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East of the Cascades, a large region experiences strong rain shadow effects. Semi-arid conditions occur in much of eastern Washington with the strongest rain shadow effects at the relatively low elevations of the central Columbia Plateau —especially the region just east of the Columbia River from about the Snake River to the Okanagan Highland.

Thus, instead of rain forests, much of eastern Washington is covered with grassland and shrub-steppe. Both records were set east of the Cascades. Western Washington is known for its mild climate, considerable fog, frequent cloud cover, and long-lasting drizzles in the winter, and warm, temperate summers.

The Eastern region occasionally experiences extreme climate. Arctic cold fronts in the winter and heat waves in the summer are not uncommon. The Pacific shore surrounding the San Juan Islands are heavily inhabited with killer, gray, and humpback whales. Mammals native to the state include the bat , black bear , bobcat , cougar , coyote , deer , elk , gray wolf , moose , mountain beaver , muskrat , opossum , pocket gopher , raccoon , river otter , skunk , and tree squirrel.

This range includes raptors, shorebirds, woodland birds, grassland birds, ducks, and others. There are five species of salmon that ascend the Western Washington area, from streams to spawn. Washington has a variety of National Park Service units. The skeletal remains of Kennewick Man , one of the oldest and most complete human remains found in North America, were discovered in Washington.

Prominent among their industries were salmon fishing and, notably among the Makah , whale hunting. The peoples of the Interior had a very different subsistence-based culture based on hunting, food-gathering and some forms of agriculture, as well as a dependency on salmon from the Columbia and its tributaries.

The smallpox epidemic of the s devastated the Native American population. The first recorded European landing on the Washington coast was by Spanish Captain Don Bruno de Heceta in , on board the Santiago , part of a two-ship flotilla with the Sonora. He claimed the coastal lands up to Prince William Sound for Spain as part of their claimed rights under the Treaty of Tordesillas , which they maintained made the Pacific a "Spanish lake" and all its shores part of the Spanish Empire.

It was not discovered until Charles William Barkley , captain of the Imperial Eagle , sighted it in The straits were further explored by Spanish explorers Manuel Quimper in and Francisco de Eliza in , and British explorer George Vancouver in The British-Spanish Nootka Convention of ended Spanish claims of exclusivity and opened the Northwest Coast to explorers and traders from other nations, most notably Britain and Russia as well as the fledgling United States.

He named the river after his ship, the Columbia. Beginning in , Gray established trade in sea otter pelts. The Lewis and Clark Expedition entered the state on October 10, Explorer David Thompson , on his voyage down the Columbia River camped at the confluence with the Snake River on July 9, , and erected a pole and a notice claiming the country for Great Britain and stating the intention of the North West Company to build a trading post at the site.

Britain and the United States agreed to what has since been described as "joint occupancy" of lands west of the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean as part of the Anglo-American Convention of , which established the 49th Parallel as the international boundary west from Lake of the Woods to the Rocky Mountains.

Resolution of the territorial and treaty issues, west to the Pacific, were deferred until a later time. Spain, in , ceded their rights north of the 42nd Parallel to the United States, although these rights did not include possession. Negotiations with Great Britain over the next few decades failed to settle upon a compromise boundary and the Oregon boundary dispute was highly contested between Britain and the United States. Disputed joint-occupancy by Britain and the U. With American settlers pouring into Oregon Country , Hudson's Bay Company , which had previously discouraged settlement because it conflicted with the fur trade, reversed its position in an attempt to maintain British control of the Columbia District.

Despite such efforts, Britain eventually ceded all claims to land south of the 49th parallel to the United States in the Oregon Treaty on June 15, In , a group of missionaries, including Marcus Whitman , established several missions and Whitman's own settlement Waiilatpu, in what is now southeastern Washington state, near present day Walla Walla County , in territory of both the Cayuse and the Nez Perce Indian tribes. Whitman's settlement would in help the Oregon Trail , the overland emigration route to the west, get established for thousands of emigrants in following decades.

Marcus provided medical care for the Native Americans, but when Indian patients — lacking immunity to new, "European" diseases — died in striking numbers, while at the same time many white patients recovered, they held "medicine man" Marcus Whitman personally responsible, and murdered Whitman and twelve other white settlers in the Whitman massacre in This event triggered the Cayuse War between settlers and Indians.

Fort Nisqually , a farm and trading post of the Hudson's Bay Company and the first European settlement in the Puget Sound area, was founded in They settled in Washington to avoid Oregon's discriminatory settlement laws. The growing populace of Oregon Territory north of the Columbia River formally requested a new territory, which was granted by the U.

The creation of Idaho Territory in established the final eastern border. A Washington State constitution was drafted and ratified in , but it was never officially adopted. It was used extensively during the drafting of Washington State's constitution, the one and only official Constitution of the State of Washington.

Washington became the 42nd state in the United States on November 11, Early prominent industries in the state included agriculture and lumber. In eastern Washington, the Yakima River Valley became known for its apple orchards, while the growth of wheat using dry farming techniques became particularly productive.

