1) Yoga kitty Miles does the Dhyana, or self-inquiry pose


From Tuesday’s The Guardian

A customer being worked on in a hamam, or public bath, Kabul, Afghanistan.   

The first thing I do every morning is slow stretching exercises.  If I don’t then my back will tightening up, and the only stretching I will do is for the ibuprofen.

Do you do any exercises daily, or on a regular basis?

2) Another from the online edition of the British newspaper The Guardian:


Beijing, China: A visitor rides the speed-slide in the new water park at the National Aquatics Centre, better known during the 2008 Olympics as the Water Cube

That is some water-slide.  I must admit I have never been on one myself.

 Have you ever had fun like this?

3)  From NASA


On August 1, 2010, almost the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted in a tumult of activity. This image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory of the news-making solar event on August 1 shows the C3-class solar flare (white area on upper left), a solar tsunami (wave-like structure, upper right), multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large-scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection and more.

This multi-wavelength extreme ultraviolet snapshot from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the sun’s northern hemisphere in mid-eruption. Different colors in the image represent different gas temperatures. Earth’s magnetic field is still reverberating from the solar flare impact on August 3, 2010, which sparked aurorae as far south as Wisconsin and Iowa in the United States. Analysts believe a second solar flare is following behind the first flare and could re-energize the fading geomagnetic storm and spark a new round of Northern Lights.

4) From Tuesday’s Christian Science Monitor Photos


A devotee takes part in the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Monday. The word ‘Bonalu’ is derived from the Telugu word ‘Bhojanalu,’ which refers to the food offered to the goddess Kali, the Hindu goddess of power. The main ritual in the month-long festival consists of offering cooked rice, jaggery, curd, water, and other dishes brought by women in earthen pots to Kali. Devotees believe that the offerings will ward off evil and epidemics during the monsoon period.