The character who can do anything: Woody

Most of us have a bucket list of things we want (or would like) to do in our lifetime. Whether it’s traveling to exotic locations, learning to cook delicious meals or taking on a dream job — we’ve all got something.

Nicolas Vallejos, known on Flickr as ANVRecife, had the same desire, which is in part why he started taking pictures of a character he calls Woody.

“Woody is a catalyst for fun,” he says in the accompanying video. “He can be anything, go anywhere. There’s no limit to what he can do!”

Nicolas’ favorite photos are those shots where Woody represents his alter-ego.

In his life, Nicolas always dreamed about being an astronaut, a biker doing 360 degrees spins, a sushi chef or a baker. One of his favorites is Woody getting a tattoo.

“I always wanted a tattoo and design it myself, but never had the courage to do it!” Nicolas says. “But Woody can. He basically can be anything that I wanted to be and didn’t have either the time, patience or skills. And taking those pictures are the most fun.”

Woody's secret

Radical decay

Photography has always a big part of Nicolas’ life. As a design manager in Minneapolis, he was used to directing photo shoots but wanted a more fun and hands on approach.

Nicolas discovered Woody in 2003 while shopping at IKEA. He noticed a bin full of wooden dolls and without question he realized he found his muse for his macro photography.

A la Norman Rockwell

“I just looked at him and thought ‘Oh my god, I can actually use him as my model!’” Nicolas says. “The moment I picked him up and instantly knew I had something special.”

What excites Nicolas about Woody is the figure provides many challenges as well as possibilities. In the beginning, one of his biggest hurdles was how to convey emotion from something inanimate that has no facial expressions. Nicolas discovered he could achieve this with different body movements, colors, lighting and backgrounds. One of his favorite examples is Slow, where he created a sense of darkness and emotion with the simplest lighting and use of shadows.

Levitation Weightless exploration

Nicolas also loves to use Woody to represent visual metaphors for those situations humans can’t do.

“I think people would love to have a restart button in their lives,” Nicolas describes. “For example, if they’re going through a rough patch, wouldn’t it be great if they had a CONTROL Z or restart button? Woody can do that!”


When Nicolas claims Woody can be anyone, he means it — including famous icons. Woody has impersonated everyone from Che Guevara, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise to even Michael Jackson!

At the end of the day, Nicolas wants people to laugh and be wow’d by what they see in Woody. To date, Nicolas has taken over 300 shots in the last six years and knows there’s still more Woody has left to do.

Be my valentine...

“People always ask me what will Woody do next?” Nicolas says. “And I always say, ‘You tell me!’ Woody represents all of us. And it’s exciting to know that every challenge I get, Woody is going to come to the rescue, bring my ideas to life that people will hopefully connect with. And I love it.”

Visit Nicolas’ photostream for more of his photography.

Tweet us your ideas about what Woody should do next: @TheWeeklyFlickr #WOODY

Yahoooo! thank you MM

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#FlickrFriday: Glorious Morning


Restless   Glorious Morning

131/365 - Glorious Morning

A commuters dream   Prairie Crocus, Pasque flower

19/52: Melancholy sublime

Glorious Morning - #FlickrFriday   Capturing the Sunrise

Out Fishing

# Last Flickr Friday we told you to rub the sleep out of your eyes and greet a new day with your favorite camera for our latest theme Glorious Morning.

And you got up with the sun to capture some wonderful shots of flora in the pristine dawn, breakfast table staples, and other moments caught up in that beautifying, early-morning light. Don’t miss all the contributions in the Flickr Friday group pool, and stay tuned for our next challenge that we’ll announce soon!

Photos from johannekekroesbergen, carrie120505, noblueskies, Gunn Point, Mister T’, John in Calgary, Ivana Vasilj, Derek Hall, YliramBlog, and moke076.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for more.

Posted by Thea Lamkin

Wild whale breaching

Sperm whale calf

Breach closeup

Head Lunge and Fields


Chin slap

Witnessing whales as they break water surfaces (aka breaching) is an enthralling experience in the wild. From a chin slap to a full-body aerial, this lunging behavior displays the impressive power and imposing size of these marine behemoths.

Seasickness, extreme patience, luck, timing, balance — all factors in seizing moments to shoot exciting whale shots like the ones featured here.

See more photos in the Whale Breaches gallery.

Photos from Justin Hart, Lacewing!, EricOPhotos, evanffitzer, and Tom Clifton

Posted by Arnold Chao

Generation I.O.U.

2011 10 06 - 1237 - Washington DC - Occupy DC

June 6, 2012 - NYC March in solidarity with the protesters of Quebec

Student Loans

If you are a parent or a student, you know that the costs of a U.S. college education have skyrocketed in recent years. What you may not know is that the annual cost of a four-year degree has surged three times the pace of inflation since the 1970s.

As college graduation season gets under way, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance and The Daily Ticker are teaming up to produce a special live streaming event on May 23 at 12:30 pm ET around the rising cost of college.

Have you ever wondered if going to college is worth it? Or wondered how you might pay for your four-year education? Are you concerned about how to find a good paying job after school?

Tell your story and get your questions answered by a panel of experts!

Share your story and questions by uploading a short video to the Generation I.O.U. group or send an email at

Photos from thisisbossi, Mattron, and phildesignart.

Posted by Stacy Curtin

Loaded with red colors

82/365_Cady fins

Northern cardinal male


Wasaga (Ombrelle Traditionnelle Japonaise) - Kyoto - Japon (#EXPLORE)

seeing red


La dame à la rose rouge

Petrified wood

vele nel fuoco

A photo assortment focused on various red colors captured in a variety of scenes, things, and wildlife.

