Photo: Ash billows from the Puyehue volcano in southern Chile on June 5. The eruption was the volcano's first in 50 years. The huge ash cloud prompted evacuations of some 3,500 people and caused air-travel nightmares as far away as New Zealand. Photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Jun 05, 2011
Photo: The fierce tornadoes that swept through Alabama in the last days of April killed more than 200 people in the state and destroyed hundreds of homes. In the small town of Pleasant Grove, near Birmingham, two people survived by taking shelter in the closet pictured above; the rest of their house was destroyed. Photo: The Washington Post/Contributor May 12, 2011
Photo: A rare, nocturnal web-footed gecko wipes the morning dew from its eyes in the Namibian desert. These geckos collect water on their eyeballs in the early morning; later, they lick it off to have a drink. Photo: National News/Zumapress.com Jul 07, 2011
Photo: The tall ship Alexander von Humbolt cuts through waves and weather during Kieler Woche, the world's largest sailing event in Kiel, Germany, on June. Photo: Eduard Bopp/Imago/Zumapress.com Jun 24, 2011
Photo: The tall ship Alexander von Humbolt cuts through waves and weather during Kieler Woche, the world's largest sailing event in Kiel, Germany, on June. Photo: Eduard Bopp/Imago/Zumapress.com Jun 24, 2011In a photograph so strikingly improbable that it immediately went viral on the Internet -- and prompted widespread speculation that it was a Photoshopped hoax -- Scott Jones and his girlfriend Alex Thomas appear to be romancing in the midst of a riot in the aftermath of the Vancouver Canucks' Game 7 Stanley Cup loss in June. Turns out, though, that Getty photographer Rich Lam's photo actually captures Jones, a 29-year-old Australian, trying to comfort Thomas after she had been knocked to the ground by police in the chaos that erupted after the Boston Bruins' victory. "I'll always remember those feelings and emotions" from that night, Thomas said in one of the many interviews she and Jones gave in the weeks that followed, "but that there's a photograph that so clearly shows it is just incredible."  Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images Jun 15, 2011
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A rare, nocturnal web-footed gecko wipes the morning dew from its eyes in the Namibian desert. These geckos collect water on their eyeballs in the early morning; later, they lick it off to have a drink. Photo: National News/Zumapress.com Jul 07, 2011
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