Heavy rainfall to the west of the Cascade Range produced dense forests, and the ports along Puget Sound prospered from the manufacturing and shipping of lumber products, particularly the Douglas fir. Other industries that developed in the state included fishing, salmon canning and mining. For a long period, Tacoma had large smelters where gold, silver, copper, and lead ores were treated. Seattle was the primary port for trade with Alaska and the rest of the country, and for a time, it possessed a large ship-building industry.

During the Great Depression , a series of hydroelectric dams were constructed along the Columbia river as part of a project to increase the production of electricity. This culminated in with the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam , the largest concrete structure in the United States. During World War II, the state became a focus for war industries. While the Boeing Company produced many of the nation's heavy bombers , ports in Seattle, Bremerton , Vancouver , and Tacoma were available for the manufacture of warships.

Seattle was the point of departure for many soldiers in the Pacific, a number of whom were quartered at Golden Gardens Park. In eastern Washington, the Hanford Works atomic energy plant was opened in , and played a major role in the construction of the nation's atomic bombs. On May 18, , following a period of heavy tremors and eruptions, the northeast face of Mount St. Helens erupted violently , destroying a large part of the top of the volcano.

The eruption flattened the forests, killed 57 people, flooded the Columbia River and its tributaries with ash and mud, and blanketed large parts of Washington eastward and other surrounding states in ash, making day look like night. The Washington state Office of Financial Management pegged the state population at 7,, as of April 1, As of the Census, the population of Washington was 6,, The center of population of Washington in was in an unpopulated part of the Cascade Mountains in rural eastern King County , southeast of North Bend , northeast of Enumclaw , and west of Snoqualmie Pass.

Washington's proportion of residents under age five was 6. Female residents were The racial makeup of the population as of the Census was: Hispanic or Latino of any race were According to the — American Community Survey , the largest ancestry groups were German Births in table don't add up, because Hispanics are counted both by their ethnicity and by their race, giving a higher overall number.

While the population of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest is scarce overall, they are mostly concentrated in the South End and Central District areas of Seattle, and in inner Tacoma. The westernmost and Pacific coasts have primarily American Indian communities, such as the Chinook , Lummi , and Salish. But Urban Indian communities formed by the U. The city was named for Chief Seattle in the very early s when European Americans settled the sound.

Seattle, Bellevue , and Redmond , which are all within King County, have sizable Chinese communities including Taiwanese , as well as significant Indian and Japanese communities. The Chinatown-International District in Seattle has a historical Chinese population dating back to the s, who mainly emigrated from Guangdong Province in southern China, and is home to a diverse East and Southeast Asian community.

Koreans are heavily concentrated in the suburban cities of Federal Way and Auburn to the south, and in Lynnwood to the north. Tacoma is home to thousands of Cambodians , and has one of the largest Cambodian-American communities in the United States, along with Long Beach, California , and Lowell, Massachusetts. They were reported to at least date as far back as the s. Additionally, Washington has a large Ethiopian community, with many Eritrean residents as well.

Major religious affiliations of the people of Washington are: The largest denominations by number of adherents in were the Roman Catholic Church , with ,; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon , with ,; [91] and the Assemblies of God , with , Aquarian Tabernacle Church is the largest Wiccan church in the country.

Like many other Western states, the percentage of Washington's population identifying themselves as " non-religious " is higher than the national average.

The percentage of non-religious people in Washington is one of the highest in the United States. Significant business within the state include the design and manufacture of aircraft Boeing , automotive Paccar , computer software development Microsoft , Bungie , Amazon , Nintendo of America , Valve Corporation , ArenaNet , telecom T-Mobile US , electronics , biotechnology , aluminum production, lumber and wood products Weyerhaeuser , mining, beverages Starbucks , Jones Soda , real estate John L.

Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Costco. Also, significant amounts of trade with Asia pass through the ports of the Puget Sound leading to a number 6 ranking of US ports ranking combines Twenty-foot Equivalent Units moved and Infrastructure index. Among Washington's resident billionaires are, as of December [update] , both the first and the second wealthiest people in the world: The state of Washington is one of seven states that do not levy a personal income tax.

The state does not collect a corporate income tax or franchise tax either. Washington's state base sales tax is 6. The combined state and local retail sales tax rates increase the taxes paid by consumers, depending on the variable local sales tax rates, generally between 7.

An excise tax applies to certain products such as gasoline, cigarettes, and alcoholic beverages. Property tax was the first tax levied in the state of Washington, and its collection accounts for about 30 percent of Washington's total state and local revenue. It continues to be the most important revenue source for public schools , fire protection, libraries , parks and recreation, and other special purpose districts.

All real property and personal property are subject to tax, unless specifically exempted by law. Most personal property owned by individuals is exempt from tax. Personal property tax applies to personal property used when conducting business, or to other personal property not exempt by law.

All property taxes are paid to the county treasurer's office where the property is located. Washington does not impose a tax on intangible assets such as bank accounts , stocks , or bonds. Neither does the state assess any tax on retirement income earned and received from another state. Washington does not collect inheritance taxes ; however, the estate tax is de-coupled from the federal estate tax laws, and therefore, the state imposes its own estate tax.

