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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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The Law of Universal Flow: Nancy Brook at TEDxCrestmoorParkWomen

Nancy Brook is a dynamic, award-winning speaker, best-selling author and business woman. She has spent her entire life learning how to "let it go and watch it flow." Nancy has survived divorce, single parenthood, a business failure, financial struggles and even five days of mistaken jail time. And maybe it's because of her challenges and setbacks that she's become a successful writer, speaker and business woman. Nancy's first book, "Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France," was not only an Amazon bestseller but also was named a finalist in two categories for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The book, which has been compared to "Eat, Pray, Love," chronicles an introspective journey through post-divorce dating, single parenthood, and finding happiness and independence as an unattached woman in her prime. As an award-winning speaker, Nancy inspires audiences to move beyond challenges and reach for their dreams. She is a member of the National Speakers Association and a fifteen-year member of Toastmasters International. She has competed as a regional finalist for the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking. Nancy works as a business development executive consulting with financial institutions throughout the Northwest. She also serves as faculty for an international bank training organization. She holds an MBA from the University of Montana and has more than twenty-five years experience in marketing. Her favorite activities are jogging, cycling, and <b>...</b>
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NIKE announced today the NIKE+ FuelBand, an innovative wristband that tracks and measures everyday movement to motivate and inspire people to be more active. Activities can now be measured through a new metric called NikeFuel: the more active you are, the more NikeFuel you earn.

NIKE President & CEO Mark Parker unveiled NIKE+ FuelBand at an event in New York attended by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, Oklahoma City scoring champion and all-star Kevin Durant and 2011 IAAF women’s 100-meter World Champion Carmelita Jeter.

“The NIKE+ FuelBand is a way for Nike to further evolve the exciting possibilities of merging the physical and digital worlds,” said Parker. “Nike has always been about inspiring athletes, and the NIKE+ FuelBand will help motivate them in a simple, fun and intuitive way.”

Designed to be worn throughout the day, the ergonomic, user-friendly NIKE+ FuelBand uses accelerometry to provide information about different activities through movement of the wrist via a LED dot matrix display. Four metrics are available: Time, Calories, Steps and NikeFuel. Unlike calorie counts, which vary based on someone’s gender and body type, NikeFuel is a normalized score that awards equal points for the same activity regardless of physical makeup.

Users set a daily goal of how active they want to be, and how much NikeFuel they want to achieve. The NIKE+ FuelBand displays a series of 20 LED lights that go from red-to-green as the user gets closer to their goal. The FuelBand syncs with the Nike+ website through a built-in USB, or wirelessly through Bluetooth to a free iPhone app, to record activity and track progress every day. The app interface also provides encouragement and motivation as goals are achieved.

Armstrong said, “What’s great about the idea of NikeFuel and the FuelBand is the way it provides real information and numbers to show how much people are doing all day, every day. That’s what will get people challenging themselves to do more and better their own scores. It’s a tool to get people more active.”

“NikeFuel means everyone can get recognition for activities they do,” said Durant. “It provides a scoreboard for your day and gets everyone moving.” Jeter said, “You don’t have to be an elite athlete to appreciate how NikeFuel can motivate you. It’s an easy way to get credit for activities and compare how you do with others, even if you take part in different sports.

The Nike+ Fuelband will be available for preorder starting January 19th in the US at Nikestore.com for a suggested retail price of $149 (US).



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The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. -- Lloyd Young Please see part 1 from Monday and watch for part 3 Friday. (45 photos total)
A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4, 2011, prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images) )

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Created to be the most challenging race for professional cyclists in American history, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is set to cover nearly 500 miles in Colorado.

Altitude and climbing will be themes through the entire race. After the opening- day prologue around Colorado Springs on Aug. 22, Stage 1 the next day from Salida to Crested Butte will go up 11,312-foot Monarch Pass and have a mountaintop finish atop Mt. Crested Butte.

