Ghosts of Alexander a blog devoted to understanding Afghanistan and the long war that has engulfed them for a generation has this post. No Commentary Needed. The post is singular photo, the flag draped coffin show above. It says uncounted words about being an American, regardless of your origin, or religion.
Within that post is a link to the Boston Globe's The Big Picture online photo essays. The quality of the photos are remarkable and continue to prove "that a picture is worth a thousand words."
The photo essay on American forces in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley . The 31 photos capture the essence of being a soldier on the lines no seen since Vietnam.
More locally, these photos of the California wildfires (yet again) put you close enough to feel the flames.
And this journey, Peering into the micro world is brain fuel.
Visit The Big Picture for many more great photo essays.