A lot of different sites have posted the top photographs of 2010, but Yahoo had some really good ones, and said anybody could use them, so I am. I’m not showing you all 212 of them – just the ones that I can look at over and over again – or just once. Gripping stuff, folks.
Capt. Brian Bews was attempting a High Alpha Pass while rehearsing for an air show in Alberta, Canada. Something went horribly wrong, and he ejected in just the nick of time before his CF-18 crashed to the ground and exploded. He landed and was dragged hundreds of feet along the ground, causing some nasty scrapes. Not too bad considering the alternative.
These twenty-nine women completed eight weeks of basic training and twelve weeks of finance and logistics classes to become the first graduates of the Afghan National Army’s female Officer Candidate School. In order to qualify, the women had to have completed the twelfth grade. Most of them had no prior military training, and many left families or college behind to join. They report to American female drill sergeants, and are a new chapter in the Afghan National Army. None at this time will be assigned to combat units.
A little boy capers amongst the group of statues by Chinese artist Yue Minjun outside the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Yue Minjun is known as a Chinese “Cynical Realist” though he does not like that classification. He is best known for his oil self portraits where he is depicted in different settings laughing. Much like the statues seen above.
Traditional Indian wrestling matches occur in a dirt pit. Hence the dirt you see above. Indian wrestlers live a life of complete discipline, abstaining from anything that would take their purity (smoking, drinking, and sex) and living on chapattis (whole wheat flatbread), ghee (clarified butter made from the milk of the sacred cow), eggs, almonds, and milk.
The Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) in Berlin, is a great big celebration of the “cultural and ethnic diversity of Berlin.” This past years was the 15th annual.
A disturbing photograph of a wave washing to shore in Alabama after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Ten for you folks. I’ll send more your way soon.