Continuing an ongoing experiment, I solicited reader requests for news photos, asking people on Twitter, Facebook and email, "Would you like to see a good photo of a particular subject? A high-res version of a photo you've already seen somewhere else? A photo from a particular photographer or event? If I have access and can find it, I'll try to post it." The subject matter this time was just as varied as before, and the task of finding the images and composing the entry was great fun. Requests this time ranged from a grumpy Judge Scalia to the Soviet army leaving Lithuania in 1990s, guacamole recipes to Donald trump’s hair, and from urban farms in Detroit to playful raccoons. .
Z asked for “Something cold and Nordic.” Here, a Swedish tourist surfs in Unstad beach in the Lofoten Islands, within the Arctic Circle in Norway, on April 17, 2015.
Olivier Morin / AFP / Getty
Jonathan Tegg requested a photo “showing the positive impact the Women's World Cup is having on young girls.” Here, Annabelle Coe, a young soccer player and USA women's soccer team fan from Las Vegas, Nevada, poses as she waits to catch a glimpse of USA players at the Memorial Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 10, 2015, during a training session ahead of their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup group D football match against Sweden.
Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty
An anonymous one-word request: “Sharks!”. I found this historic photo from around the year 1900 of an 18-foot shark caught in Port Chalmers, New Zealand.
David De Maus / Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
Z requested an image of “Canada Day.” In Toronto, a large Canadian flag is unveiled on the field on Canada Day before the start of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on July 1, 2015 at Rogers Center.
Tom Szczerbowski / Getty
R asked to see a Fennec fox. This May 19, 2013 photo shows a Fennec fox, a native to the Sahara desert in Africa, in the White desert, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) southwest of Cairo, Egypt.
Manoocher Deghati / AP
An anonymous request came in for “Guacamole recipes” for some reason. I found this maple bacon guacamole image from Concord, New Hampshire, on December 15, 2014. I was unable to find the recipe, but it appears that no peas were harmed in the making of this dish.
Matthew Mead / AP
Christian Fuchs asked to see “Last night's massive lightning storm in the #DC area.” Unfortunately, I could not find any from that date, but did find this amazing strike from a storm back in April. Lightning brightens the night sky over Washington, DC, during a rainstorm on April 20, 2015.
Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty
@theboobka asked for a photo from the current Copa America. Here Argentina's Lionel Messi kicks the ball during a Copa America semifinal soccer match against Paraguay at the Ester Roa Rebolledo Stadium in Concepcion, Chile, on June 30, 2015. Argentina beat Paraguay 6-1.
Silvia Izquierdo / AP
An anonymous request came in for “pythons”. Above, a photo of zoo owner Emmanuel Tangco as he reads a book to his snakes in his bedroom in Malabon, Metro Manila on February 3, 2013.
Erik De Castro / Reuters
@rocketdyke requested “gay rights marches throughout history.” This is one of the earliest I was able to locate: In this July 4, 1967 photo Kay Tobin Lahusen, right, and other demonstrators carry signs calling for protection of homosexuals from discrimination as they march in a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
John F. Urwiller / AP
Chris Bodenner asked to see “someone likely on drugs or heavily intoxicated.” Here you go Chris: Drunken or tired visitors in traditional Bavarian clothes take a rest during the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany.
Joerg Koch / Getty
U asks to see something from the California water crisis. Here, reservoir banks that used to be underwater are seen at Millerton Lake, on the top of the Friant Dam in Friant, California, on May 6, 2015. California's snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the state's water, is at its lowest level on record.
Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
M asked for an image from Spacex. The unmanned SpaceX Crew Dragon lifts off from launch pad 40 during a Pad Abort Test at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 6, 2015.
Scott Audette / Reuters
B requested “closeups of the GOP Presidential candidates”. A difficult task,considering how many there are currently. Here, a collage of the eyes of the 14 declared Republican presidential candidates for 2016. Left-to-right, 1st row: Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, 2nd row:Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, 3rd row: Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, 4th row: Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.