The highlight of the race will be Stage 2 from Gunnison to Aspen on Aug. 24. Billed “the Queen’s Stage,” it will feature ascents over 12,126-foot Cottonwood Pass and 12,095-foot Independence Pass, the highest known climbs in international cycling.

On Stage 3, after the epic rides up Cottonwood and Independence, the 10-mile time trial around Vail will be primarily uphill. Stage 4 from Avon to Steamboat Springs will feature 5,000 feet in elevation change, and Stage 5 from Steamboat to Breckenridge will go over Rabbit Ears Pass.

The final day’s stage from Golden to Denver will go up Lookout Mountain , a 6.1 percent grade with 1,300 feet in elevation over 4.8 miles. However, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge and Denver will have sprinter finishes.

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Linda and Bill Mehos of Salida, Colo., wave to the riders as they leave the small town of Salida during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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Fans take pictures of cyclists as they race by near the start. The Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off today August 22, 2011, with the scenic backdrop of Garden of the Gods as the start line for the prologue time trial. The time trial course went 5.2 miles or 8.3 kilometers from Ridge Road/Juniper Way and Gateway Road inside Garden of the Gods, wound it's way through Colorado City along Colorado avenue and ended in downtown Colorado Springs at Cascade Ave. The prologue is an individual time trail important for designating the order for the first road stage the next day. German rider Patrick Gretsch of team HTC Highroad won the prologue. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off today August 22, 2011, with the scenic backdrop of Garden of the Gods as the start line for the prologue time trial. The time trial course went 5.2 miles or 8.3 kilometers from Ridge Road/Juniper Way and Gateway Road inside Garden of the Gods, wound it's way through Colorado City along Colorado avenue and ended in downtown Colorado Springs at Cascade Ave. The prologue is an individual time trail important for designating the order for the first road stage the next day. German rider Patrick Gretsch of team HTC Highroad won the prologue. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Jonathon Weurth, of Colorado Springs, Colo., cheers on rider Rafael Anibal Montiel, of the Gobernacion De Antioquia team, as he makes his way up a hill on the course during the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) TV OUT MAGS OUT #

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Rider Ivan Rovny of Team Radioshack makes his way through the Garden of the Gods. The Pro Cycling Challenge kicked off today August 22, 2011, with the scenic backdrop of Garden of the Gods as the start line for the prologue time trial. The time trial course went 5.2 miles or 8.3 kilometers from Ridge Road/Juniper Way and Gateway Road inside Garden of the Gods, wound it's way through Colorado City along Colorado avenue and ended in downtown Colorado Springs at Cascade Ave. The prologue is an individual time trail important for designating the order for the first road stage the next day. German rider Patrick Gretsch of team HTC Highroad won the prologue. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Janier Acevedo, with the Gobernacion De Antioquia, makes his way up the course during the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) #

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Germany's Patrick Gretsch, of HTC-Highroad, holds flowers on the podium after winning the prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson) #

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Molly McMurray, 7, got tired of waiting for Cadel Evans to exit his trailer, so she decided to put on her shades and sit on her knees for awhile hoping to get a glimpse of her favorite rider. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton make their way towards Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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RIders in the peloton make their way towards the top of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Fans get out their cameras to get photos of the riders as they top out at the summit of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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A rider with United HealthCare gets some energy drinks from his support vehicle along the route after having made the large descent off of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The large peloton heads for the top of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders head to the top of Monarch Pass during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, near Monarch, Colo. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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The large peloton heads for the top of Monarch Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radio shack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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A sign in the small town of Parlin. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radio shack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Jeremiah Ranegar, a support team member of BMC Cycling, waits ho hand out musettes, or food bags, to riders after the descent from Monarch Pass near Monarch, Colo., during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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Riders make their way toward Gunnison, Colo., with thunderheads looming in the distance during the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson #

