Canadian artist Judith Saunders stands on a rock at East Grand Lake near Orient, Maine, as she studies the sunset on Sept. 21 for one of her series of paintings on the Chiputneticook Lakes.
Jens Meyer | AP
Ten-year old Adele Anhalt inspects the mouth of a model of a dinosaur in the exhibition "World of Dinosaurs" in Hohenfelden near Erfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. From Sept. 15 to Nov. 4 the exhibition shows 65 models of 56 species of dinosaurs reproduced under scientific instructions in natural size. Among them are stegosaurs, diplodocus, triceratops, archaeopteryx, tyrannosaur, and other representatives of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Farah Abdi Warsameh | AP
Masked Somali pirate Abdi Ali stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over -- most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.
Matthias Schrader | AP
Traditionally dressed Bavarian men raise their steins and enjoy a sunny day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012, will see some million visitors.
Oded Balilty | AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jews swing chickens over their heads as part of the Kaparot ritual, in which it is believed that one transfers one's sins from the past year into the chicken, in the Ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The ritual is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Tuesday.
Enric Marti | AP
Reflected and framed by an outline profile photo of Fidel Castro is another photo of the Cuban leader, both photographed by his son Alex Castro, during the inauguration of his photo exhibit, "El Rostro de la Historia," or "The Face of History," in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
Andres Kudacki | AP
Protestors clash with the police riots during the march to the parliament against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people.