2012 A Year in Pictures: Part II


Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the United States side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 15. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)


An image provided by NASA, the SDO satellite captures a ultra-high definition image of the Transit of Venus across the face of the sun at on June 5 from space. The last transit was in 2004 and the next pair of events will not happen again until the year 2117 and 2125. (NASA)


An Indian barber holding a candle, gives a haircut for a customer on July 31 at his shop in Kolkata, India. India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world’s biggest blackout. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)


Revelers on the Mall in London watch Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony on June 5 as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II accession to the British throne. (Sang Tan/Associated Press)


Muslims attend a mass prayer session “Tarawih” marking the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in a mosque in Makassar of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province on July 20. The Indonesian government set Ramadan to fall on July 21. (Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters)


A double rainbow appears after heavy storms pass over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada, on July 13. (Gene Blevins/Reuters)


An attendee with rainbow-colored lips pauses during the annual gay pride parade in Sao Paulo on June 10. About three million people took part in the parade under the theme of “Homophobia has a cure”. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/GettyImages)


Wrangler Nate Cummins takes the opportunity to ride by moonlight, the night before the “Super Moon” during Montana Horses’ annual horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 4. The Mantle family, who own Montana Horses, held their last horse drive where they rounded up approximately 300 horses and drove the herd 35 miles from their winter range to the Mantle ranch. The horses will be picked up by leasers to be used as pack and trail horses at dude ranches and national parks. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)


A policeman chases a supporter of a jailed female punk band while climbing on a fence enclosing the Turkish embassy near a court building in Moscow on Aug. 17. Three women from the Russian punk band were sentenced to two years in jail on Friday for their protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader’s “personal revenge”. (Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters)


Rescuers and relatives stop a woman from committing suicide by jumping off a building in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Aug. 14. The woman was rescued as she tried to commit suicide after killing her nephew following a family dispute, local media reported. (Reuters)


The Thunderbirds perform a fly past as graduates celebrate at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 23. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama hug after delivering remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 15 during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)


Commuters disembark from crowded suburban trains during the morning rush hour at Churchgate railway station on World Population Day in Mumbai on July 11. According to a 2011 census conducted by the government of India, Mumbai has a population of more than 12 million with an estimated population density of about 20,482 persons per square kilometer. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)


Runners pass the Olympic flame on the first day of competition in the Olympic Stadium, on Aug. 3. (Daniel Ochoa De Olza/Associated Press)


Gabrielle Douglas of the United States performs on the balance beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


A squirrel is trapped in a manhole cover in Isenhagen, northern Germany, on Aug. 5. After they were called by neighbors, police managed to free the animal by using olive oil. (Associated Press via Police Hanover)


Wrestlers perform during the Lucha Va Voom’s Cinco de Mayan show at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., on May 4. Lucha Va Voom is the mixture of elements of Lucha libre, or masked Mexican professional wrestling, with comedy and striptease. Since 2002, the company has toured the United States for the annual Cinco De Mayo show, they have added some more “traditional” Mexican elements like Folklorico dancers, mariachis, Aztec dancers, tequila, and something called “tamales from outer space.” (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)


Competitors work to pull a woman up an obstacle where competitors must jump to the top of a half pipe during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vt., on July 15. The Tough Mudder is a nine mile endurance event which runs competitors through a military style obstacle course complete with mud, water and fire. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)


Space Shuttle Enterprise is carried by barge underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on June 3 in New York City. Enterprise is on it’s way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, where it will put on permanent display. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)


A baby sleeps in a sheet made into a hammock on Aug. 12 in Manila, Philippines after relentless rains submerged at least a third to one half of the sprawling capital triggering a landslide that killed nine people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue tens of thousands of residents. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)


An area lies scorched by a wildfire near Mt. Pleasant, Utah on June 25. (Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via Associated Press)


Visitors of the Holi Open Air, throw powdered color at each other at the riverside of the Elbe in Dresden, Germany, on Aug. 26. (Arno Burgi/European Pressphoto Agency)


A full moon as seen from West Orange, N.J., rises over the skyline of Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on May 6. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)


Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix on May 20. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via Associated Press)(via)

See Part I here.