For one last look back at the news of 2008, check out The Big Picture’s three-part series, with 120 large format news photos from around the world spread over three entries: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
If you glance through them, you’ll be struck by a couple of things. One is the sheer variety of people, places and events on this planet. Millions of people we’ve never met or given thought to are engaged in activities we’ve never contemplated — the Argungu fishing festival in Nigeria, for example, or dozens of Maasai warriors doing battle with bows and arrows. No photos from Kentucky, but many are from the U.S.
The second dominant feeling is sadness at the violence and tragedy in the world. Hundreds of people are fighting (against other men, against the elements, against themselves) and dying in every corner of the earth. The consequences of our actions — of our sin — are inescapable. And yet, there is hope in Christ.
Three photos, one from each section (click on each photo for a larger version, which you really need to do because the format is cutting them off):
Buildings and debris are seen floating in the Cedar River against a railroad bridge Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Days after it rose out of its banks on its way to record flooding in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River has forced at least 24,000 people from their homes, emergency officials said. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama waves to the crowd at a rally in the rain at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Plus a few other cool ones for good measure:
People drop lines in holes on a frozen river at an event to fish trout in Hwacheon, South Korea, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the demilitarised zone separating two Koreas, northeast of Seoul January 13, 2008. More than 1,000,000 people attend at the annual ice festival which lasts for three weeks in January. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won)
A U.S. Marine, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan May 18, 2008. The Marine was not injured. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)