(R = Reuters) Jacquelyn Martin/AP, Jonathan Ernst/R, Richard Drew/AP, Matt Rourke/AP, Pat Sullivan/AP, Ed Munoz/R, Mary Schwalm/AP, Molly Riley/AP, Brian Snyder/R, Matt Rourke/AP, Charles Arbogast/AP, John Locher/AP, Pat Semansky/AP, Scott Applewhite/AP
M asked to see an image of urban farming around Detroit. In this July 9, 2010 photo, Adrinne Minter directs a tour group at the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit. The Detroit school, which serves pregnant and parenting teens, includes gardening and farming in its science curriculum. The teens learn the fundamentals of gardening and farming through hands-on training.
Carlos Osorio / AP
N wanted to see a “beach scene.” Here, people take advantage of warm spring weather temperatures on the beach in Nice, France, on March 31, 2015.
Eric Gaillard / Reuters
An anonymous request came in to see an image of a burning confederate flag. Here, protesters burn a paper Confederate flag during a rally on June 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The protesters were supporting the call by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol.
Ringo Chiu / Ringo H.W. Chiu / Getty
C said “with all these summer festivals, let's see some musicians performing!” Here, Paloma Faith performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 27, 2015.
Dylan Martinez / Reuters
Shadi requested “Neighborhoods destroyed in Gaza by Israel's 2014 bombing.” Here, a Palestinian woman walks among the dust and rubble of bombed homes that still wait to be demolished or rebuilt on June 15, 2015, in Gaza City, Gaza. The devastation across Gaza can still be seen nearly one year on from the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants. Money pledged by the international community six months ago to rebuild Gaza has not materialized leaving many Palestinians impoverished and still suffering with the poor economy. United Nations official figures said that the 50 day war left at least 2,189 Palestinians dead, including more than 1,486 civilians, and 11,000 injured. 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians were killed.
Christopher Furlong / Getty
C asked for something “microscopic” I found this image taken with an electronic microscope of EHEC bacteria (a strain of E. coli named enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli) in Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Brunswick.
Manfred Rohde / Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung / Ho New / Reuters
Cirith Bronwen wanted to see “brilliantly beautiful underwater pics.” From Reuters photographer David Gray, more from the Great Barrier Reef. Huts that form part of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort can be seen where a turtle digs for food among the coral in the island's lagoon, located 80 kilometers north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, on June 9, 2015.
David Gray / Reuters
H wanted “a history of Donald Trump's Toupe.” Unfortunately, that’s a long research project, but I was able to uncover this latest incarnation of Trump’s mane. A pinata depicting U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs outside a workshop in Reynosa, Mexico, on June 23, 2015. Days after billionaire Trump accused Mexico of sending criminals to live in the United States, a Mexican artisan has given angry Mexicans an outlet—a Trump pinata they can stuff with candy and beat with a stick. In the Mexican border city of Reynosa,
Daniel Becerril / Reuters
An anonymous request for an image of “foreign military hardware.“ Here, a Russian T-80 main battle tank fires during a show at a shooting range in Alabino, outside of Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2015. Russia’s military this year alone will receive over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said in a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.
Ivan Sekretarev / AP
Ernesta Orlovaitė wrote: “I'd love a picture of the Soviet army leaving Lithuania in 1990s—my mom has told me stories of us watching tanks leave our city, but (somewhat annoyingly) I cannot remember that!” Here, residents cheer and wave as a column of armed vehicles carrying former Soviet troops leaves Vilnius on March 3, 1992. The unit was the first of former Soviet armed forces scheduled to withdraw from Lithuania. The last Soviet troops left Lithuania in August of 1993.
Mendaugus Kublis / Mendaugu.S. Kublis / AP
Josh Catalfo said “I'd like to see some recent volcano eruption photos.” Here, ash spews from Mount Sinabung volcano during eruption as seen from Beras Tepu village in Karo Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, on June 29, 2015. More than 10,000 people from 12 villages, who are living around the slopes of Mount Sinabung, left their homes and moved to refugee camps, local media reported.
