The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012


 
Message from Twister Sifter and we just love all the work this BLOG does to compile all these pictures like they did for 2011. 
 

After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, we promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.

It’s hard to believe we’re at the halfway point for 2012. With that, here are the Sifter’s Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ for this year. If any image really intrigues you, be sure to click the title link or picture itself. That will take you to the individual post page where you can find out more information.

Enjoy! And stay Sifty my friends :)

 

seahorse checks out divers watch and own reflection underwater

WELCOME # 178 – Democratic Republic of the Congo Population: 71,712,867


# 178 Country to visit our BLOG.  Bring it on Congo!  We really need to plan on visiting all of Africa one Day!
 Background
Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the then-Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965 coup. He subsequently changed his name – to MOBUTU Sese Seko – as well as that of the country – to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his position for 32 years through several sham elections, as well as through brutal force. Ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the toppling of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by Laurent KABILA. He renamed the country the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in August 1998 his regime was itself challenged by a second insurrection again backed by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened to support KABILA’s regime. A cease-fire was signed in July 1999 by the DRC, Congolese armed rebel groups, Angola, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe but sporadic fighting continued. Laurent KABILA was assassinated in January 2001 and his son, Joseph KABILA, was named head of state. In October 2002, the new president was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of Rwandan forces occupying eastern Congo; two months later, the Pretoria Accord was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity. A transitional government was set up in July 2003. Joseph KABILA as president and four vice presidents represented the former government, former rebel groups, the political opposition, and civil society. The transitional government held a successful constitutional referendum in December 2005 and elections for the presidency, National Assembly, and provincial legislatures in 2006. The National Assembly was installed in September 2006 and KABILA was inaugurated president in December 2006. Provincial assemblies were constituted in early 2007, and elected governors and national senators in January 2007. The next national elections are scheduled for November 2011. Continue reading

Tempe, Arizona – Sedona & Grand Canyon


June 2012 – Business & Pleasure (all pics are clickable for HiRez size)

June 15th – June 18th Leslie was taking a course about Hospital Development and Organ Donation.  Cheryl flew down on the 15th for some R & R while I was in my course.  Great course sponsored by NATCO and was useful to attend even though we do things much differently in Canada.

While we were away Cheryl’s cousin Taylor and boyfriend Dave took care of our “kids” and house…they have a little Chihuahua, Olive which made 4 dogs and an elderly cat for them to care for over a week. They always help out these “kids” and that also meant they were here for 44 days last summer while we were up north. We trust them immensely.

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LOVE the smell of new Tires!


Well, it’s that time again to get new “shoes” put on our bikes.  I am amazed at the range we seem to be getting out of the Heidenau K60 tires.  Leslie is over 23,000 KM now and Cheryl has over 19,000 KM’s on hers.  Keep the PSI up and they last without jeopardizing the tread.  We both still have tread left on our present tires but since we are going away and could be doing up to 10,000 KM in July we thought what the hell…get some new rubber.  Continue reading

Intro to OUR Cager Adventure – to be con’t


When we get home I will put together a post showing all that we did while down in Arizona once Leslie’s course was finished.  First few days were business and then we had 4 days to explore.  Goal was to see the Grand Canyon as much as we could.  We drove, yes I mean drove our bikes are at home, over 1000 miles in 3 days.  It was HOT but fun. ALL PICS ARE CLICKABLE for HiRES

Here are a few sample pics we took while driving in our a/c cage! ;-)

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#177 Country to Visit our BLOG – Aland Islands Population: 5,259,250


 Background
Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It won its complete independence in 1917. During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its freedom and resist invasions by the Soviet Union – albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, the Finns made a remarkable transformation from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is now among the highest in Western Europe. A member of the European Union since 1995, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro system at its initiation in January 1999. In the 21st century, the key features of Finland’s modern welfare state are a high standard of education, equality promotion, and national social security system – currently challenged by an aging population and the fluctuations of an export-driven economy. Continue reading