Saturday, July 2, 2011

16 Amazing Events In Pictures - june 2011

A kingfisher is reflected as it dives effortlessly head first in to the water. Rob Sawer spent five weeks watching a family of the birds at the River Alde in Suffolk. He captured this sight after setting up a glass tank full of fish under the water. Mr Sawer, from Saxmundham, Suffolk, said: "I submerged a glass tank in the river, popped in some fish, set up the flashes and focused the camera on the centre of the tank. I pressed the shutter just before the bird entered the water. There is a lot of luck involved as to the position of the bird and I had several near misses."


Cave divers from the Orda Cave Awareness Project explore the beautiful Orda Cave in Russia's western Urals region. A team of daring cave divers have explored the longest underwater gypsum cave in the world. Gypsum is a mineral that can form into clear crystals.


A woman from Maanshan in eastern China's Anhui Province got her head stuck in the vehicle's closing doors. She was attempting to get off the No137 bus at her stop, but the driver was obviously impatient to get going and closed the doors quickly, just as the woman poked her head out. The doors slammed around her neck, leaving her body inside the bus and her head outside. Seeing the incident the other passengers shouted at the driver to open the doors, which he did. Once released the woman climbed off the bus and quickly walked away, rubbing her neck, without making a complaint.


An eight-year-old Chinese boy who has a large birthmark covering one side of his face is to receive free surgery to remove it. An Qi was born with the large birthmark, which covers the right side of his face. As he has grown older the mark has grown further and also grown thick black hair. Min Yi Plastic Surgery Hospital in Changchun has now agreed to waive its treatment fee. Zheng Xiaoqin, president of the hospital, said it's rare to have such a large hairy mole on the face and An's treatment will be in four steps.


A great-grandfather has left passers-by stunned after turning his mobility scooter into the Batmobile. Retired construction worker Brian Vann, 74, spent weeks transforming his electric scooter into the superhero's car. Brian can be spotted riding the Batmobile, which has a top speed of eight miles per hour, around Evesham, Worcestershire.


A monk grabs a tiger cub by its tail. Amateur photographer Hendro Hioe was travelling through the Kanchanaburi province in Thailand when he heard from locals that a monk had befriended a tiger family. Hendro, from Jakarta, Indonesia, said: "When I heard about the monk and tiger I knew I had to get a shot of them together. They are an odd friendship. The monk feeds and showers the cubs just like they were his children."


The American flag flaps in the breeze against the backdrop of a halo around the sun at the US track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon. These rings are caused by cirrus clouds and moisture as high as 30,000 feet where the temperatures are well below freezing. The moisture turns into ice crystals, and the sunlight then reflects off these ice crystals creating a halo or ring.


A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain. The town has for centuries chosen to protect its young from evil spirits with the unusual ritual in which a man dressed as the devil leaps over mattresses each holding four or five babies.


Karola Meier participates in the German snuff sniffing championships, in Kucha, Bavaria


A boy runs from a huge wave during a storm in a Black Sea port of Sochi, Russia


Ukrainian actress Ira Melkonyan performs in "White Sea" by the rubberbodies theatre collective at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta, Malta


US President Barack Obama holds up a jersey presented to him by the Colorado Rapids during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, honouring the team for their 2010 Major League Soccer (MLS) Championship


Fireworks explode along the Detroit skyline during the 53rd annual Target Fireworks


A water bomber drops water over a forest fire in Barro, near Pontevedra, northwestern Spain


A laser image of Saudi King Abdullah is projected in the sky during a ceremony for new graduates of the Saudi special forces, held at their base near the capital Riyadh


Chinese workers install a giant communist party symbol to celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China on July 1, on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.