Washington's tax policy differs from neighboring Oregon's, which levies no sales tax, but does levy a personal income tax. This leads to border economic anomalies in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Washington is a leading agricultural state. In , Washington ranked first in the nation in production of red raspberries Washington also ranked second in the nation in production of fall potatoes a quarter of the nation's production , nectarines , apricots , grapes all varieties taken together , sweet corn for processing a quarter of the nation's production , and summer onions a fifth of the nation's production.

The apple industry is of particular importance to Washington. Because of the favorable climate of dry, warm summers and cold winters of central Washington, the state has led the U. Washington ranks second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California. Viticulture in the state is also influenced by long sunlight hours on average, two more hours a day than in California during the growing season and consistent temperatures. Washington has a system of state highways , called State Routes , as well as an extensive ferry system which is the largest in the nation [] and the third largest in the world.

There are public airfields in Washington , including 16 state airports owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation. There are extensive waterways in the midst of Washington's largest cities, including Seattle, Bellevue , Tacoma and Olympia. The state highways incorporate an extensive network of bridges and the largest ferry system in the United States to serve transportation needs in the Puget Sound area.

Washington's marine highway constitutes a fleet of twenty-eight ferries that navigate Puget Sound and its inland waterways to 20 different ports of call, completing close to , sailings each year. Washington is home to four of the five longest floating bridges in the world: Murrow Memorial Bridge and Homer M.

The Cascade Mountain Range also impedes transportation. Washington operates and maintains roads over seven [ vague ] major mountain passes and eight minor passes.

During winter months some of these passes are plowed, sanded, and kept safe with avalanche control. Not all stay open through the winter. Washington is crossed by a number of freight railroads, and Amtrak's passenger Cascade route between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, BC is the eighth busiest Amtrak service in the US, and one of the few profitable routes in the system.

Public transportation has generally lagged, although the much-delayed link light rail system in the greater Seattle region opened its first line in Residents of Vancouver have resisted proposals to extend Portland's mass transit system into Washington.

In , Washington became the first state in the nation to target all forms of highly toxic brominated flame retardants known as PBDEs for elimination from the many common household products in which they are used.

Three recent studies by the Washington Department of Ecology showed toxic chemicals banned decades ago linger in the environment and concentrate in the food chain. In one of the studies, state government scientists found unacceptable levels of toxic substances in 93 samples of freshwater fish from 45 sites. As a result of the study, the department will investigate the sources of PCBs in the Wenatchee River, where unhealthy levels of PCBs were found in mountain whitefish.

Based on the information and a previous Ecology study, the Washington State Department of Health advises the public not to eat mountain whitefish from the Wenatchee River from Leavenworth downstream to where the river joins the Columbia, due to unhealthy levels of PCBs.

Study results also showed high levels of contaminants in fish tissue that scientists collected from Lake Washington and the Spokane River, where fish consumption advisories are already in effect. This bill would limit phosphorus content in dishwashing detergents statewide to 0. Though the ban would be effective statewide in , it would take place in Whatcom County , Spokane County , and Clark County in An invasive amount of algae in bodies of water would lead to a variety of excess ecological and technological issues.

Washington's executive branch is headed by a governor elected for a four-year term. The current statewide elected officers are:.

The bicameral Washington State Legislature is the state's legislative branch. The state legislature is composed of a lower House of Representatives and an upper State Senate.

The state is divided into 49 legislative districts of equal population, each of which elects two representatives and one senator. Representatives serve two-year terms, whilst senators serve for four years. There are no term limits. As of the and session, the Democratic Party held the majority in the House, while the Republicans had control of the state Senate with a coalition of some Democrats.

In the midterm elections, the Republican Party took full control of the Senate. The Republican Party maintained control of the state Senate until the Democratic Party won a majority in a special election. The Washington Supreme Court is the highest court in the state. Nine justices serve on the bench and are elected statewide. Due to Congressional redistricting as a result of the Census , Washington gained one seat in the United States House of Representatives.

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The Nordic nation has long shrugged off sexual conventions, setting a carefree standard for the rest of Scandinavia. In a world obsessed with body image, staring at naked women for hours on end may not seem the obvious solution to improving self-confidence. But a new study suggests that attending life-drawing classes can make people feel better about their own size and shape because they present a more realistic image of a natural body.

Anglia Ruskin University asked Driving along the dirt roads that lead to Sunsport Gardens resort in Loxahatchee Groves, the area seems like any other camp site covered in thick subtropical foliage of bamboo and palm trees.

Bad tourist behavior has led to a new code of conduct at Angkor Wat, including a prohibition on nudity. And yes, it would seem that tourists do need to be told that. Last winter, two Arizona sisters were arrested, fined, and banned for pulling their pants down and We all like to go a little crazy on holiday, but are you brave enough to lose all your inhibitions?

If you want to feel truly free and easy, why not trade your shirts and skirts for your birthday suit at one of these stunning nudist resorts. More than 52 million people who partake in clothing-optional holiday resorts at clubs in North America alone, according to the American The photographer Ruben Brulat was traveling alone through Iceland in when, in the midst of setting up his camp, he was arrested by the beauty of a rock perched on the mountainside, almost ready to fall from among the clouds seemingly wrapped around its peak.

