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Over the Rainbow

September 2014

Michael Ciaglo | The Colorado Springs Gazette

A rainbow lights up a field outside Hartsel, Colo. as a spring storm passes through the area on May 22, 2014.

  • Over the Rainbow

    Over the Rainbow

    September 2014

    Michael Ciaglo | The Colorado Springs Gazette

    A rainbow lights up a field outside Hartsel, Colo. as a spring storm passes through the area on May 22, 2014.

  • Need a Lift?

    Need a Lift?

    August 2014

    Tom Dodge | Columbus Dispatch

    David Jackson, with Smoot Construction, backs his truck to load a Tyrannosaurus Rex behind the Manatee Coast at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Copyright: Dispatch Printing Company

  • Clean Hit

    Clean Hit

    July 2014

    Doug Duran | Bay Area News Group

    While trying to protect a bull rider, bullfighter Eric Layton is launched into the air by a bull named "Crystal Clean" during the Livermore Rodeo in Livermore, Calif., on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

  • Submerged

    Submerged

    June 2014

    John Kim | Chicago Tribune

    Ashley McMillan, 22, gets immersed into the water during the New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge at North Avenue Beach, Jan. 1, 2014, in Chicago.

  • Storm Chasers

    Storm Chasers

    May 2014

    Matt Detrich | The Indianapolis Star

    Members of the M.E.S.O. Storm Chase team perch themselves on the peak of a country road to get the best vantage point to hopefully watch a tornado form out of the gigantic clouds that surround them in Iowa on May 12, 2013.

  • Polar Vortex

    Polar Vortex

    April 2014

    James Neiss | Niagara (N.Y.) Gazette

    Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park is a winter wonderland as a result of the frigid temperatures this past January.

  • Cramped Quarters

    Cramped Quarters

    March 2014

    Michael Robinson Chavez | Los Angeles Times

    This photo, taken on Oct. 25, 2013, shows the Pavaozinho favela, or slum, sitting above two of the most expensive and desirable neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro: Copocabana and Ipanema. Rios police force has pacified all of the favelas in this wealthy and tourist-filled area by forcing the drug lords out.

  • Electrical Storm

    Electrical Storm

    February 2014

    Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.)

    Storm watchers look at lightning strikes from Bachmann Park in Manette, Wash., early on Aug. 10, 2013.

  • Star-Spangled Banner

    Star-Spangled Banner

    January 2014

    K.C. Alfred | U-T San Diego

    Army soldiers unfurl a giant flag during the national anthem prior to an NFL Monday Night Football game on Sept. 9, 2013 between the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

  • FROM THE SKY

    FROM THE SKY

    December 2013

    Marc Lester | Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News

    Staff Sgt. Otis Lee watches from the grounds as other Army paratroopers come down onto the Malemute Drop Zone. Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne) conducted a mass tactical training exercise at the Malemute Drop Zone on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on June 4, 2013. About 550 paratroopers jumped from C-17 aircraft during the exercise.

  • Fragile World

    Fragile World

    November 2013

    Michael Chow | The Arizona Republic

    Lizzy Hendrickson hangs on a fence while playing during recess at Prince of Peace Preschool in Phoenix, Ariz. The four-year-old suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic skin disease that causes the skin to be so fragile that the slightest friction can cause severe blistering. There is no cure.

  • Window Washing Hero

    Window Washing Hero

    October 2013

    Cherie Diez | Tampa Bay Times

    Sao Doan,5, right, watches as her mom, Tiffany Ringer, snaps a photo of Spider-Man (aka Merrill Hunt) as he washes her window at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 10, 2013.

  • A Snack to Go

    A Snack to Go

    September 2013

    Christine Hochkeppel | Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, Mass.)

    Grace Nelson, 7, watches as a seagull snatches a piece of bread right from her hand at the Falmouth Heights Beach parking lot on Feb. 6, 2013.

