation, Murray demonstrated his prowess in putting, ‘sinking’ several putts into a White House drinking glass, all while doing a public service announcement to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

October: “The president was about to welcome local children for Halloween trick-or-treating when he ran into Superman Walker Earnest, son of Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House. ‘Flex those muscles,’ he said to Walker.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

November: “It was the morning after the election and the president wanted to speak to press secretary Josh Earnest about how to characterise his thoughts to the press. When he heard Josh was meeting with his team, the president sent word to bring the team with him, thinking it was just a few others. But it turned out that Josh had the entire communications, speechwriting and research team in his office and they all filtered in to the Oval, some for the first time.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

November: “A good respite from the day after the election was the visit of Alex Myteberi. The six-year-old boy from New York had written a letter to President Obama after seeing a heart-breaking photograph of Syrian refugee Omran Daqneesh sitting silently in an ambulance, covered in blood and dust, after an air strike on Aleppo. In his letter, Alex wrote to the president: ‘Can you please go get him and bring him to my home. We’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. The president was so touched by the letter that he read excerpts from it at the United Nations in September. Alex and his family were invited to the Oval Office so the president could tell him in person how much the letter had meant to him.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

November: “Bruuuuuce! The president reaches out to shake hands with Bruce Springsteen in the Blue Room of the White House prior to the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. I’m so happy for Bruce, having been a fan of his for almost 30 years during which I’ve seen at least 35 of his concerts.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

 December: “When I first posted this photograph and told the story about the prank in moving four snowmen so they were peeking into the Oval Office, some took this to mean that I had been the one to execute the prank. But it was not me, and as I previously wrote, the staff that pulled this off will remain nameless, unless Brian decides he wants to come forward with saying who helped him. Whoops.” Pete Souza / White House Image caption

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Global Environments: 27 images that Prove we are in Danger

Global Environments: 27 images that Prove we are in Danger

“27 images that prove that we are in danger. #7 left my mouth open.”

Two weeks ago I posted my videos and photographs of Cherry Blossoms taken from the previous years.  This is because this month, April, is the time that Cherry Blossom trees in Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ will start to bloom and usually by the end of the month most of cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom.  The condition of blooming depends on the weather.  If the weather is warm the blossoms will bloom sooner and if the weather is cold then it will cause the blossoms to bloom later. 

I just found an article from the Hefty website that John posted on his Facebook page.  I would like to post it in my website because it is waking up me from a day dream that most places will be as heavenly as Cherry Blossoms Land in Newark, NJ.  An article from Hefty’s website entitled, “27 images that prove that we are in danger. #7 left my mouth open.”  This will give us some awareness of our environment, educating us that if we neglect our planet we might not have beautiful flowers, gardens and sceneries such as those posted on Internet.

Below article is from Hefty’s website

27 images that prove that we are in danger. #7 left my mouth open.

Sometimes every word is superfluous. These pictures say more than a thousand words.

“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”

This prophecy is becoming a more and more brutal reality. But, even today, not every person is aware of the horrible effects our lifestyles have on nature. So share these evocative pictures with everyone.

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1. The view over the overdeveloped metropole of Mexico City (with more than 20 million inhabitants).

Photograph by Pablo Lopez Luz

2.   An elephant killed by poachers left to rot.

 Photograph by Kristian Schmidt/Wild Aid

3. The rainforest in flames – goats used to graze here.

Photograph by Daniel Beltra

4. Trails of excessive air traffic over London.

Photograph by Ian Wylie

5. A massive truck delivers a load of oil sands for processing. Oil sand is considered the energy source of the future.

Photograph by Garth Lentz

6. A simple herd farmer cannot withstand the stink of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia.

Photograph by Lu Guang

7. A waste incineration plant and its surroundings in Bangladesh

Photograph by M.R. Hasasn

8. A fire storm plows through Colorado – increased incidences of wild fires is a result of climate change.

Photograph by R.J. Sangosti/Denver Post

9. The scars left behind from the mining of oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Photograph by Garth Lentz

10. A nighttime spectacle in downtown Los Angeles – the energy demand is incalculable.

Photograph by Mike Hedge

11. In Oregon, this thousand year old forest fell victim to the chain saw for a new dam.

Photograph by Daniel Dancer

12. The area around Almeria in Spain is littered with greenhouses as far as the eye can see – simply for a richly filled dinner table.

Photograph by Yann Arthus Bertrand

13. Poachers pose proudly with the coat of a Siberian tiger.

  Photograph by Steve Morgan/Photofusion

14. The Mir Mine in Russia, the largest diamond mine in the world.

Photograph by Google Earth/ 2014 Digital Globe

15. A dead albatross shows what happens when we litter. A living dumpster.

Photograph by Chris Jordan

16. And yet another megatropolis – a bird’s eye view of New Delhi (over 22 million inhabitants).

Photograph by Google Earth/2014 Digital Globe

17. Paradise almost lost: the Maldives, a popular vacation spot that is threatened by rising sea levels.

Photograph by Peter Essick

18. The beginning of Black Friday at an electronics store in Boise, Idaho.

Photograph by Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman

19. Tons (literally) of broken electronics end up in developing countries and are stripped for precious metals by using deadly substances.

  Photograph by Peter Essick

20. The blunder of the Brazilian rain forest is being repeated here in Canada.

Photograph by Garth Lentz

21. A landfill for worn-out tires in the desert of Nevada.

 Photograph by Daniel Dancer

22. While the entire world watched the events of Fukushima, a massive heat and power station was burning just a few miles away. All attempts to extinguish it where fruitless.

Photograph by Mainichi Newspapers/AFLO

23. This polar bear starved to death in Svalvard, Norway. Disappearing ice caps are robbing polar bears of both their living space and food.

  Photograph by Ashley Cooper

24. To the last drop: an oilfield in California and the merciless overexploitation of humans.

Photograph by Mark Gamba/Corbis

25. A massive waterfall from melting pack ice. These masses are the only meltwater and the undeniable proof how swiftly climate change is advancing.

Photograph by Cotton Coulson/Keenpress

26. A lignite power plant contaminates the air with its discharges.

Photograph by Jason Hawkes

27. The Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya rides a wave of filth and trash (Java, Indonesia).

Photograph by Zak Noyle

“When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money.”

This prophecy is becoming a more and more brutal reality. But, even today, not every person is aware of the horrible effects our lifestyles have on nature. So share these evocative pictures with everyone.

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