Setting up his camera on a timer, Brulat followed his senses and captured himself lying naked The equine team at Towcester and Onley Vets have been pictured wearing only their boots in a series of poses performing a variety of clinical procedures.

Becky Wallis, who is part of the nursing team, said An intricately carved gold ring containing a stone engraved with an image of Cupid - a god associated with erotic love - has been discovered near the village of Tangley in the United Kingdom. In the engraving, Cupid also known by his Greek name, "Eros" is shown standing completely nude while holding a torch with one hand.

The ring dates back around 1, years The couple are scheduled to wed in December. The 16 successful models say they are paid tens of thousands of dollars for each use of one of their images As a naked Winston Churchill putters by, big head bobbing on top of the water, mouth puffing in and out on a cigar that isn't there, we do wonder what we've let ourselves in for.

Skinny dipping may typically be the sort of folly reserved for The seaside amusement park set the Guinness World Record in , when people rode the same rollercoaster in the buff. And while there was only 57 people taking part this time around, they travelled from The Fort Collins City Council voted late Tuesday to reject a proposal that would have allowed women to go naked in public from the waist up. Brittiany Hoagland, an activist with Go Topless, had pushed to change the city code banning bare breasts in public, but at the packed meeting, supporters of Ads showing people jumping off a cliff into an open water pool have been banned in the UK following complaints they condoned the potentially deadly activity of tombstoning.

The new Hostelworld advert: When was the last time you stripped your clothes off, stood in front of a mirror, took a good look at yourself no sideways, peek-a-boo-type glances, please , and actually liked what you saw? When you think about it, there are few instances in which we're naked -- the moment you're born not counting the time you spent safe, sound and secure in your Social media icon Perez Hilton has been called everything from a bad father to a child abuser since posting a photo of himself and his son showering together.

The boy was completely covered below the neck. The negative backlash has spurred debates Leave it to Jane Fonda and Michael Jackson to do something truly off the wall. Their publicist says Australian magicians Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler hide "nothing up their sleeves. Wayne says he and Tyler, now known as the Naked Magicians, were Two elderly women are at Walgreen's running errands.

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Members of naturist club The White House are fighting proposals for a large complex of 36 flats next to the tennis court on their grounds in Whyteleafe, a commuter village in Surrey.

Club chairman Val Humfress told the Standard that while members I could begin this piece by telling you I was attending a nude yoga class on a Friday night for research purposes for this article.

That my editor here at news. But that would be a lie. I pitched the idea to write about the class because I was filled with curiosity and as a regular yoga goer and I Summertime is a great time for sharing photos of one's children.

Having a 3-year-old son and a month-old daughter, I've enjoyed taking and sharing pictures of the kids at the beach, at the zoo, on vacation and playing in the backyard over the past few months. The response I get most often to these pictures besides of course "how adorable! Call it the death knell for the Age of Aquarius in Santa Fe: Ten Thousand Waves has dropped its clothing-optional policy for its all-genders communal tub.

Visitors now must at least keep their bottoms on. The reason for the change in policy? The Fraser Coast Regional Council in southern Queensland says it will not be swayed by a petition calling for a nude beach in the region. The petition, lodged with the Queensland Parliament this month, has signatures wanting Dundowran Beach to become the state's first legal clothing optional beach.

Councillor Rolf Light said he did not think the beach was an How many times during this year's super hot and humid summer did you just wish you could strip all of your clothes off to cool down? Well, it turns out being naked may not only be more comfortable but healthier as well.

Some experts say that donning your birthday suit more often can help with myriad physical and psychological problems. So how do you reap The Times Square Alliance and a coalition of electeds has a plan to address complaints about Times Square without destroying the hugely successful pedestrian plazas. The centerpiece of the proposal is to legally redefine the Broadway plazas as a public space with three regulated zones: The parade, held the day before the city-permitted, X-rated Folsom Street Fair, is being led by the same group of unclad activists who unsuccessfully The Berlin-based tabloid newspaper B.

Germany has experienced a wave of such comments in recent weeks. Women are being invited to bare all on a secluded beach this weekend and boost their self confidence.

The "empowering", if not chilly, event will be on Saturday at a secret location on the Welsh coast and is organised by two female artists who say they want to contribute to the current debate about body image.

A similar event held by Happy In My Skin For the seventh straight summer, hundreds of bicyclists joined together — creatively painted or stripped down to their birthday suits — to promote fuel-conscious consumption, positive body image and cycling advocacy. Before baring all for the more Simply slipping on a sock would cause excruciating pain for this Indian farmer who is forced to tend his fields in the buff.

But Subal Barman, whose naked body is a common sight in Rajpur village, in West Bengal, northern India, refuses to let his strange condition get him down. If somebody asked you to cover a special interest story at a nudist camp you might think of several different ways to do it. You could interview people about why they enjoy that lifestyle. You could report the details about the location in order to give information to your viewers.

Or, you could recreate the volleyball scene from Summer temperatures may be cooling in Moscow, but the city's nudists are starting to feel the heat. A leading politician is reportedly mounting a campaign to ban naked bathers from a popular riverside hangout they've used for decades, calling their behavior "depraved. One of the great joys of summer in childhood is the freedom to strip off your clothes and frolic shame-free-naked on the beach.