  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    August 2013

    Michael McCollum | The (Stockton, Calif.) Record

    Ross and Snow and Canada Geese take flight at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Vernalis, Calif. There were thousands taking a break in the stubblefield off of Beckwith Road, north on Highway 132, east of Highway 5.

  • Memorial Tribute

    Memorial Tribute

    July 2013

    Robin Scholz / News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)

    Hunter Fazio (front) tries to clean off a grave marker as his brother Talon (left) talks with Trent Boppart, as Cub Scout Pack 121 helped members of the American Legion Post 24 install flags on all of the veterans grave sites at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Champaign, Ill., on May 25, 2013.

  • Face Time

    Face Time

    June 2013

    Francis Gardler / Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star

    Florida State batter James Ramsey grimaces as he foul tips a pitch off his face during the Stony Brook game at the NCAA College World Series on Sunday, June 17, 2012, at TD Ameritrade Park.

  • Happy Day

    Happy Day

    May 2013

    Lisa DeJong/The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer

    On a frigid, snowy February day, a 4-month-old Labrador puppy appropriately named Happy forges ahead of his owner, 11-year-old Tommy Baker. Baker was happy himself, celebrating a day off school with a snow day. The National Weather Service had issued a snow warning for most of the county. Baker said Happy loves the snow and couldnt care less that the temperature was 15 degrees.

  • Capacity Crowd

    Capacity Crowd

    April 2013

    Guy Rhodes / Sun-Times Media

    Spectators fill Chicagos North Avenue Beach as seen from an aerial view during the annual Chicago Air and Water Show on Aug. 18, 2012. The image was shot with a 400mm lens from the back door of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Teams Fokker C-31A aircraft. The plane was climbing to an altitude of 12,500 feet above the beach in preparation for the teams jump.

  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    March 2013

    Alan Berner | The Seattle Times

    Rescued on Capitol Hill in mid-November 2012, a snowy owl is released in Volunteer Park by Sarvey Wildlife Care Center. The owl, with a wingspan of more than 3 feet, left its crate a second after the door was opened. A crowd watched as the owl flew away silently.

  • Scorched Earth

    Scorched Earth

    February 2013

    Terry Pierson | The Press-Enterprise

    A Los Angeles fire department truck makes its way through burnt valley brush during the more than 3,000-acre Buck Fire in Riverside County, Calif., on Aug. 15, 2012. More than 400 firefighters were called in from around the state to help battle the blaze in the rocky foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains. One resident and two firefighters were injured the first day of the fire.

  • Taste of Victory

    Taste of Victory

    January 2013

    Steve Russell/Toronto Star

    As time winds down, Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich has Gatorade dumped on him in celebration as the Argonauts defeat the Calgary Stampeders 35 to 22 to win the Canadian Football Leagues 100th Grey Cup game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.

  • Flying Colors

    Flying Colors

    December 2012

    Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News

    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds military jet team flies in formation over north Fort Worth, Texas, as it makes an approach to Alliance Airport, Oct. 5, 2012. The team was one of the aerial highlights of the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.

  • Natural Wonder

    Natural Wonder

    November 2012

    Robert Becker/Lincoln Journal Star

    As a grasshopper hangs on, a honeybee flies to the nectar of a bright sunflower in a yellow field west of Adams along Highway 41 in southeast Nebraska.

  • Suspended Animation

    Suspended Animation

    October 2012

    Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune

    Cruz Guzman, a window washer with Corporate Cleaning Services, has some fun with his safety harness while descending from the top of the American Medical Association building in Chicago, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Olympic Dreams

    Olympic Dreams

    September 2012

    Nhat V. Meyer/San Jose Mercury News

    The vivacious Gabby Douglas edged world-champion Jordyn Wieber for the first time in her career to win the all-around title at the U.S. Olympic trials at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The victory highlighted a thrilling conclusion to the four-day event when Douglas joined the rest of the Olympic team as shredded paper rained down on them while they stood before a cheering sold-out audience.