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Behold 31 awesome photos from August 2014


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 AOL.com 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.

More amazing photos of the month:

For 30 amazing photos from July, click here.
For 30 amazing photos from June, click here.
For 31 amazing photos from May, click here.
For 30 amazing photos from April, click here.
For 31 amazing photos from March, click here.
For 28 amazing photos from February, click here.

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left.to.die.in.benghazi September 01 2014 at 11:34 AM

I don't know about "awesome"
But a few were tit-illating ..! ;-)

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aristocat101 September 01 2014 at 10:33 AM

Set these whales free they dont want to be on exhibit.

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bushner3 September 01 2014 at 10:07 PM

Lets cage the idiots that enslave these creatures and spit water on them!!! Seriously, why would you use this pic? Ignorance is not bliss!!!

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Velocity105 September 01 2014 at 10:59 AM

Another big mammal in a bathtub. Turn them all loose.

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schlauger1 Velocity105 September 01 2014 at 12:06 PM

Vel: We can't, they will die. Sad as it is, this is the way of our world.

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gramargo schlauger1 September 01 2014 at 5:06 PM

Whales that have been raised in captivity have no knowledge of how to live in the wild. It's like a wild bird that imprints on humans and doesn't know how to get food or what to do if it's suddenly freed.
When wild life scientists wanted to reestablish bald eagles on our offshore islands (they were unable to hatch weak-shelled eggs because of DDT), they hatched eggs in incubators and then fed the chicks using a puppet-like "eagle head". When the chicks were near to fledge time, they were put in "hack houses" on the islands, with food being placed in the back of their cubicles carefully so they didn't know humans were feeding them. Eagle parents bring food to eaglets in the nest until they are able to fly and teach them to grab food as they will have to do until they are able to actually catch fish themselves. The eagle polulation on the islands has grown amazingly and the pairs are nesting and hatching their own eggs naturally. Look up "bald eagles" online.

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CHUCK September 01 2014 at 9:27 AM

Go whale!

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lamsantosantos September 01 2014 at 11:36 AM

Maybe the whale wants OUT! Belongs in the ocean! Shut Down Seaworld the Orcas belong in the ocean not in a giant fishbowl! LET THEM GO!!

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Anastasia September 01 2014 at 11:23 AM

The rainbow over the farmhouse is actually a double rainbow. Look carefully ... you'll see it. The whale was hilarious!

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schlauger1 Anastasia September 01 2014 at 12:04 PM

The Beluga, no matter his objective, is cute as hell. Smile from me.

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gramargo schlauger1 September 01 2014 at 5:11 PM

Belugas always look as if they're smiling, and many of the things they do, in captivity or in the wild, seem to indicate they may well have a sense of humor.

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hensteeth September 01 2014 at 11:03 AM

That last photo, the one with all those butts in the air, defines class.

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cqdeed hensteeth September 01 2014 at 11:28 AM

I hope you are being sarcastic. Otherwise your definition of class and mine are miles apart.

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gramargo cqdeed September 01 2014 at 5:10 PM

I rather think it was sarcasm, but that's hard to indicate in type. We really need a symbol for it, but all we can do is put the word somewhere at the end of the message, I guess.

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schlauger1 hensteeth September 01 2014 at 12:03 PM

hensteeth's definition of class is not class. Respect is objective. Hen is not objective.

Troll City.

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Cornelia September 01 2014 at 10:53 AM

The most terrific experience I've had with Beluga whales is when our jazz group was playing at the Atlantic Zoo and 2 Belugas swam really close to the 2 different large windows we were playing near and stayed there for some time, we believe, enjoying the music :)

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exitscreaming September 01 2014 at 4:37 PM

Were there any August pictures of the President working?

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Aissa2 exitscreaming September 01 2014 at 4:44 PM

exitscreaming, probably along side of those with you thinking! Single minded, limited intelligence, just plain stupid probably photobombed! Idiot

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exitscreaming Aissa2 September 01 2014 at 5:00 PM

How dare you

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juliacat1 exitscreaming September 02 2014 at 1:27 AM

exitscreaming, very intelligent comment - not. Love idiots like you

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