On a recent family vacation to North Truro, Massachusetts, without thinking twice, I let my 3-year son disrobe to his natural state and enjoy this pleasure, knowing that one day soon social norms will challenge his sense of Which is exactly what some folks are doing as they seek out classic jogging sensations: Here in the industrial town of Porto Alegre, Brazil Some people streaked naked through London zoo on Thursday to raise awareness for tiger conversation.

The jog aimed to raise money in support of the Zoological Society of London, who help protect tigers through global conservation projects. The beaches of the German resort town of Boltenhagen on the Baltic Sea on August 5, , were a reflection of a lingering cultural divide between those who until unification 25 years ago were East and West Germans. Formerly communist easterners like bathing nude, while westerners find the practice a bit disturbing. Even after organizers canceled the event, the Anchorage Police Department has a warning for anyone planning on participating in a mass naked bike ride Aug.

Riding your bicycle sans clothing in Anchorage is illegal, APD says -- a violation of public decency laws or worse. The event hit Facebook in late July.

Nude runners braved the elements and bared all for a good cause at a South Yorkshire visitor attraction last night. A group of 43 hardy fundraisers were sponsored to get starkers and complete a short streak around the park, which has two polar bears called Victor and Pixel It's not every day you see a man riding his tractor in the nude, but at Coventry Club and Resort, this is business as usual.

Bill Perreault and his wife, Susan Lembcke, are nudists. They're baring it all to give us a rare glimpse beyond the gates of Vermont's only nudist Local artist Thomas Zollinger conceived of the two-day Body and Freedom Festival link NSFW to increase beyond gallery walls the presence of the naked body as an artistic medium.

With video surveillance cameras being so ubiquitous, privacy is still a concern among some clients. The homeowners asked that a disable switch be installed for one particular camera that Howard Smith, a year-old electrical engineer, took the challenge from POND, a charity organization in partnership between Wales and Uganda. This year, he decided to take it a step further Want to let it all hang out? Remove the clothing that confines you?

By the sea, by lakes, wild or in luxury—here are the best places to go bare. Lido Wannsee Berlin has long been the best place for naturists in Europe, and those wanting to wear the bare minimum for the summer are really spoilt for choice. One of the most popular spots is Naturists on one of Britain's most popular nudist beaches fear they are being spied on by a voyeur flying a drone. A number of naked sunbathers were left angry when they were buzzed by a radio-controlled drone that flew up and down the famous Studland nudist beach in Dorset.

They feared a camera was attached to the device and that An exhibition featuring women skinny dipping in the sea is being held at a Newport arts house. The exhibition aims to empower women and celebrate the concept of positive body-activism A spokesman from An estimated people took part in a staged protest today at a eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus, many of them stripping naked in doing so, to make clear their opposition to a proposed FEMA-funded tree-clearing program in the East Bay hills.

The event was orchestrated by the Tree Spirit Project whose mission is On Saturday, many Arizonans jumped into pools to cool off in the triple-digit summer weather. Over people, ranging from kids to seniors, participated in the clothing-optional resort's skinny dipping record attempt at noon, part of the It's a Tuesday evening at the end of March, and Andy Golub is in his element. Clad in jeans and an intricately patterned blue shirt, he's onstage at the tiny Gene Frankel Theatre in Manhattan, painting.

Seventies music, from Joni Mitchell to Rodriguez, floats from the stereo. There's a murmur of mostly male fans and photographers scattered For Nestles Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss all-digital campaign that launches today, the brand's marketers wanted to do something with a little shock value. So they took over an Irving Farm Coffee Roasters store in New York on April 24 with baristas wearing essentially nothing but body paint.

Foundation celebrated the 24th anniversary of the clothing-optional section of Haulover Beach with birthday cake and lemonade. Dozens of members and visitors gathered Saturday afternoon to celebrate the foot stretch of A Norwegian contemporary artist has confessed to being left hanging naked in a tree for three and a half hours after an video art installation she filmed in a Norwegian forest went wrong.

Hilde Krohn Huse, who lives and works in London, ventured into the forest in her native Aukra in Norway to film a video featuring herself hanging naked from a ESPN magazine's annual Body Issue hit newsstands Monday, showcasing some of the world's most celebrated athletes in all their chiseled, well-toned glory.

Yet it's also become an opportunity to interrogate American standards of beauty, particularly when it comes to female athletes. For instance, this year's issue features Brittney Griner, the Quilting , model building and embroidery were all on display as Acorns Naturist Retreat hosted their summer craft fair. Skills were exchanged by likeminded people at the centre near Rackenford on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July.

Cathy Eke from Acorns said: Stripping off and leaping into the ocean as gentle waves lap all around and the sun sets over a deserted beach. Who wouldn't fancy that as a fitting end to a holiday? Now new research by an online travel agency has revealed skinny dipping is the top holiday fantasy for British tourists.

According to the poll, 32 per cent of Britons want to They arrested an individual for obstruction and public nudity after the person failed to Families gathering to celebrate baseball may also spot more than a dozen nude models during next week's All-Star festivities.

