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Sunrise and fog over Canola Fields, Luoping, China. Limestone/Karst hills.

Howdy, my name is Rawhide Kobayashi. I’m a 27 year old Japanese Japamerican (western culture fan for you foreigners). I brand and wrangle cattle on my ranch, and spend my days perfecting the craft and enjoying superior American passtimes. (Barbeque, Rodeo, Fireworks) I train with my branding iron every day, this superior weapon can permanently leave my ranch embled on a cattle’s hide because it is white-hot, and is vastly superior to any other method of livestock marking. I earned my branding license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day. I speak English fluently, both Texas and Oklahoma dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about American history and their cowboy code, which I follow 100% When I get my American visa, I am moving to Dallas to work in an oil field to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become a cattle wrangler for the Double Cross Ranch or an oil rig operator for Exxon-Mobil! I own several cowboy hats, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to America, so I can fit in easier. I rebel against my elders and seniors and speak English as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond. Wish me luck in America!

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Qayyarah. October 19, 2016. An Iraqi man walks on a street covered with smoke after oil wells were set ablaze about 60 kilometres south of Mosul.

Photograph: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty

An oil rig sits in the eastern Texas Panhandle under siege from lightning on every side of it on Sunday evening. I could not have been more fortunate to capture this image, as a road literally came off of the highway to give me this perfect angle with the rig and the lightning. For those who have tried photographing storms in the Texas Panhandle, you know how such things rarely line up completely like this!