See, and share, more photos like these in the Everything Red gallery and RED Photos Only group.

Photos from red stilletto, shrikehunter, pollylew, Micky75017, Rob-Shanghai, Shawn-Yang, Larch, Thad Zajdowicz, and lapeppina.

Posted by Arnold Chao

World’s tallest rock: Peña de Bernal Natural Monument

Peña de Bernal

Peña de Bernal

Peña de Bernal


This monolithic rock called Peña de Bernal (Bernal’s Boulder or Bernal Peak) in Querétaro, Mexico, has come into the limelight after a recent geological study conducted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Researchers discovered that the freestanding monument formed almost 9 million years ago when a tectonic plate slipped under an adjacent plate, and its height of 1,421 feet surpasses other comparable monoliths, such as Europe’s Rock of Gibraltar and South America’s Sugarloaf Mountain.

Explore more views of this record-breaking rock, and its surrounding vicinity, in the World’s Tallest Rock gallery.

Photos from gabojor, Yow Wray, soy vaL, Oscar Glez, and ptorresmx.

Posted by Arnold Chao

Ballooning to view Bagan’s architecture

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Balloon flight over Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan Hot Air Balloon View

Bagan - Balloons over Bagan

Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan has a unique landscape speckled with over 2,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas that were built during the 9th to 13th centuries. Balloon rides provide spectacular views of the city’s historic Burmese architecture.

See more photos from the Ballooning at Bagan gallery and Balloons over Bagan group.

Photos from rome_rome, kiwi vic, ross_123, and Thomas G. from U..

Posted by Arnold Chao

The Weekly Flickr celebrates Mother’s Day

In this edition of The Weekly Flickr, we asked you to help us celebrate those special women in our lives: mothers. We wanted you to share your photos of them and tell us the best advice she’s ever given to you. What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to hear their wise words that inspire our lives!

We received countless photos and testimonials from participants, and here you’ll find a selection of them submitted to us. Happy Mother’s Day!

After you’ve watched the video, be sure to check out the photos in our “Mother’s Day” galleries.

My Mom

“The best advice she gave me is to lead a happy, healthy and full life — such as hers. I need to be mentally and physically strong, which is possible if I keep myself fully engaged in activities I enjoy and avoid worrying.” -KV Gopalakrishnan


“The best advice my mother gave me was, ‘Don’t ever let the negative things in life get you down.’” – ✈ Sean Marc Lee 李子仁

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

“The best advice my mom ever gave me was to save money. It sure has come in handy at times when I’ve wanted to buy something that wasn’t necessary, and I would think of mom and usually decide against the purchase. My mom is the best, and she certainly had a lot of advice, but I think ‘save money’ is my favorite.” – Doggie Luver

My mother! <3

“The best advice she ever gave me was you have to remember to always smile and keep your head up because your smile could make anyone’s day. I’m not saying don’t be sad, we need a little sadness to truly appreciate the good in our lives. But at the end of the day, knowing you made someone’s day with just a smile will always put a smile on your face. I’m not going to be with you forever, but I want the image of your smile to be my last memory; that, would be my heaven.” – Omolade A. Oke | Human

Io e Vini

“More than advice, she is my example and shows me how to be better all the time.” – M.Moraes Fotografia

Mom and I

“The best advice my mom gave me was to work hard and get along with others.” – disneymike

Mom's 96th Birthday Portrait

“My mother told me to notice all the beauties of the world.” – Room With A View

Mom, absorbing

“The best advice my mom gave me was to lead by example, to never forget where I come from and be proud of who I am.” - patrick j. clarke

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#FlickrFriday: Repetition

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The commander

Day In, Day Out.

Infinity lift

Giraffe Stirrers. Nature's Way 18/52

Carpark transformed  by the dawn to "the red balloon" factory #flickrfriday #repetition

# Last Flickr Friday all we said was “Flickr Friday, Flickr Friday, Flickr Friday”, introducing our latest theme Repetition.

And you went out to gather beautiful repetitions: We saw repetitions in architecture, celebrating, colorful crowds, fractals in nature, and many other wonderful patterns all around you. Don’t miss all the contributions in the Flickr Friday group pool, and stay tuned for our next challenge that we’ll announce in less than a day!

Photos from Tobias Hone, Daniel Friesenecker, Dennis Dekkers, Beeches Photography, Alan Swan!, KhanaSpector, AJaaay, and gerard ferry.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for more.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Pritzker Prize Laureate of 2013: Architect Toyo Ito

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Porta Fira Towers | Barcelona, Spain | Toyo Ito

Hugo Boss Store on the Passeig de Gracia


562 國家體育場/National Stadium(2009 World Games Stadium)

Tree-like Rainforced Concrete Structure

In the ’70s, the now 71-year-old Toyo Ito combined words “urban” and “robot” into Urbot for his studio’s name in Japan, beginning a decades-long journey to career prominence. He’s labeled as a pioneer of conceptual architecture, a design approach that’s inspired by ideas external to the industry’s traditional guiding principles. As this year’s recipient of the highest honor in architecture — the Pritzker Prize — Ito’s vision in creating buildings for public environments is always forward-thinking. “I will never fix my architectural style and never be satisfied with my works,” he states in the official announcement of the award.

Explore more of his works in the Architecture by Toyo Ito gallery, Toyo Ito / 伊東豐雄 group, and see works by prestigious architects in the Pritzker Laureates group.

Photos from Pete Sieger, j.towbin,, Londer, and guen-k.

Posted by Arnold Chao