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The large peloton makes their way through the town of Gunnison. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Fans line the streets of Crested Butte in anticipation of the riders coming through. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Fans line the streets of Crested Butte in anticipation of the riders coming through. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 1 kicked off today August 23rd, 2011, in the small town of Salida. It wound 99.3 miles through Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Crested Butte and ended on Mount Crested Butte. Team Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer won the first stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Levi Leipheimer, of the United States, celebrates his victory in the first stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in Crested Butte, Colo. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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3 year old Stephanie Harvey gets a little extra attention from Tour De France winner and Team BMC rider Cadel Evans, right. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way out of Gunnison early this morning. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton winds it's way through valleys before heading towards Cottonwood Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton jockey for position early in the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge near Gunnison, Colo., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way towards Cottonwood Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Daniel Navarro, left, with Saxo Bank Sungard, and Francois Parisien, of Team Spidertech, in front, are seen on their way towards Cottonwood Pass. Cottonwood Pass was the higher of the two passes at 12,126 feet. Independence Pass is 12,095 feet. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders make their way up Cottonwood Pass during the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, northeast of Gunnison, Colo. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Bissell Pro Cycling rider Ben Jacques-Maynes, #128 and Jelly Belly Cycling Team rider William Dickeson, #144 check out Taylor Park reservoir on their towards Cottonwood Pass. Behind them is BMC rider Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour De France. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way to the top of The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Cottonwood Pass, At 12126 feet it was the highest summit of the race. Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. This was the Queen Stage of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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From left to right: Sander Oostlander, #104 with Team SKIL-Shimano, Andre Steensen, #61 with Saxo Bank Sungard, Danny Pate, #44, with HTC-Highroad, and Rafael Montiel, #155 with Gobernacion De Antioquia, make their way up the dirt road of Cottonwood Pass. They were part of the break away pack. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12,126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton get near the summit of Cottonwood Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Riders in the peloton get near the summit of Cottonwood Pass northeast of Gunnison, Colo., during the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton makes it's way up Independence Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Huge crowds await the riders at the top of Independence Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Christian Vande Velde, #36, Team HTC-Highroad rider Tejay Van Garderen, #41, and leader Levii Leipheimer, of Team Radioshack top out on Independence Pass. Independence Pass is at an elevation of 12,095 feet. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The peloton heads towards Independence Pass which tops out at an elevation of 12,095 . The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12,126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team RadioShack riders from left to right Jason McCartney, #16 and Dmitiry Muravyev, #12, and Bjorn Selander, #18, look towards the looming high peak of Independence Pass that await them on their ride as they pass Twin Lakes. Independence Pass tops out at 12,095 feet. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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BMC Racing team's George Hincapie celebrates his win in Stage 2 as he comes to the finish line in Aspen. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, middle, congratulates BMC Racing teammate George Hincapie, right, on his win in the second stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in Aspen, Colo. At left is Jeff Louder. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Stage 2 winner George Hincapie, ot Team BMC gets the traditional double cheek kiss from the lovely ladies on the podium. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 2 kicked off today August 24th, 2011, in the small town of Gunnison, Colorado. This was the longest stage race of the entire race with the highest elevation gain. The course went over Cottonwood Pass thru Buena Vista and up and over Independence Pass and ended in downtown Aspen, Colorado. The entire race was 130.3 miles. At 12,126 feet, Cottonwood Pass is the highest climb of the race. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Radioshack rider Levi Leipheimer, wearing the green jersey for being the fastest sprinter yesterday, makes his way up the course as fans scream and yell encouragement for him. Leipheimer won the race in 25 minutes 47.08 seconds giving him today's yellow jersey. This is his second stage win of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass, today August 25, 2011. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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HTC-Highroad rider Danny Pate makes his way out of the stating gates. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Leopard Trek rider Jens Voigt tries to concentrate while crazy fans scream and shout as he makes his through the throngs of fans around the 5km mark of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Radioshack rider George Bennett heads towards Vail Pass with his number upside down. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Danny Summerhill, #38 makes his way up the course as fans scream and yell encouragement for him. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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HTC-Highroad rider Craig Lewis rounds the first corner out of the starting gates in the time trail that began in downtown Vail. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Daniel Lloyd gets ready to round the last corner before leaving downtown Vail heading towards Vail Pass on the beginning of the Stage 3 time trial race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Crazy fan Tyler Chapman screams and yells words of encouragment to Liquigas-Cannondale rider Edward King as he runs along side him as King makes his way up a steep portion of the hill climb up Vail Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Gobernacion De Antioquia rider Alejandro Ramirez Calderon heads towards Vail Pass during stage 3. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Crazy fans yell encouragement to Team Type 1 rider Alexander Efimkin as he makes his way up a steep portion of the hill climb up Vail Pass. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team HTC-Highroad rider Tejay Van Garderen, wearing the overall winners yellow jersey makes his way up the course as fans scream and yell encouragement for him. Van Garderen came in 6th overall with a time of 26 minutes 38.26 seconds. Leipheimer won the race in 25 minutes 47.08 seconds giving him today's yellow jersey. This is his second stage win of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass, today August 25, 2011. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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Team Garmin-Cervelo rider Christian Vande Velde raises his hands in the air while holding a new pair of skis on the podium. He came in second in today's time trail with a time of 25 minutes 47.66 seconds. Team Radioshack rider Levi Leipheimer won today's time trial in 25 minutes 47.08 seconds giving him today's yellow jersey. This is his second stage win of the race. The Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 3 was a 10 mile time trial that sent riders up Vail Pass, today August 25, 2011. Levi Leipheimer won today's stage giving him the yellow jersey for the second time in the race. Photo by Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post #

