Flooding from summer storms that brought parts of Britain to a halt over the weekend is gradually subsiding and forecasters say much of the country will enjoy dry weather on Monday and over the coming week. 

• Lightning strikes the UK - in pictures

Lightning illuminates Brighton pier, East Sussex. Photo: Max Langran/Apex

Award-winning photographer Charlie Waite documents the stunning landscapes of Libya, taken in the days leading up to the revolution that deposed the dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. See more here

Charlie’s photographs are on display at the Lyttleton Gallery until 16 August, for the exhibition Silent Exchange. 

All photo: Charlie Waite photography.

The Oldest Living Things In The World, by Rachel Sussman 

This 9,550-year-old spruce gran picea is, Rachel says, “a portrait of climate change”: as the plateau upon which it lives has warmed up, the tree has grown taller. See more photos 

National Geographic Traveler photo contest 2014 - in pictures

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler photo contest has opened, inviting photographers from around the world to submit their shots. Here are some of the first entries. See more

Photos: Nicholas Roemmelt, Sebastian Warneke, David Sausse

Cool holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye, Scotland - in pictures

As well as the traditional cosy cottages you’d expect to find on the beautiful island of Skye, there are also a surprising number of cool contemporary properties with impressive eco credentials. See more

Photos, top to bottom:PR, James Ross, Andrew Lee. Click photos for captions. 

Bitter cold turns caves on Great Lakes into stunning ice sculptures – in pictures

It’s been so cold for so long in the midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94% of the lakes’ surface was frozen. As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88%, according to the federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. See more

Photos: Brian Peterson/AP

Birdwatchers gather at dusk to marvel at the remarkable murmuration of more than 50,000 starlings roosting at Middleton Moor, Derbyshire

Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Dakar Rally 2014: week two – in pictures

David Pabiska of the Czech Republic for KTM SP Moto Bohemia Racing scales a dune on stage 12 on the way to La Serena. We’ve rounded up the best images from the journey to the finish-line in Valparaíso in Chile. See more

Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images