Bicycle Ride, Japan
Photograph by Sun Jie, My ShotA couple riding a bicycle in front of me, Shinsaibashi, Osaka

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? Many times what makes a photograph special are the small details that you don’t notice right away. I was first drawn to this photograph by the moment captured—part of the blur of city life. But what I love most are the high-heeled shoes worn by the woman perched on the back of the bicycle. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor
Sami Herder, Scandinavia
Photograph by Erika LarsenJohan Kuhmunen, with his dog Cammu, lives in Sweden, but the summertime range for his family’s herd crosses into Norway. The Sami tradition of learning from the elders is an important part of reindeer herding, and knowledge is passed down from generation to generation and not learned in books.
Infinity Pool, Singapore
Photograph by Chia Ming ChienThe vertiginous “infinity pool” at the Marina Bay Sands resort offers a sweeping view of Singapore, a country that’s achieved success while building up instead of out.
Six-year-old Johanna Gill puts a protective hand on her sister, Eva. The twins both have mild autism, a disorder linked to genetic inheritance.

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A Thing or Two About Twins
They have the same piercing eyes. The same color hair. One may be shy, while the other loves meeting new people. Discovering why identical twins differ—despite having the same DNA—could reveal a great deal about all of us.
Photographs by Martin Schoeller
Geisha, Kyoto
Photograph by Clancy LethbridgeWithin an ultramodern society Japan still maintains traditions passed down from generation to generation, making it one of the most beautiful and intriguing places in the world.
Western Wall, Jerusalem
Photograph by Johannes OstermanEvery Sabbath, the ultra-Orthodox Jews gather at the Western Wall to pray. The wall is the only remnant of the Holy Temple and has become a place for pilgrimage within Judaism.
Sami
Gällivare, Sweden
Photographed by Erika Larsen
NOVEMBER ISSUESven Skaltje was saddened to find the carcasses of two female reindeer whose antlers had become entangled during a dominance struggle in northern Sweden. He estimates it took three days for them to die of starvation. After separating the bodies, he saw from the ear markings that one belonged to him and the other to his cousin. Skaltje is much admired by the younger Sami in his herding group, but he is unsure whether the skills he teaches them will endure.