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   January 2005

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Postcard Thumbnail (see caption) Sizzling Celebration

A mountain of grapevines will soon compete with fireworks to light up the night on the eve of the feast of Sant' Antonio Abate in Novoli, Italy. The annual Catholic rite, practiced along the Adriatic coast, has roots dating back to pre-Christian people known as Italic.

Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta
From Italy Before the Romans, National Geographic magazine, January 2005

Postcard Thumbnail (see caption) The Right Spot

The speckled color of the alpine lily takes the Yosemite stage between July and September, a bloom period determined by elevation.

Photograph by Phil Schermeister
From Beyond the Valley of Wonders, National Geographic magazine, January 2005

Postcard Thumbnail (see caption) A holiday gift to enjoy all year long...

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A polar bear naps on its mother's back near Churchill, Canada.

Photograph by Norbert Rosing
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