Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William, left, react as they watch the women's field hockey match between Wales and Scotland, during the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, at the National Hockey Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/ Scott Heppell)
People ride in a boat before a 22-metre tall inflatable 'big golden toad' by Chinese artist Guo Yongyao from Ningbo, displayed at Yu Yuan Tan Park in Beijing on July 21, 2014. Summer has arrived in the city marking peak tourist season with tens of thousands domestic tourists visiting the capital. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken on a smartphone on Saturday, July 12, 2014, people run to shelter from hailstorm on the beach at Ob River, the major river in western Siberia in Novosibirsk, Russia. The Investigative Committee said in a statement published online Monday that two young girls aged three and four had died Saturday in the lakeside town of Bredsk, not far from the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk. The two girls died after sustaining traumatic brain injuries when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families. (AP Photo/Nikita Dudnik)
US golfer Tiger Woods plays from the rough on the 1st hole during his second round, on day two of the 2014 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England on July 18, 2014. Tiger Woods, playing in just his second tournament since undergoing back surgery in late March also had a mid-afternoon tee-off time after shooting a morale-boosting 69 on Thursday. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture made available Sunday, July 13, 2014 the full moon rises above the castle of Somoskoujfalu, 123 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, late Saturday, July 12,2014. This phenomenon, is also called supermoon as the celestial body comes the closest to Earth therefore it seems brighter and bigger than an average full moon (AP Photo/MTI,Peter Komka)
The pack rides past the Louvre Pyramid in Paris during the 137.5 km twenty-first and last stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 27, 2014 between Evry and Paris. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
A time exposure shows the path of Marine One as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington with President Barack Obama aboard, Thursday, July 24, 2014. President Obama returned to Washington after a three day West Coast trip. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Lightning strikes in the background during the seventh inning of a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres on Monday, July 7, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JULY 20: Search and rescue specialists inspect at the crash area of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and downed close to Russia's border with Ukraine on July 17, near the Grabovo town, Ukraine on July 20, 2014. (Photo by Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A reveller throws a bucket of mud during the 17th Boryeong mud festival at Daecheon beach in Boryeong, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul, on July 18, 2014. The annual festival aims to promote the use of the mineral-rich mud for cosmetic skin-care and to promote tourism in the region. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save as Belgium's Vincent Kompany, right, looks on during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Hundreds of fishing boats pack Nanfangao harbour for shelter in Ilan county as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) jokingly reacts as he shakes hands with a man wearing a horse head mask on a street in Denver, Colorado, on July 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A combination of pictures shows a giant insect (L) flying towards Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez and landing on him after he scored from the penalty spot and then attached to a photographers seat on the side of the pitch during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers tie down a 6.5-metre (21-foot) high scarecrow before strong winds hit, at an organic farm in the town of Shanhsing in Ilan county, as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Two female Sri Lankan leopard cubs, born on July 1, 2014, lay in their cage in the zoo of Maubeuge, northern France, on July 29, 2014. The Sri Lankan leopard is a threatened species, with an estimated 700 living in the wild and 65 in captivity. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton bunts a ball that hits him in the face in the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. The Diamondbacks won 2-1 in 15 innings. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
People walk around inside a partially inflated hot air balloon at the 32nd annual OuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Readington, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
David Beckham, center, with his sons, from right, Romeo James and Cruz David, get slimed as Beckham accepts the legend award for at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
This picture taken on July 30, 2014 shows shark fins drying on a road in Hong Kong. Hong Kong and China is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins where it is commonly served as a soup at wedding banquets and corporate parties, but conservationists say booming demand for fins has put pressure on the world's shark populations prompting calls for measures to restrict their trade. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REY (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins linebacker Gabe Miller lost his helmet, but hangs onto the legs of tight end Ted Bolser during practice at the team's NFL football training facility, Monday, July 28, 2014 in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Doves fly away over a memorial paddle-out for Joe Larson, the original owner of Hinano, as the US Coast Guard holds training exercises at Venice Beach in Los Angeles Monday, July 28, 2014. Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach teemed with people enjoying a weekend outing on the boardwalk and sand when lifeguards and other witnesses say lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm hit without warning, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people and leaving a 21-year-old man dead. The witnesses said the strike hit with a tremendous boom about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, rattling buildings and showering a lifeguard headquarters with sparks. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
NANJING, CHINA - JULY 29: (CHINA OUT) Thousands of soldiers of Jiangsu Armed Police Force attend an oath ceremony for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games protection on July 29, 2014 in Nanjing, China. The Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held from Aug 16 to 28. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
In this Monday, July 28, 2014 photo visitors walk through a crop circle in a wheat field near Raisting, southern Germany. A balloonist had discovered the crop circle about a week ago. Since then thousands of esoteric fans came to visit the circle whose appearance is unknown. Farmer Christoph Huttner, the owner of the field, says that he is not responsible for the crop circle. (AP Photo/dpa, Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)
A member of a youth corps campaigning for peace performs an act at the sprawling Kibera slum in Nairobi on July 28, 2014, reminiscent of deadly ethnic violence that followed the disputed results of the 2007 general elections, that were particularly intensive at the slum leaving scores dead. Kenya takes pride in being a union of '42 tribes', but a string of attacks in towns on its volatile coast has exposed bitter and explosive ethnic tensions linked to politics. 'There has been a surge of dangerous speech,' said 26-year-old Nanjira Sambuli, a project leader of Umati, an online crowd sourcing project monitoring hate speech, based in Nairobi's sleek iHub offices, the heart of its tech-savvy community. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk down a stairway leading to a parking structure across from Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus after flooding from a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard inundated a large area of the campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The 30-inch (75-centimeter) 93-year-old pipe that broke made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons (liters) of water across the school's athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, the neighboring Wooden Center and the Los Angeles Tennis Center, and a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)
TORONTO, ON- JULY 30 - Councillor Karen Stintz (Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence) is also a mayoral hopeful beats Mayor Rob Ford up one of the new play structures at Brookdale Park at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the refurbishment of Brookdale Park's playground. in Toronto. July 30, 2014. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
A Miura fighting bull gores a reveler during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Monday, July 14, 2014. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
The Duchess of Cambridge once again leads our roundup of the month's most memorable photos. (Back in May, a priceless photo snapped of her checking out a Maori warrior's ... ahem ... physique as she stood alongside Prince William was a big hit.) This time, Kate and her hubby were photographed in the midst of a strong reaction elicited by a turn in a women's field hockey game the two we're watching in Glasgow last week. The royal couple typically wears their emotions on their sleeves while viewing sporting events, the 'Today' show reported.
So, as the calendar turns from July to the dog days of August, look back at 31 awesome images from the month that was. The July edition takes you around the globe, from the heated competition of the World Cup in Brazil to the war zone and tragic site of the MH17 crash in Ukraine to an odd nearly 80-foot-tall inflatable toad on a lake in China that was meant to inspire enthusiasm for art, but backfired and instead triggered an Internet crackdown.
And there are plenty of great shots from America, too, including a cool, abstract image of President Obama's Marine One helicopter captured by Associated Press photographer J. David Ake, a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a cloud-to-ground lightning strike from the window of an airplane by Gina Hyams (a passenger on a Southwest flight heading into Denver) and a baseball player who managed to bunt a ball off of his own head.
Of her extraordinary lightning strike photo, Hyams says the pilot was circling while giving the thunderstorm time to pass and that gave her an opportunity to nail the shot. 'I pulled out my iPhone and did a photo burst and caught the shot,' she wrote in an email to AOL. 'I #gotlucky!'
Take a moment to view life on earth through the camera lens, and see you next month.