Photographer Harvey Drouillard, who specializes in artful nude-in-public photos , is planning to break his personal record of 19 nude people in public in a single photo on Fountain Square. And he's doing it while the When it comes to nudism, I'm strictly a pragmatist: If it gets too hot, out comes the birthday suit.

In Portland this weekend, even a jockstrap can feel like excess baggage. But true aficionados of the nudist lifestyle -- as Mark Haskell Smith makes clear in his delightful and informative new book -- embrace the whole package. They hike, swim, play Retired Andrew Williams explores the Wiltshire countryside wearing pair of wellington boots - and nothing else. The naturist leaves his clothes in the wardrobe and spends hours trimming his hedge, composing music on his bongos, and visiting secluded historic sites.

The year-old has been stripping off since he was a teenager and now lives a life dedicated to spending his golden years starkers Some were senior citizens. Some were professional office types. Some were families with kids. A good number had beautiful bodies and a lot didn't. But nearly all of the people gathered for the 10th World Naked Bike Ride -- a global protest against automobile traffic, which celebrated its Mexican event on June 13 -- had one thing in common: They were either nude or wearing fewer clothes than usual for a public bike ride The owners of the Lupin Lodge nudist camp and two employees were arrested June 10 and charged with stealing water from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

The district attorney alleges Lupin's owners and employees ignored repeated warnings and continued to trespass on district property for the purpose of diverting water to the lodge. Charges against them surfaced last fall. At that time, Lori Kay Stout said Lupin's access to the water was grandfathered When you head to the beach, you expect to see people in minimal clothing.

Lucie County, some people want to be able to sun bathe completely in the buff. Blind Creek Beach in St. Lucie County is unofficially considered a nude beach. But, a naturist community wants it to receive an official county designation. They've taken to social media, forming the page "Friends of Blind Creek Beach.

More than people The intention behind this is not for people to draw attention to themselves. The Saskatchewan siblings who were jailed in Malaysia for posing naked atop the country's highest mountain have issued an apology, saying they had no idea how sacred the summit was. Next weekend some 10, cyclists will strip down and take over the streets of Portland. It will be a spectacle, as always, but organizers hope to remind participants that the World Naked Bike Ride is, first and foremost, a protest.

The ride first came to town in , with riders protesting against our dependence on oil and for cyclist safety, but by it had You have to feel sorry for British naturists like myself.

Personally I blame Sid James. In fact, all nude bathers really want to do is swim and soak up the sun without the encumbrance of A man who swapped his life as a Sydney businessman to run a nudist resort in Port Stephens has given an insight into what it's like to live a 'naturist' lifestyle. Print Email Permalink Share 14 Walking around naked is something most people do after showering, but for Port Stephens' Stuart Whelan, he likes to go nude all day.

He's a naturist - someone Students are being invited to strip off for a wacky fun run coming to Manchester. The post says the event on September 20 will consist of a mile-long fun run to kick-off the start of the new academic year Designed to make a splash in the youth travel industry, the campaign aims to celebrate the spontaneous adventures that result from meeting like-minded travelers in hostels. They say our dreams are never cheap, yet one of the most inexpensive fantasies involves imagining ourselves lying in our bare skin, exulting in the luxury of a wild beach or a remote cove.

The time has come to go out looking for them, as the waters of the Mediterranean will be warm enough for swimming by mid-June Scores of campers spent the week enjoying barbecues in the buff, disrobed darts and stripped-off singing as the annual Nudestock Festival brought naturists from all over the country to Wroot.

The annual event employs a little playful prurience to celebrate bicycling and the human body. Riders should arrive at Mickey Markey Park in Bywater at 4 p. Nudity is not mandatory, and bicyclists can enjoy dressing as "bare as they dare.

Despite the snickers, innuendos and indignation that surrounded the sudden national attention on their class, a group of UC San Diego arts students performed in the nude before their also-nude professor this week. Things dramatically changed, however, when the mother The th Bay to Breakers run — or frolic — from the downtown to Ocean Beach on Sunday lived up to its rich history of colorful costumes, nakedness and general eccentricity, all in the name of San Francisco-flavored fun.

For example, one group of ladies came up with the idea to wear Uber signs around their necks and mini inflatable pools Canadian teenager whose outfit was called "a sexual distraction" at school is speaking out against what she calls an unjust "double-standard" that exists with school dress codes -- and the general policing of women and girls' bodies everywhere.

Lauren Wiggins, a senior at Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, was given detention Monday for wearing a floor-length halter dress to school; she was later given a one-day suspension A long awaited week-long nudist festival will bare all in Doncaster today. The sleepy Doncaster village of Wroot will be inundated with crowds of people in the NUDE for a naturist festival which gets underway today. Nudists from across the country will be stripping off to enjoy barbecues in the buff, naked darts and nude yoga at the week-long event.

Long-time naturist Angie Cox, 34, will be among those getting her kit off at the Nudestock Festival The cyclists rode in a loop from the beach huts opposite Coffee Cup in Southsea, along the seafront and to The Hard, where they stopped for a break to hand out leaflets.

