A White Plains, New York, woman decided to go for a hike with her little girls today, and she happened to run into a very famous person.

This is what Margot Gerster wrote about her chance run-in with Hillary Clinton:

“I’ve been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking. So I decided to take them to one of favorite places in Chappaqua. We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was. I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her. She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I’m not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one. So proud. #iamstillwithher #lovetrumpshate #keepfighting #lightfollowsdarkness”


‘Oh Boy’ (A Coffee in Berlin), Jan Ole Gerster (2012)

Do you know what it’s like… to have the feeling that all the people around you are honestly kind of weird? But when you think it over, then it becomes clear that the problem is with yourself.

National Geographic August 1975

The Niger: River of Sorrow, River of Hope

Earmarks of wealth among the  Fulanis, giant gold ornaments festoon a woman at Dialloube; a head strap often helps support the heavy earrings. As a family’s fortunes increase, more gold may be hammered onto the jewelry. Gleaming filigree—an art form among the Niger—harks back to an age wen West African monarchs cornered the bulk of the continent’s known gold supply. One 11th century Ghanaian king reportedly possessed a nugget so large that he tethered his horse to it.

Photographs by Georg Gerster, Ph.D.