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The 98th Tour de France cycling race came to a close in Paris last Sunday, July 24th, as BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans became the first Australian ever to win the competition. Brothers Andy and Frank Schleck placed second and third. After covering some 3,430.5 kilometers (2,132 miles) in 21 stages, and climbing to some of the highest points in Europe -- Stage 18 included a run through Col Agnel, a 2,744 meter (9,000 feet) high pass through the Alps -- riders descended to Paris on Sunday. For his win, Evans took home a prize of 450,000 euros ($651,200), a prize traditionally shared by winners with their eight other teammates. Collected here are images from the second half of the 2011 Tour de France. Don't forget to see images from Part 1, published earlier. [41 photos]

Tour de France competitors ride through the rain in the 167.5 km 11th stage of the cycling race, between Blaye-les-Mines and Lavaur, France, on July 13, 2011. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

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With the crashes of the first half of the race behind him, Cadel Evans finally ascended to the top step of the Tour de France podium after winning the 2011 edition. Evans had twice finished second. It was a tour of firsts. Evans became the first Australian to win the world's most prestigious bike race, and the brothers Schleck, Andy and Frank, became the first siblings to share the podium, taking second and third, respectively. In an electrifying tour, Evans pulled out the win on the second to last day in the individual time trial, soundly beating both Schlecks to win the three-week race by over a minute and a half. A plucky Frenchman, Thomas Voeckler, had given French fans hope for ten days as he tenaciously clung to the overall lead, only to finally succumb on the grueling climbs of the Alps. He finished fourth overall. Defending champion Alberto Contador, perhaps weakened by his May victory in the exhausting three-week Tour of Italy, or Giro d'Italia, could do no better than fifth. Through it all, the beauty of France shone through. The Big Picture offers special thanks to Veeral Patel for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (34 photos total)
Australia's Cadel Evans (center) celebrates with BMC teammates on the Champs-Elysees after he won the 2011 Tour de France cycling race on July 24, 2011. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images)

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SHADE RELIEF SHADE RELIEF: A woman stopped to rest in the shade while going into a Salvation Army as temperatures in Dallas reached triple digits Friday. A dangerous heat wave blanketed dozens of U.S. states. (Larry W. Smith/European Pressphoto Agency)

