Pictures of the week: A watermelon fountain, volcanic activity and football

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Each week, The Independent’s picture editors sift through hundreds of thousands of images sent to us by photography agencies from around the world. Among these images are some that capture our attention with their eye-catching and striking qualities, representing a wide range of subjects including culture, news, politics, sport, and lifestyle. For those interested, updates on the latest photography making headlines can be found on our Instagram page.

One image features hot air balloons taking to the air in a mass ascent at dawn during the Bristol international balloon fiesta in Ashton Court, Bristol. The vibrant colors and dreamlike scene create a mesmerizing visual experience. Another photo shows a man wading through a flooded street in Bago township in Myanmar’s Bago region. The ominous atmosphere and the man’s solitary figure tell a story of resilience in the face of adversity.

In a display of national pride, a group of 145 swimmers participate in an event to stretch a 78-meter-long national flag in the sea ahead of Indonesia’s 78th Independence Day in Makassar, South Sulawesi. This image captures the unity and spirit of the Indonesian people. A bumblebee feeding on a sunflower field in Thun-Saint-Martin, France, showcases the beauty and intricacy of nature.

The contrast between a group of boys playing football and the city skyline in Jakarta, Indonesia, represents the bustling energy and harmony between urban life and recreational activities. An Icelandic foal stands in a meadow of a stud farm as the sun rises in Wehrheim near Frankfurt, Germany, creating a serene and picturesque moment.

Visitors examine a fountain filled with watermelons and melons at the State Department Store GUM, located at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. This unusual display highlights the creativity and playfulness of art. Volcano Mount Merapi belching fumes during an eruption, as viewed from Wonokerto village in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is a powerful reminder of the destructive yet awe-inspiring forces of nature.

Lastly, “Tony” the gorilla enjoying his breakfast at Kyiv Zoo in Ukraine brings a touch of humor and charm to the collection. These images, curated from a vast array of sources around the world, offer glimpses into different cultures, landscapes, and moments in time.

Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of nature, the resilience of people, or the vibrant energy of urban life, these images serve as a visual feast for our senses and an opportunity to appreciate the diverse beauty that exists in our world.

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