Behold 31 awesome photos from August 2014

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Behold 31 awesome photos from August 2014
A beluga whale sprays water onto visitors at a summer attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on August 6, 2014. Tokyo's temperature climbed over 35 degree Celsius on August 6 following a heatwave in the area. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo of the setting sun captured as it appears to be teetering on top of the Keops Pyramid, or Great Pyramid, in Egypt, shot by Jorge Cano from the window of his ninth floor apartment in Cairo on August 27, 2014. Used by with permission from Cano.
Members of the team from Spain perform during the team synchronized swimming free combination preliminary at the LEN Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Nicholas George looks under a buckled highway just outside of Napa, California after earthquake struck the area in the early hours of August 24, 2014. California's governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Sunday following a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that seriously injured three people including a child and ignited fires in the scenic Napa valley wine region. The US Geological Service said that the quake was the most powerful to hit the San Francisco Bay area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake. AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Zoe Mahan, center, pushes the trophy as her mother Kandi Mahan, left, grabs her while they pose with Hunter Mahan, husband, father and winner of The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A tornado is seen approaching the costal city of Genoa, in Northern Italy, Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014. At right, in background, the profile of the Costa Concordia cruise liner wreck which was towed to Genoa for scrapping. Tornadoes and thunderstorms hit Genoa and the Liguria region coast Tuesday, causing damages to seaside cabins and floods but no victims. (AP Photo/Tano Pecoraro)
A car sits atop an embankment after losing control and skidding up the concrete retaining wall on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on August 24, 2014. The driver and his passenger escaped injury. ( MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A tango couple competes during the 2014 Tango World Championship Salon category final in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Protesters stand in the street as lightning flashes in the night sky in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A multiple exposure picture taken in the early hours of August 12, 2014 shows a Perseids meteor shower in the night sky from the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Madrid near the municipality of Valle del Lozoya. The perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. AFP PHOTO / DANI POZO (Photo credit should read DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images)
Philadelphia's Jack Rice, bottom, is tagged out attempting to score by Pearland pitcher Clayton Broeder (18) during the first inning of a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Rice was injured on the play and did not remain in the game. Philadelphia won 7-6. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
A Chinese man rows a makeshift raft to evacuate a pig from a flooded village in Lishui in east China's Zhejiang province Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo)
A worker takes a selfie before removing a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag attached by protesters atop Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police.(AP Photo/Ilya Varlamov)
A rainbow is pictured over farm buildings near Hopferau, southern Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Karl-Josef Hildenbrand)
Musashino Art University student Kana Ogawara displays body paintings by Hikaru Cho on her hands at an art event in Tokyo, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Billy Crystal speaks during an In Memoriam tribute to Robin Williams at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Jordan Smith catches a wave as he wakesurfs on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, British Columbia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, gets her hair caught in her racket as she tries to return a shot to Aliaksandra Sasnovich, of Belarus, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
A person dressed as Darth Vader, center, from the movie "Star Wars" throws out the ceremonial first pitch as Storm Troopers stand by prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
An Afghan man transports grass on his donkey on the outskirts of Herat on August 26, 2014. Poverty and an ongoing insurgency by the ousted Taliban still pose a threat to the stability of the country. AFP PHOTO / Aref Karimi (Photo credit should read Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)
The moon rises in the sky as seen through the Four Towers or C.T.B.A. (Cuatro Torres Business Area), one of the main symbols of Madrid, Spain, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Aisha the dog follows her owner as he jumps into a lake at sunset in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Romania's weather authority issued a heat wave warning for the coming days with temperatures expected to exceed 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in many regions of the country.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
France's Shirley Antoine and her horse fall during the horse-ball exhibition game between France and Italy on August 29, 2014 during the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games in the northwestern French city of Saint-Lo. (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
A mechanical horse-dragon made of wood and steel is presented to the public in Nantes, western France on August 26, 2014. This horse-dragon, created by the French artist Francois Delaroziere of 'Les machines de l'île' (The Machines of the Isle), is the hero of the show 'Long Ma' which will be presented in Beijing on October 17, 2014 as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the relationship between France and China. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD (Photo credit should read JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler throws tomato pulp during the annual "Tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday and pelted each other with 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the 'Tomatina' now in its 66th year. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Diego Ferreira, right, punches Ramsey Nijem, left, during the second round of a lightweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 177 in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ferreira won in the second round. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
WESTON-SUPER-MARE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: People walk past the 50ft (15m) inflatable whale that has been erected on the beach by the Bible Society on August 27, 2014 in Weston-Super-Mare, England. The Bible Society is using the whale to allow the Circo Rum Ba Ba circus troupe to perform the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. The whale was brought to Weston after it was banned from London's Hyde Park for being too 'religious'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, a Ukrainian soldier sits atop of a self-propelled gun as an army column of military vehicles prepares to roll to a frontline near Illovaisk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have stepped up efforts to dislodge the separatists from their last strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk and there was more heavy shelling overnight. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)


As September and the final three weeks of summer get underway, look back on the month of August in photos.

The August collection has a particular summer flavor to it -- a beluga whale spitting water on spectators during a heat wave at an outdoor aquarium in Japan, the Supermoon rising over Madrid, an incredible double rainbow over a farm in Germany, a web of lightning in the night sky above protesters in Ferguson, and Darth Vader flanked by storm troopers throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.

One of the most stunning images in the August edition is an impeccably timed shot that creates the illusion that the setting sun is perched atop the point of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The image was captured by 35-year-old Jorge Cano, an Argentinian national who lives in Cairo. Cano, an engineer for a global supply company, lives on the ninth floor of an apartment building in south Cairo's Maadi neighborhood.

He told in an email that when he moved to Cairo, he specifically sought out an apartment with a view of the pyramids.

"I'm not a professional photographer, but I'm passionate about taking pictures," he said.

During his time there, he's taken many photos of the pyramids and the setting sun. He had pictures of the sun just to the right of the Great Pyramid and pictures of the sun just to its left. But the money shot eluded him for more than a year.

"Then I just made an estimation and was waiting for the day [that the sun would be perfectly positioned]," he explained. "Finally I've got the shot."

And what sort of camera was used to nail the shot? A modest "G15 pocket camera," he revealed, adding that his higher-powered DSLR camera was busy shooting a time-lapse video of the sunset. It's hard to tell, though, as the photo, bathed in smoldering orange sunlight, is difficult to not stare at.

Other great images include a shot of the action in Spain's annual "La Tomatina" festival, an impressionistic photo of a couple competing at the 2014 Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires and pro tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, caught in the midst of a major hair malfunction during play at the U.S. Open.

It was the last full summer month of 2014, so take some time to reflect and take a close look at your world through the mighty camera lens. See you next month.

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