Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim in front of Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands. Rajan is one of the few elephants in Havelock that can swim, so when he is not dragging timber in the forest he is used as a tourist attraction. The relationship between the mahout and his elephant usually lasts for their entire lives, creating an extremely strong tie between the animal and the human being.
(via The Big Picture)
This is as cool as anything I have ever seen!
Farmer Wu Zhongyuan, 22, sits in his self-made helicopter in Jiuxian county, Henan province, China on August 1, 2009. The local government later halted Wu’s plan to fly the helicopter out of safety concerns. The aircraft, powered by a 150cc engine, took Wu two months to build and cost more than 10,000 yuan ($1,460), China Daily reported. (via The Big Picture)
He built his own HELICOPTER!!!
A boy stands in the goal on the pitch at the Mogwase Stadium while waiting for the New Zealand soccer team to arrive for their Group A Confederations Cup training session, in Mogwase, South Africa. (via The Big Picture)
North Korean soldiers walk in an early morning mist with their rifles and spades along the North Korean-Chinese border near the Chinese city of Dandong on April 5, 2009. (REUTERS/ Nir Elias) (via The Big Picture)
This is going on the cover of my novel, “So You’re in North Korea, Now What”.