The Big Picture: 2010 in photos

The Big Picture, Boston Globe’s outstanding photo blog, has just posted their three-part photo retrospective of 2010—part one, part two, part three—and the results are beautiful, stirring, awe-inspiring, and heartbreaking. A few examples:

Photos by AP Photo/Charlie Riedel; RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images; REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins; REUTERS/Lucas Jackson; ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images; AP Photo/The Hays Daily News, Steven Hausler; Jamie McDonald/Getty Images; AP Photo/Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria, Census for Marine Life; REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi.