Grafton, NY Mike Groll/AP
Postal clerk Pamela Bentley shovels snow in front of the U.S. Post Office
Winter is coming, and it seemed like almost over night, we transitioned from sweater weather to puffer jacket season in 2016.
This image of a post office worker in Grafton, New York was taken on Monday. The snow is up to her knees and piles of white ares stacked high on the picket fence. It reminds me of joyous elementary school snow days. As adults, we wake up to snow and think about the grey, gross, icy conditions as we commute to work, but as children we would have screamed with happiness as visions of snowmen danced in our heads.
–Grace Guarnieri, editorial intern
Bucharest, Romania Daniel Mihailescu/Getty
Romanian local police officers wear fake beards to impersonate an elderly employee
In Bucharest local police protest a minimum retirement age of 65, demanding it be lowered to something much more reasonable. Here 2 of about 100 officers smirk behind fake beards worn to spur reflection about what an older police force might look like responding to an emergency.
–Manny Howard, deputy editor
Colombo, Sri Lanka Ishara S. Kodikara/Getty
Spot-billed pelicans sit on a street lamp
These pelicans are happily perched on a streetlamp in Colombo, completely unaware of how lucky they are. They're lucky because they fly around happily in 2016 and not 12 years earlier in 2004, when a tsunami destroyed the coast. I recently read "Wave," a memoir from Sonali Deraniyagala, who lost both her parents, her husband and her two young children in the tsunami that summer. Imagine being the only person to survive in your family. I couldn't go on living, but she did.
–Tatiana Baez, social media coordinator
Kiev, Ukraine Sergei Supinsky/Getty
Ukrainian National Guard members walk past a woman wearing a colourful costume as they patrol
Security is tight by Kiev's Independence Square on the third anniversary of the protests in Ukraine that led to the rise of a pro-European Union government. Even though Monday night's violence included reported attacks by ultra-rightist forces, one patriot can't be kept from showing her colors.
–Marjorie Backman, copy editor