Take a look at 30 awesome photos from September 2014
A hiker, seeing a double rainbow up ahead in the distance, traverses a dune in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park. The photo was captured last year by Eric Magayne and shared on social media this week by the U.S. Dept. of Interior. The image was a smash hit on both Twitter and Instagram.
This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 29 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 4, 2014 using a spectral filter which preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers.
The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 68 miles (109 kilometers) per pixel.
This photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows Leng Yuting, 26, posing underwater for her wedding pictures at a photo studio in Shanghai, ahead of her wedding next year. Her fiance Riyang said they had their wedding photographs taken underwater because 'its romantic and beautiful'. Mr Wedding studio owner, Tina Lui, started providing underwater pictures four years ago. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 28: Protesters clash with riot police on September 28, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of people kicked off Occupy Central by taking over Connaught Road, one of the major highway in Hong Kong, in protest against Beijing's conservative framework for political reform. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
The horizon is seen through a telescopic rifle belonging to a Kurdish Peshmerga sniper on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on September 15, 2014. Participants at an international conference in Paris pledged to support Iraq by all possible means to fight jihadists, including providing military support. AFP PHOTO / JM LOPEZ (Photo credit should read JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Omar a Canadian Sphinx cat is carried in its owners jacket during the Los Angeles Feline Film Festival at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on September 21, 2014. The annual event featuring celebrity cats and feline films raises money for local cat sanctuaries and rescue organizations. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian man plays with his baby on a beach on September 7, 2014 in Gaza city. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of Japan's team does a somersault as they compete in the team free routine final synchronised swimming event during the 2014 Asian Games at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center in Incheon on September 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Young white tigers India (L) and Ambra (R) approach photographers at the football stadium of Dresden, eastern Germany, on September 22, 2014 during a presentation to the press by Circus Sarrasani where the 14 week old animal arrived from Zoo Stukenbrock in Western Germany.
AFP PHOTO / DPA / ARNO BURGI +++ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read ARNO BURGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Takanui Smith (Rear) rides a wave as fellow surfers and filming crew react during the shooting of a remake of the 1991 classic 'Point Break' on September 11, 2014 in the Hava'e pass in Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. The American action thriller film directed by Ericson Core, starring Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer and Ray Winstone, is a remake of the 1991 film then directed by Kathryn Bigelow. AFP PHOTO / GREGORY BOISSY (Photo credit should read GREGORY BOISSY/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on September 16, 2014 shows Attacus atlas butterfly siting on a visitor's face, at the Botanical Garden of Masaryk University in Brno. There are about twenty butterflies that fly freely in the greenhouse among visitors. AFP PHOTO/ RADEK MICA (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
young boy dives in a creek near the Italian city of Portofino on September 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter on September 10, 2014. Kerry flew into Iraq today for talks with its new leaders on their role in a long-awaited new strategy against Islamic State jihadists to be unveiled by President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
South African Cara Bianca Frew rides Leopold Pierreville on September 3, 2014 during the Individual Jumping competition of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games, in the northwestern French city of Caen. AFP PHOTO / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU. (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo of an EA-18G Growler taking off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, posted to Twitter by the U.S. Dept. of Defense on September 23, 2014.
A bird rests on the back of a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) at the Paraguay river, in Caceres, Brazil, the gateway to the Pantanal, on August 25, 2014. Often referred to as the worlds largest freshwater wetland system, the Pantanal, is a stunning biodiversity sanctuary which extends through millions of hectares in central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. It includes sanctuaries for migratory birds, nursery grounds for aquatic life, and refuges for such creatures as the yacare caiman, deer, and jaguar. Some 4,500 different species live in the Pantanal. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial picture taken on September 14, 2014 shows a plane flying over the Bardarbunga volcano spewing lava and smoke in southeast Iceland. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. Bardarbunga, at 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), is Iceland's second-highest peak and is located under Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajoekull. AFP PHOTO / BERNARD MERIC (Photo credit should read BERNARD MERIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian man collects vegetables from a vegetable patch locals grew at the site where a barrel bomb hit a sewage pipe in the Baedeen neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 3, 2014. Aleppo province has been subject to a particularly fierce regime aerial campaign, including the use of explosive-packed barrel bombs tossed from regime helicopters that rights groups say kill indiscriminately. AFP PHOTO / ZEIN Al-RIFAI /AMC (Photo credit should read ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images)
A long time exposed picture taken by night shows the Solar observatory at the peak of the Lomnicky Stit, in the Slovakia's High Tatras mountains, on September 04, 2014. The coronal station at Lomnicky Stit observatory, built at 2 632 meters between 1957 and 1962, ranks among five existing stations worldwide which systematically observe emission spectral lines of the corona. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Incredible photo of a rocket that didn't explode when it hit a truck in east Ukraine earlier this month and was posted to Twitter by Conflict News on September 12, 2014.
Many of the images that emerged in September were out of this world -- both figuratively and quite literally.
Consider the first photo above among the former: a lone hiker is seen traversing the top of a dune in Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park, seemingly headed for a surreal double rainbow paradise awaiting him off in the distance. The photo was captured last year by Eric Magayne and shared on social media this week by the U.S. Dept. of Interior. The image was a smash hit on the agency's Twitter and Instagram accounts.
And for the latter, NASA released a new photo of Saturn shot by the Cassini Spacecraft. The new image, which was captured back in April and just made public this week, shows the glorious giant from high above the ringplane and about 1.1 million miles away. According to NASA, Saturn's unusual cloud pattern is on full display in the photo; its clouds can be seen being swept through the atmosphere by winds that top 1,100 mph.
Of course, there were many other incredible photos captured this month from all walks of life and from all corners of the planet. So as the calendar changes from September to October, be sure to click through the above slide show and behold a range of photos showing everything from elite athletic ability to raw, desperate violence to moments of pure beauty to the wistful fading of summer.
Don't miss an incredible shot of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce simultaneously robbing an opposing batter of a home run and a baseball fan of a souvenir. There's an intense photo of the bloody fights that broke out amid chaos in the streets of Los Cabos, Mexico, after Hurricane Odile devastated the resort town. Plus, there's an ethereal shot of a woman in a wedding gown who's getting married in an underwater wedding ceremony. And there's an eye-popping photo of a semi tractor trailer precariously dangling from a bridge in Oregon.
Take a few moments to reflect on your world as seen through the camera lens. See you next month.