They then rode through the city back to the beach. There were about 80 participants. Almost all of them were men and most came from other parts of the country. Ride marshall was Simon Terry, 45, from Folkestone in Kent. An adventure company in Thailand has been fined after allowing a tourist to strip off for a naked bungee jump. The video was posted online and police were informed after it went viral on Thai social media sitesThe woman, reportedly a model, originally said she would jump in her bikini, but reportedly took off her clothes and jumped before staff could stop her Professor of "Visual Arts: Past students have chimed in on this, comments are a must read.

This class did exactly what it was supposed to, create dialogue! Under current law, nudity is prohibited in parks, playgrounds, beaches and nearby waters, leaving nudity on a sidewalk perfectly legal. The City Law and Legislation Committee voted unanimously to send an ordinance prohibiting public nudity to For years, Cary Pinkowski has had a view of more than he bargained for, and now he's suing nudists who have been allegedly trespassing on his waterfront property in Penticton, B.

Pinkowksi's company, Hermitage Vineyards, filed a lawsuit last week against six people, reported Castanet. The property owner said he's been trying to stop nudists from trespassing on his land at Three Mile Beach Well, this certainly makes packing easier. Sunscreen will be essential but clothing optional on a cruise that sets sail from Port Everglades in November.

Up to 3, people will float through the Caribbean in their birthday suits for seven nights. Want to soak up the sun in the buff? Want to dance topless in the disco? Spring is a perfect time to work in your garden, but seeing as the weather looks especially beautiful this weekend, why not take the opportunity to garden in the buff? It might sound odd, but you wouldn't be alone. Saturday is World Naked Gardening Day, an annual event that encourages people to weed, plant and trim in the nude Venice Beach wants another go at nude sunbathing, a practice forbidden in the city and county of Los Angeles.

But judging by the letters to the editor we received, the law might be out of step with the people on this. The reaction from readers to a Venice Neighborhood Council motion asking to be exempted from local laws on toplessness ranged from accepting shrugs to a few letters saying Venice faces more pressing concerns With headphones covering her ears and a blindfold on her face, year-old Monika Rostvold spent 45 minutes on Monday morning sitting almost naked on the steps of the Alkek Library on the Texas State University campus.

It was a small group that gathered at Three Mile Beach on April 25 for a photo shoot to raise awareness for testicular cancer, but they went through with it, stripping down and grabbing a ball — beach ball, that is — to pose in front of the camera. Spielplatz in Hertfordshire looks like any other sleepy little village, but there's something very different about it.

And while you don't have to be a naturist to live there, the community might shun you if you decide to wear clothes Ignorance apparently bliss for some 'nudists'. Last week while perusing the web I happened across a rather appalling example of a "nudist" blog hosted at the microblogging and social networking website Tumblr.

I had long believed that there no longer existed anything at Tumblr that could possibly surprise me yet I was proven wrong by the discovery of Libertine Nudist Couple Forty years ago, a cadre of Venice Beach sunbathers routinely basked in the altogether.

The Venice Neighborhood Council thinks the time is ripe to take a half-step back to that time of physical freedom. In a vote Tuesday, the council said it "supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless. There are beaches, and there are beach resorts. They might sound as if they go together like airports and boredom, like LAX and a pat-down — you could easily think that if you wanted to spend a week by the sand you'd have to spend it in a huge hotel with a buffet breakfast and a kids club.

But that doesn't have to be the case. Some of us don't like resort life. I'm not a fan of lying by pools and I don't really like huge crowds The photograph of a couple of half-naked Indians who had been published on the website of the Ministry of Culture on that social network. The Brazilian government has announced that it will take legal action against Facebook for withdrawing a photograph of a naked Indian couple who had been published Naturists are not the same as exhibitionists — the latter being motivated by titillation, a desire to be seen; whereas the former simply feel inhibited by clothing and in discarding The worldwide campaign, which asks participants to go "as bare as you dare" as part of a protest against car culture and pollution, could see hundreds of naked people riding through the city centre on Saturday, June The cheeky event is coming to the city as part of the Four Seasons group, which is planning naked rides in Naked yoga — where participants bare it all for their practice — is gaining traction in Kelowna, B.

After months of applications, appeals and public backlashes, hundreds of naturists descended on the Mpenjati beach near Trafalgar over the Easter weekend for some fun in the sun. Naturists are upset after the city of Penticton opted out of officially designating Three Mile Beach as clothing optional. Earlier this month, city councillors voted to have staff look into options to find a solution that satisfied both naturists and upset property owners. Their decision was to keep the status quo and that's not sitting well with naturists.

Two women and one man practiced undressing themselves Monday at Goodfellas Pizzeria in Covington. The three volunteered for a nude photo shoot on the crowded streets of downtown Cincinnati on Opening Day. Photographer Harvey Drouillard, who has made his name taking pictures of nude models in front of well-known public landmarks across the country, has made Led by Melbourne-based contemporary artist Stuart Ringholt was open to naked guests only.

For example, he had the tram upgraded so it could reach the top of Mount Rushmore for the ease of workers. By July 4, , Washington's face had been completed and was dedicated.

