Behold 31 awesome photos from August 2014

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.
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)


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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