Recent photographs from “The Big Picture” at boston.com


This photo provided by NASA shows chemical tracers that were released from five rockets launched from NASA’s Wallops Island test flight facility in Atlantic, Va., Tuesday morning March 27. The tracers form white clouds that allowed scientists and the public to visualize upper level jet stream winds.


A wildfire that forced authorities to temporarily close a section of U.S. Highway 34 east of Yuma County, Colo. This wildfire caused at least a half-million dollars’ worth of damage on Colorado’s plains was sparked by a power line snapped by strong winds, according to a report on March 23. (Tony Rayl/Yuma Pioneer via Associated Press)


Noelle Finch of Great Britain sits on her board on Feb. 27 in the bay of Funchal on the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira as the 6 races of 2012 European Windsurfing Championships of the day were cancelled due the lack of wind. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)


Coachella got under way under gloomy skies, high winds and scattered showers on the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Ca. on April 13. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)


A child is seen playing in the sand being blown up due to the high winds along the beach at the coast of Seaburn, England, on Jan. 3. There was a severe weather warning for gale force winds across the region. (Scott Heppell/Associated Press)


A man asks an Afghan refugee not to bathe at a water point, while others collect water, in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, May 15, 2012. People in Pakistan are facing water shortages due to low water levels in the country’s dams, according to the Pakistani Meteorological Department.(Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)


Pakistani women wash their laundry at a water point on the outskirts of Islamabad, May 9, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)


Pakistani women make their way amid garbage to fetch potable water to their homes in the outskirts of Islamabad, May 8, 2012. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash/Associated Press)


A man dives into a pond from atop a building to cool himself on a hot afternoon in New Delhi, May 8, 2012. (Kevin Frayer/Associated Press)


An Afghan refugee girl stands in the doorway of her home in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, May 7, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)


A man stops to give money to a man begging for alms, May 7, 2012 in New Delhi. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)


A Palestinian boy plays at the beach in Gaza City, May 4, 2012. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)


An Iranian couple enjoy their time at the Tochal mountainous area, at the northern part of the capital of Tehran, Iran, May 2, 2012.(Vahid Salemi/Associated Press)


Chinese tourists watch the customary ceremony of lowering the flag at Tiananmen Square, May 3, 2012 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)


Lanterns released by Buddhist worshippers fly as the full moon shines in the background during a procession commemorating Waisak, which marks the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha at the 9th century Borobudur temple in Magelang, Indonesia. (Slamet Riyadi/Associated Press)


The full moon rises behind a mosque in Amman on May 5, 2012. (Ali Jarekji/Reuters)


The moon rises over the Angel’s Gate lighthouse in San Pedro, Calif. on May 5, 2012. (Chuck Bennett/Daily Breeze/Associated Press)


The moon lights up Waikiki and Diamond Head on May 5, 2012 in Honolulu. (Eugene Tanner/Associated Press)


The moon rises over Vancouver on May 5, 2012. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/Associated Press)


Khedi Konchieva, 15, on a date with her boyfriend in the village of Serzhen-Yurt. Couples on dates must meet in public and sit a distance from one another. All physical contact is forbidden before marriage. (Copyright Diana Markosian)


At sunset on the outskirts of Grozny, Kazbek Mutsaev, 29, fires celebratory gun shots as part of an age-old wedding tradition in Chechnya. (Copyright Diana Markosian)


Singer Hope Sandoval of the band Mazzy Star performs during Day 1. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


A group of fans adorned with glow sticks from Inglewood hang out near a large crane costumed like a giant flower at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 20. (Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun via Associated Press)


Coachella music fans watch The Weeknd perform during Day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on April 15. (Harrison/Getty Images)


Brainerd High School students board a school bus, April 16, 2012, in Brainerd, Minn., after central Minnesota was blanketed with snow overnight. (Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch)


A North Korean woman cleans slaughtered ducks on a processing line at the Dudan duck factory which employs 1000 workers and produces 7000 tons of duck products a year in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 12, 2012. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)


Olivia Bellin, 4, of Salem, Ore., bounces on a ride during an annual trip with her mother to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm near Woodburn, Ore.,April 10, 2012. The farm is open through April and features over 40 acres of flowers, rides, food and festivities. (Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian)


A technician prepares a specimen at an animal specimen factory in Fuzhou, in southeastern China’s Fujian province, April 10, 2012.(Associated Press)


A visitor views a light sculpture by artist Dan Flavin, part of the art exhibition “Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s” at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., April 4, 2012. (David Duprey/Associated Press)


A North Korean student learns to drive a tractor on a computerized driving simulator at the Samjiyon Schoolchildrens’ Palace in Samjiyon, North Korea. The facility was built for children to take part in after school programs in the arts, sciences, sports, computer and vocational training. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)


Afghan men play with horses on Naderkhan hill overlooking Kabul, Afghanistan on March 26. (Ahmad Jamshid/Associated Press)


Opal Cosby lifts her legs as she rides through puddles on Ironwood Drive in Hartselle, Ala., following a rainy afternoon on March 22. The setting sun lit the puddles with a red light at the end of the day. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Decatur Daily via Associated Press)


A visitor looks at jellyfish displayed at an aquarium in Shanghai, China on March 21. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)


99 CENT DREAMS New York City, New York, December 2010 (Nancy Breslin/Newark, Delaware)


RANCH DOG TAKING A BREAK FROM WORK Ellsworth, Nebraska, April 2010 (Jamie Illian/Dallas, Texas)

BLUE ICE CAVE Antarctica, December 2011 (Jamie Scarrow/Bruce, Canberra, Australia)


A PRAYING MANTIS AS THE SUN RISES OVER THE EVERGLADES Everglades National Park, Florida (Paul Marcellini/Miami, Florida)


MOONRISE OVER NORTHERN LIGHTS Northern Alaska, March 2011 (Ben Hattenbach/Los Angeles, California


CLAMMING AT THE OREGON COAST Garibaldi, Oregon, June 2010 (Lucy Chien/Alexandria, Virginia)


WOMEN MAKING TRADITIONAL ART Rajasthan, India, November 2010 (Chetan Soni/MadhyaPradesh, India)


SUNSET CLAMMING Xiapu, Fujian, China, January 2009 (Jia Han Dong/Parsippany, New Jersey)


THREE FISHERMAN ON INLE LAKE Inle Lake, Myanmar, January 2011 (David Lazar/Brisbane, Australia)


HOUSE COLLAGE Sikkim, West Bengal, October 2010 (Shyamal Das/Kolkata, India)


Shrimp within vase sponge, William Goodwin (Birmingham, Alabama). Photographed September 2011, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

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