A meal is prepared at Long Son Island, Vietnam, as an offering is made in celebration of the end of the harvest season.
Marissa Wong and Daniel Gould embrace one another at the Prospect Park subway stop in Brooklyn New York, on September 5, 2011.
In Times Square in New York City, NY, from left, Shawn Jackson relaxes in the "Meeting Bowls" while her daughter Jamilah Jackson massages the back of her uncle Ernani Silva on September 4, 2011.
The space shuttle Endeavor flies by Griffith Observatory on its final voyage to the California Science Center, in Los Angeles, Calif., on Friday, September 21, 2012.
On the third day of debates in the Supreme Court over the individual mandate law put forth by President Obama, Holly Harness (left), a supporter of the health care law, argues with Susan Clark, an opponent of the law, outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (©2012 NPR)
From Left, Christine Fidler, Rena Pezzuto and Vera Dragicevich cemebrate after the announcement is made that incumbent president Barack Obama has won the presidential election, on November 6, 2012, at the Ventura County Democratic Party Headquarters, in Camarillo, Calif.
Christian McNall reaches out to the shadow of his mother, Angel McNall, inside the "walk in balloon" at the Fourth Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, in Santa Paula, Calif., on July 29, 2011.
From left: Ian Mc Donald, Jared Korte and Mircea Brown engage in a game of "chase Jared" staed Mc Donald at Emma Woods State Beach in Ventura, California, on February 28, 2010.
Throughout the Mekong Delta rice paddies cover the landscape. Workers plant crops submerged in water and later will harvest from a field in An Giang province in Vietnam.
Julian Solis grills chicken in the parking lot of a grocery store on Ventura, Ave., in Ventura, Calif., on November 10, 2012.
Stan Peregien assists his elderly mother Evelyn Spradling as they leave the Ventura Pier after watching the sunrise, on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in Ventura, Calif. "We just wanted her to see this place one last time," stated Peregien who traveled with his mother, sick with Alzheimer\’s, from Edmond, Okla.
Guy Wilson covers a disoriented young pelican who was spotted on the hillside roughly a mile from the shore on August 13, 2012, in Ventura, Calif. Wilson brought the bird to his home and phoned animal rescue who cleaned and fed the pelican before turning it loose again.
District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, is predominantly a manufacturing district. Around the holidays many of its Catholic residents collaborate to craft lanterns to be strung throughout the entire city.
Rice is cultivated on eighty two percent of the arable land in Vietnam. It is often said that the three meals in a day consists of rice and something else. If rice is not eaten then anything else is not a meal but a snack.
Irving Medina, owner of ADR Motosports in North Hollywood, Calif., poses for a portrait on July 30, 2011.
Mark Melton stopped to take 2 hours out of his day to help Justin Covington (not pictured) fix a defective U joint in his Jeep Wrangler on October 1, 2009, in Ventura, Calif. "I'm just workin on my karma" stated Melton who had previously never met Covington.
Long Son Island in the Great Hall where the people maintain a traditional way of life that has been passed down for generations in Vietnam.
A view of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower and tribute lights from the 48th floor of WTC 7 in Manhattan, NY on September 10, 2011.
Reflected in the South fountain of the 9/11 memorial are from left, the Mercantile Exchange, Freedom Tower and WTC 7. The memorial opened to the public on the day after the tenth anniversary of 9/11, with the completion of the World Trade Center scheduled for 2013.
The Washington Monument is reflected in the Tidal Basin on March 21, 2012, during the one-hundredth anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.