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Crystal Clear Libya

The Libyan government has cracked down on protests like this one in Benghazi. Hussein Malla/AP hide caption

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The Libyan government has cracked down on protests like this one in Benghazi.

Hussein Malla/AP

So much of the world is shown engulfed in flames, and only engulfed in flames. How many of us had actually seen images of Libya before the violent clashes there? I, for one, had not. And the images we're seeing coming out of Libya today certainly aren't polished news reports; they're grainy videos and images taken on cell phones by daring Libyans.

So I was happy when I got to speak with Charles O. Cecil this week. He's a former U.S. Ambassador and spent years in Libya. It just so happens he's got a keen eye and the know-how behind the lens. During his 30 year career in the State Department he took photos of the world. He's spending his retirement as a full time photographer.

This gallery has some photos from Libya. The blue sea, brown and grey grasses and smiling faces aren't what we're seeing from first hand reports today.

And I take off my journalistic hat when I say, he's a pretty cool guy on top of his camera skills.

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