Barack Obama/Hope Painter: Shepard Fairey Year: 2008 Known to many of us as the poster plastered everywhere in support of now-President Barack Obama, this image began life as a x collage in Fairey's studio.
Palmyra was an ancient city in central Syria. Located in an oasis, it had long been a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. Palmyra is mentioned in the Bible as part of Solomon's Kingdom.
Badab-e Surt, Iran. Photo by Abbas Arabzadeh. A range of stepped travertine terrace formations, created over thousands of years as flowing water from mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountain side.