Beawiharta Beawiharta / Reuters
Mansur wrote to ask for “a photo album of American's in their (often low wage) jobs in the service sector.” I don’t have room for a whole album here (perhaps in the future), but did find this image of single mother Delores Leonard in Chicago, Illinois. Here, she leans on a fence as she waits for her bus after working a shift at a McDonald's Restaurant on September 25, 2014. Leonard, a single mother raising two daughters, has been working at McDonald's for seven years and has never made more than minimum wage. Reuters also showed a pay stub from Leonard, showing that in one pay period, she worked 40.59 hours at a rate of $8.25 an hour, taking home $292.52 after taxes.
Jim Young / Reuters
Kiwi asked to see an image from “the last flying year for the Avro Vulcan.” Here, the Vulcan flying by the Welsh Marches. The photographer writes: “Having seen the aircraft once before - over thirty years ago looking down from a mountain as it flew into Glencoe - I'd always wanted to see it again. This is planned to be its last year of flying so I headed down to the Welsh Marches to see it.”
J asked to see a playful raccoon. Here, Masha, a female raccoon, plays with plastic dishes in a pot filled with water, placed by zoo employees, inside an enclosure at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on June 7, 2015.
Ilya Naymushin / Reuters
Denis Balibouse asked for “anything with snow.” Here, tourists from Saudi Arabia enjoy a ride on a bobsled on the glacier of the Kitzsteinhorn mountain in Kaprun, in the Austrian province of Salzburg, on June 10, 2015. This alpine area around Kaprun and Zell am See is a popular holiday destination for people from Saudi Arabia. For many of them it is the first contact with snow in their life.
Kerstin Joensson / AP
R asked to see recent “fires at black churches in the south.” Here, fire crews try to control a blaze at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina in a June 30, 2015 photo. The African-American church, which was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, was the scene of another blaze on Tuesday, officials said, though the cause was not immediately clear. Lightning is now suspected as a possible cause. The fire came amid a rash of fires that have erupted at black churches across the U.S. south, at least two of which have already been declared as deliberate.
M asked to see “that cheese rolling event.” Here, in 2014, competitors tumble down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a round Double Gloucester cheese during the annual cheese rolling and wake near the village of Brockworth in western England, on May 26. With a disputed history dating back to at least the 1800s, the annual Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling involves hordes of fearless competitors chasing an eight pound Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. The slope has a gradient in places of 1-in-2 and in others 1-in-1, its surface is very rough and uneven and it is almost impossible to remain on foot for the descent. The winner of the race down the hill wins the cheese.
Justin Tallis / AFP / Getty
An anonymous request came in to see images from “Greece's crisis.” Here, pensioners try to get a number to enter inside a bank in Athens on July 1, 2015. About 1,000 bank branches around the country were ordered by the government to reopen Wednesday to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to 120 euros ($134) from their retirement checks. Eurozone finance ministers were set to weigh Greece's latest proposal for aid Wednesday.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP
@mikepucher wanted to see “Winter in New Zealand.” I wasn’t able to find many recent images of NZ winter, but did find another winter scene from the southern hemisphere: Colombian tourists take pictures at the El Colorado ski center at Los Andes Mountain range, near Santiago, Chile, on July 1, 2015. Due to a severe drought, the ski center uses artificial snow machines to keep the ski slopes ready for tourists and residents.
Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters
Anonymous asked to see a photo of “Scalia looking grumpy.” Finding images of a grumpy Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia proved to be difficult, as most photos I found showed him smiling or laughing. This is about as close as I could get, but ‘grumpy’ is in the eye of the beholder. Here, Supreme Court Justice Scalia speaks to an audience gathered at Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colorado, on October 1, 2014.
Brennan Linsley / AP
J wanted to see an image of “relaxing.” I can’t think of a better photo: A German tourist floats in the Aegean sea in Arcadia prefecture, south of Athens, on July 3, 2013.