MOTHER AND CHILD MOTHER AND CHILD: A Somali woman held her child Friday as she stood next to a Somali government soldier at a camp in Mogadishu that was set up to help people who have been displaced by famine and a severe drought affecting the Horn of Africa. (Mustafa Abdi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BUS MONITOR BUS MONITOR: A masked man carrying a stick guarded the inside of a public bus Thursday in Guatemala City. Residents organized armed groups to patrol the streets. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)

BACK OFF BACK OFF: Alberto Contador, Spain’s three-time Tour de France winner, punched a man dressed up as a doctor as he climbed Alpe d’Huez in the nineteenth stage of the 2011 Tour de France race Friday. (Lionel Bonaventure/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A RALLY A RALLY: Supporters of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh attended a rally to show their support after Friday prayers in San’a. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

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Today, what shook me were eight images taken by Feisal Omar in Somalia that didn’t even come close to what I'd call graphic, compared to the more horrifying images I've seen.

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Features 

Now know why I couldn’t find Chien-Chi Chang’s Burma work in May when writing about this year’s Visa Pour l’image program….It’s only being published now… in National Geographic Magazine’s August issue…

Chien-Chi Chang: Land of Shadows (NGM: August 2011) Burma

Somalia drought in the news…

Tyler Hicks: Fleeing Somalia’s Drought (NYT: July 2011)

Robin Hammond: Drought Crisis in Somalia (Guardian: July 2011)

South Sudan….

Francesco Zizola: South Sudan on the Eve of Independence (NOOR: July 2011)

Dominic Nahr: Republic of South Sudan Gains Independence (Magnum: July 2011)

Cedric Gerberhaye: Land of Cush (Magnum Emergency Foundation: July 2011) Sudan

I had a quick look at the latest New Yorker issue at my local newsagents’ the other day…It had, what must have been a 10,000 word, article by Philip Gourevitch on Rwandan cycling team…Photos by Dominic Nahr… Only two frames tho, unless I counted wrong…double spread of the below image to open the piece and then another….Would have expected more photos to be used for such a long piece, but then again, New Yorker is pretty word heavy magazine…Luckily we can see 10 frames on their brilliant Photo booth….

Dominic Nahr: Rwandan Cycling Team (New Yorker: July 2011)

Sven Torfinn: In Sierra Leone, Widened Access to Health Care Saves Lives (NYT: July 2011)

KC Ortiz: West Papuan Rebels (Newsweek: July 2011)

Libya…

Plenty of Katie Orlinsky’s photos in the latest Visura Magazine… Do make sure to also read the text…

Katie Orlinsky: Libya (Visura Magazine: July 2011)

Bryan Denton: As Rebels Capture Towns, Destruction Follows (NYT: July 2011)

David Degner: Libyans Live With 5 Months of War (MSNBC: July 2011) More on Degner’s website

I was checking on the VII website yesterday whether there were any features I hadn’t seen… Nothing new on the front page, but plenty on the VII Network page… The VII front page does often feature series by the Network photographers, but not all of them… not quite sure what is the criteria,as for instance Lynsey Addario’s new work is pretty much always on the VII front page…including the  recent Five-Star Delhi…The below Bhutan work wasn’t tho.. Anyway, have to remember to keep checking the Network page more often…Although, VII is closing the Network soon…Guess it’ll all be clearer then…

Lynsey Addario: Bhutan (VII Network: July 2011)

Jessica Dimmock: Gossip Girls (VII Network: July 2011)

Seamus Murphy: Chinese Tourists in Italy (VII Network: July 2011)

VII Network members from Afghanistan…

Tivadar Domaniczky: Living with the 1-8 (VII Network: 2011) Afghanistan

Eric Bouvet: French Commandos (VII Network: 2011) Afganistan

Also Afghanistan…

Charles Ommanney: Petraeus’s Final Days in Afghanistan (Newsweek: July 2011)

Balazs Gardi: Afghanistan with iPhone (bewaremag.com: July 2011)

Chloe Dewe Matthews: The Caspian Sea (Panos: July 2011)