The face of Thomas Jefferson was dedicated in , and the face of Abraham Lincoln was dedicated on September 17, In , a bill was introduced in Congress to add the head of civil-rights leader Susan B. Anthony , but a rider was passed on an appropriations bill requiring federal funds be used to finish only those heads that had already been started at that time.

Borglum had planned to make a secret room behind the hairline of Abraham Lincoln which was supposed to be a doorway to a chamber originally intended to hold some of America's most treasured documents but was left unfinished due to his death. His son, Lincoln Borglum , continued the project. Originally, it was planned that the figures would be carved from head to waist, [24] but insufficient funding forced the carving to end.

Borglum had also planned a massive panel in the shape of the Louisiana Purchase commemorating in eight-foot-tall gilded letters the Declaration of Independence , U. Harold Spitznagel and Cecil Doty designed the original visitor center, finished in A word essay giving the history of the United States by Nebraska student William Andrew Burkett was selected as the college-age group winner in a competition, and that essay was placed on the Entablature on a bronze plate in Bush officially dedicated Mount Rushmore.

The panels include the text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, biographies of the four presidents and Borglum, and the history of the U.

The chamber was created as the entrance-way to a planned "Hall of Records"; the vault was installed in Ten years of redevelopment work culminated with the completion of extensive visitor facilities and sidewalks in , such as a Visitor Center, the Lincoln Borglum Museum , and the Presidential Trail.

Maintenance of the memorial requires mountain climbers to monitor and seal cracks annually. Due to budget constraints, the memorial is not regularly cleaned to remove lichens. Birds including the turkey vulture , bald eagle , hawk , and meadowlark fly around Mount Rushmore, occasionally making nesting spots in the ledges of the mountain. Smaller birds, including songbirds, nuthatches , and woodpeckers , inhabit the surrounding pine forests. Grizzly Bear Brook and Starling Basin Brook, the two streams in the memorial, support fish such as the longnose dace and the brook trout.

Those living near Mount Rushmore are descendants of a tribe that Canada gifted to Custer State Park in , which later escaped. At lower elevations, coniferous trees, mainly the ponderosa pine , surround most of the monument, providing shade from the sun.

Other trees include the bur oak , the Black Hills spruce , and the cottonwood. Nine species of shrubs grow near Mount Rushmore.

There is also a wide variety of wildflowers, including especially the snapdragon , sunflower , and violet. Towards higher elevations, plant life becomes sparser. Trees and other plants help to control surface runoff. Dikes, seeps, and springs help to dam up water that is flowing downhill, providing watering spots for animals.

In addition, stones like sandstone and limestone help to hold groundwater , creating aquifers. A study of the fire scars present in tree ring samples indicates that forest fires occur in the ponderosa forests surrounding Mount Rushmore around every 27 years. Large fires are not common. Most events have been ground fires that serve to clear forest debris. Mount Rushmore is largely composed of granite.

The memorial is carved on the northwest margin of the Black Elk Peak granite batholith in the Black Hills of South Dakota, so the geologic formations of the heart of the Black Hills region are also evident at Mount Rushmore.

The batholith magma intruded into the pre-existing mica schist rocks during the Proterozoic , 1. The Black Hills granites were exposed to erosion during the Neoproterozoic , but were later buried by sandstone and other sediments during the Cambrian. Remaining buried throughout the Paleozoic , they were re-exposed again during the Laramide orogeny around 70 million years ago. Some schist does remain and can be seen as the darker material just below the sculpture of Washington.

Borglum selected Mount Rushmore as the site for several reasons. The rock of the mountain is composed of smooth, fine-grained granite. The Mount Rushmore area is underlain by well drained alfisol soils of very gravelly loam Mocmount to silt loam Buska texture, brown to dark grayish brown. The two wettest months of the year are May and June.

Orographic lift causes brief but strong afternoon thunderstorms during the summer. Tourism is South Dakota's second-largest industry, and Mount Rushmore is the state's top tourist attraction. He became one of the most photographed people in the world.

A modern silicone replacement was used, disguised with granite dust. The site has been subsequently digitally recorded using a terrestrial laser scanning methodology in as part of the international Scottish Ten project, providing a record of unprecedented resolution and accuracy to inform the conservation of the site.

This data was made accessible online to be freely used by the wider community to aid further interpretation and public access. Among the participants were young activists, grandparents, children and Lakota holy man John Fire Lame Deer , who planted a prayer staff atop the mountain. Lame Deer said the staff formed a symbolic shroud over the presidents' faces "which shall remain dirty until the treaties concerning the Black Hills are fulfilled. In , the first Native American superintendent of the park, Gerard Baker, was appointed.

Baker has stated that he will open up more "avenues of interpretation", and that the four presidents are "only one avenue and only one focus.

Upon completion, it would be larger than Mount Rushmore and has the support of Lakota chiefs. The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation has rejected offers of federal funds.

However, this memorial is likewise the subject of controversy, even within the Native American community. Because of its fame as a monument, Mount Rushmore has been depicted in multiple places in popular culture. It is often depicted as a cover for a secret location; shown with faces removed or modified as in Superman II , or added; or parodied.

Book of Secrets also depicts this location as a secret cover for a fictional gold city.