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The second collection of images from 2012 once again brought us nature at its full force and beauty along with news and daily life coming from countries like Russia, Syria, Egypt, England, India and Italy. The following is a compilation - not meant to be comprehensive in any way - of images from the second 4 months of 2012. Please see part 1 from Monday and here's part 3. -- Lloyd Young ( 47 photos total)
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)

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TedxVienna - Ed Neumeister - Focus on Focus Ed Neumeister grew up in San Francisco in the 50's and 60's. He began playing music at the age of five, later becoming a fixture on the San Francisco music scene. Moving to New York in 1980, Ed performed for 15 years in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and 19 years with the Mel Lewis Big Band. Other renowned artists he performed and recorded with include Jerry Garcia, Gerry Mulligan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Since 1992 he has toured extensively as a conductor and guest soloist in Europe, Japan and US, often receiving composition commissions because of his unique voice as a composer. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992. He is the founder of the NeuHat Ensemble in New York and ENJO (Ed Neumeister Jazz Orchestra) in New York and Los Angeles. As a leader, he has recorded seven albums. Since 2007 Ed has been active in film music. He has contributed arrangements orchestrations for films such as "Inception", "Sherlock Holmes", "The Dark Knight Rises" and the 2012 Academy Awards. Ed Neumeister is Professor of Jazz Trombone at the University of the Performing Arts, Graz Austria.

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