1. A pod of orca whales swim in the waters of the San Juan Islands near Friday Harbor, Washington, with Mt. Baker in the distance.
2. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near Mosul, on September 15, 2014.
3. A visitor walks on a creation by French artist Daniel Buren as part of his exhibition "Defini Fini Infini, Travaux in situ" at the MaMo art center in Marseille on September 12, 2014.
4. A woman runs in Cunningham Park in Queens, New York, on September 16, 2014.
5. Troops hold colored cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City on September 16, 2014.
6. A student uses a postcard target to check the aim of a fellow student during rifle training at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Technical High School on September 17, 2014 in Yokosuka, Japan. Each year, approximately 4,500 students apply to enter the one and only high school run by JGSDF, and only 300 are accepted. The boys-only school was opened in 1955 and caters to students between 15 and 19 years old across three grades. 90% of graduates continue on to careers in the JGSDF. Japan's self-defense stance was changed in July 2014, with the reinterpretation of the country's war-renouncing constitution to allow the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to exercise the right to collective self-defense, enabling the SDF to engage in military actions for countries who have close relationships with Japan.
7. Debutantes rehearse their curtsey prior to the Queen Charlotte's Ball at Highclere Castle near Newbury, England, on September 13, 2014. Queen Charlotte's Ball is the pinnacle event in the London Season. The London Season is rich in history and was formed over two hundred years ago when the custom of returning to London at the end of the hunting season was celebrated with glittering balls and high society events. The modern group of meticulously selected debutantes continue the tradition and celebrate their year of charity fund raising, etiquette classes and debut at The Queen Charlotte's Ball. The young ladies, usually aged between 17 and 20 and wearing designer dresses, attend the grand ball where they are presented to guests and curtsey to the Queen Charlotte Cake. King George III introduced the Queen Charlotte's Ball in 1780 to celebrate his wife's birthday and debutantes were traditionally presented to the King or Queen until 1958.
8. Alexander Kharatokin walks with a 9-month-old brown bear named Masha after it bathed in the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, on September 19, 2014. Kharatokin, a homeless man and a watchman of a mooring, lives in a wooden hovel near the river. Under the permission of his employer, Kharatokin adopted the orphan bear that was found this spring. He plans to continue living with the bear, who will be moved to a new larger enclosure after it is constructed.
9. Children on a hillside on the outskirts of Kathmandu on September 16, 2014.
10. A plane destroyed by Hurricane Odile sits overturned at Cabo San Lucas airport Mexico, on September 17, 2014. Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as a monster Category 3 storm.
11. People loot a supermarket in San Jose del Cabo, on September 15, 2014 after hurricane Odile knocked down trees and power lines in Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
12. A bird perches on a post as a wildfire burns in the background, near the Sobradinho neighborhood in Brasilia on September 12, 2014. Drought, high temperatures and areas of low humidity have caused fires to start at several places in Brasilia, according to the fire-fighters putting out the blazes.
13. A man fixes plants on the facade of a house in Hoyerswerda, Germany, on September 18, 2014.
14. A Honduran immigrant entertains a fellow immigrant's child in front a map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented Central American immigrants on September 14, 2014 in Tenosique, Mexico. The shelter, called La 72, is run by Fransiscan friars and is the first stop for thousands of Central American immigrants crossing north through Mexico to reach the United States. Many risk riding atop "La Bestia" or The Beast, a freight train which passes through Tenosique in Mexico's southern state of Tabasco. The number of immigrants making the perilous trek has diminished from a springtime high, due to Mexican and U.S. law enforcement operations to stem the flow.
15. The crumbling main hall of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha on September 12, 2014. The monument was officially opened in 1981 by the Bulgarian Communist regime to mark 100 years of the set up of an organized Socialist movement, a predecessor of the Bulgarian Communist Party. The monument, no longer maintained by the Bulgarian government after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989, is now abandoned and vandalized.
16. An exterior view of the Memorial House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha on September 12, 2014.
17. A man runs through burning charcoal barefooted as he participates in a traditional ritual called "Lianhuo", or "fire walking", in Pan'an county, Zhejiang province, China, on September 17, 2014. Lianhuo, a traditional local ritual listed in 2005 as an "intangible cultural heritage" of the province, involves dozens of men walking across burning charcoal or firewood barefooted, as a way to ward off evil and pray for good fortune.
18. A Highland cow stands on a hillside on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides on September 13, 2014.
19. Bagpiper Craig Lawrie plays on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament on September 17, 2014 in London, England. The Scottish independence referendum took place on Thursday, with the "No" votes winning, so Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom.
20. A section of a structure stands over the remains of destroyed business in Weed, California, on September 16, 2014. A fast moving wildfire fueled by high winds ripped through the town of Weed on the afternoon of September 15, burning 100 structures including the high school and lumber mill.
21. Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians wait behind border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on September 18, 2014. Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. The attack on the city of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, came two days after the top U.S. military officer said the Syrian opposition would probably need the help of the Syrian Kurds to defeat Islamic State. About 3,000 men, women and children arrived at the Turkish border roughly 10 km (6 miles) from Kobani but were still waiting on the Syrian side after night fell, a Reuters witness said, as Turkish forces stopped the crowd from crossing.
22. A lone racegoer sits on a bench before the first race at Newbury racecourse on September 19, 2014 in Newbury, England.
23. An Attacus atlas butterfly sits on a visitor's face, at the Botanical Garden of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, on September 16, 2014.
24. An orange ribbon outlines skeletal remains in a mass grave, unearthed in the village Paccha of Peru. For three decades, the soil of this unpopulated hamlet on the Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river guarded bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them adherents of the Shining Path rebels.
25. A person dressed as an astronaut walks past a man stopping traffic on a pedestrian crossing outside the Sydney Exhibition Center where the science-fiction convention called "Oz Comic-Con" was held on September 13, 2014.
26. A dead man lies amid debris after what activists said were two air strikes by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a market in central Douma, eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria, on September 17, 2014.
27. An art installation by Brazilian artist Eduardo Srur made with a life-size mannequin stands on a bridge over the highly polluted Pinheiros River in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 18, 2014. Srur says his work aims to warn people about the pollution in the city's rivers.
28. U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on September 14, 2014. North Korea sentenced Todd Miller to six years hard labor for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the isolated country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time.
29. Geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory survey the lava flow from the June 27th flow from the Kilauea volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii, on September 15, 2014. Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said the slow-moving lava is expected to bypass homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision, and the lava is about 19 days from reaching Pahoa Village Road.
30. The Matterhorn, reflected in the Riffelsee near Zermatt, Switzerland, on September 13, 2014.
31. A man stands in his flooded home in Zazina village, central Croatia, on September 15, 2014. Heavy rain caused rivers to rise, closing roads and threatening houses and factories.
32. A Raccoon dog is pictured near a brown-bear-watching hide located in an area frequented by around 700 Estonian brown bears, near Alutaguse, north-eastern Estonia, on September 15, 2014. Visitors can participate in watching tours and observe bears as well as other animals such as foxes and wild boars from the end of April till beginning of July, and from September to October.
33. A child looks for metal scraps among cables on a barge in Manila on September 16, 2014.
34. A tourist takes a picture of the step pyramid of Djoser during a visit to the ancient Egyptian Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometers south of Cairo on September 16, 2014. Egypt tried to end controversy about the restoration of the step pyramid of Djose, after facing accusations of endangering the famous pharaonic monument, dating back over 4,600 years, due to ongoing restoration work.
35. A couple walks through Richmond Park at sunset on September 12, 2014 in London, England.