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The Hearst Castle is no doubt the main attraction in San Simeon but many are not aware of the sprawling 82,000 acre working cattle ranch that surrounds the grounds of William Randolph Hearst’s expansive, opulent estate. The ranch land is so immense it’s said 5 Manhattans can fit inside  it’s acreage that stretches to the Pacific.

Although closed to the public, visitors can check out the quaint village of San Simeon, once a part of the Ranch in the 1860’s when it was a whaling village. Located across Highway 1 from the entrance to the castle, San Simeon is a beautiful, scenic place to visit offering kayaking, hiking along the rugged cliffs in the forest high above the Pacific and wine tasting from the Hearst Winery in nearby Paso Robles.

Hearst Castle Historian Victoria Kastner’s recently published book,  “Hearst Ranch: Family, Land and Legacy," features never before seen images of the ranch and its history.

More details here on how to get on the ranch for a special yearly event.

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Photo of the Day: Giraffe Family

Photography by Gonçalo Barriga (Paço de Arcos, Portugal); Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

(Reblogged from smithsonianmag)

 “It puts Buckingham Palace to shame… it looks like a weird dictatorship theme park.”

One peek inside ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych’s $75 million opulent mansion and you’ll understand why the Ukrainians protested.  

Despite being filled with extravagant items (A $30 million chandelier, a personal golf course) there was very little looting by the Ukrainian people, many who live in near poverty.

Check out this VICE reporter’s tour of the mansion.

On this day in 1969 Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman. They were together for 29 years until her death in 1998. They met at the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” album launch party Linda was photographing in 1967.  Although she stopped taking photographs professionally after she had her family, Linda continued to snap intimate family moments which were compiled in the 2011 book, "Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs." 

A retrospective of her work is on exhibit at the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, France through May 4.

An eerie resemblance between the protests in Kiev’s Independence Square and Victor Hugo’s Paris 1832 uprising in “Les Miserables.”

As far as barricades go, not much has changed since the 19th century.

One from the archives for the Olympics. A little history on Russian artist Kazimir Malevich who was featured during the opening ceremonies.

 During the tumultuous years before the Russian Revolution, Malevich worked with other Suprematist artists in a peasant/artisan co-operative in Skoptsi and Verbovka. This small community of Russian avant-garde poets and visual artists invented a new relationship between word and image to express their central preoccupations with primitivism, Russian Orthodoxy, urban apocalypse, and verbal explosion. Read more here

Photos of ordinary Russian citizens offer a glimpse of life in Sochi before the Olympics. More here from my review of The Sochi Project, a 5 year study by Dutch photojournalist Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.

Photo Credit: Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery. All images from The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013).

On display at the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. an exhibit of photos from Team Rubicon’s  first day of deployment to the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The exhibit, on view through the end of the month at Romulo Hall, is open to the public. 

Founded in 2010 in the aftermath of Haiti Earthquake, Team Rubicon is a disaster relief organization which combines the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders. To learn more about Team Rubicon please watch this video taken during the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Just try not to shed a tear.

Last weekend for Lewis Hines exhibits documenting the building of the Empire State Building, child labor laws and immigration in early 20th century at International Center of Photography.  NYC