Alinka Echeverria: The Road To Tepeyac (Foto8: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen: Gold Fever (NOOR: July 2011)

Nina Berman: September 11: The Afterglow (NOOR)

Sergio Ramazzotti: The Interpreter (Parallelo Zero Vimeo: 2011)

Magnum Photos: Tour de France (Magnum in Motion: July 2011)

Mark Redondo: In God’s Hands (Visura: July 2011)

Gordon Parks: F.S.A. (NYT Lens: July 2011)

Colombia…

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala: Hunting FARC (Reportage by Getty Images: July 2011)

Franco Pagetti: Women’s Prison (VII Magazine: July 2011) Colombia

Carlotta Zarattini: Cambodia (NYT Lens: July 2011)

Kenneth O’Halloran: Living with Alzheimer’s (TIME LB: July 2011)

Gabriela Bulisova: Formerly Incarcerated Women (Al Jazeera English: July 2011) US Prison System

Martin Usborne: Dog’s in Cars (TIME: LB: July 2011)

Daniel Etter: Syria  - A Revolution Silenced (Photographer’s website: 2011)

Kosuke Okahara: Inevitable Moment (Photographer’s website: 2011) Cairo

Events - Frontline Club Photography Network Party : 20 July : London

multiMedia

New issue of Visura Magazine is available online

Viceland Photo Issue

Awards, Grants, and Competitions

This year’s Ian Parry Scholarship winner and finalists have been announced….

Ian Parry Scholarship Winner and Finalists (pdf) (Ian Parry Scholarship press release: July 2011)

BJP: Landscape first for Ian Parry Scholarship (BJP: July 2011)

Ed Ou wins the City of Perpignan Young Reporter Award for his Children of Men work (BJP: July 2011)

Congratulations to all the winners in the Press Photographers’ Year competition…

photo: Adam Dean  | First Prize: photo essay

The Press Photographers’ Year 2011 : Winners’ list :  Slideshow of Winning work

The winner of the 2011 Inge Morath, Zhe Che (Ingemorath.org: July 2011)

Open Society Documentary Photography Project announces Moving Walls 19 photographers (soros.org: July 2011)

Articles

More on Arles…

Francis Hodgson: Arles the fun of the fair (FT: July 2011)

Ben Burbridge: Arles 2011 (Photoworks blog: 2011)

Doug Mills shooting stills and video at the same time…crazy shiiiit….

NYT Lens: Doug Mills : Shooting Twice at Once (NYT Lens: July 2011)

Guardian: Featured Photojournalist: David Azia (Guardian: July 2011)

Verve: Stefano de Luigi (Verve Photo: July 2011)

Photoshelter: 11 Content Ideas for Your Photo Blog (Photoshelter: July 2011)

David Campbell: Thinking Images v.20: Famine iconography as a sign of failure (DC blog: July 2011)

David Campbell: Imaging Famine: a debate (DC blog: July 2011)

Guardian: Why you are the future of photography (Guardian: July 2011) A new show suggests that webcams, Google Street View and a cat named Nancy Bean are set to change the world of photography as we know it

BJP: Sports Photography: Breaking the waves (BJP: June 2011)

Getting Started in Google Plus: A Photographer’s Guide (Piziq.com)

Jehad Nga writes about his father on TIME Lightbox…

Jehad Nga: 1960′s Libya: A Glimpse of Life Before Gaddafi (TIME LB: July 2011)

Interviews

Lynsey Addario (NPR: July 2011)

Alec Soth (Hereontheweb: July 2011)

Kadir van Lohuizen (I Am Nikon blog: 2011)

Edward Burtynsky (Themorningnews.org: 2011)

Donald Weber (DVA foto: July 2011)

David Walter Banks (NPR: 2011)

Daro Sulakauri (NYT Lens: July 2011) Sulakauri’s website

Katie Orlinsky (Youtube: 2011)

Leonie Hampton (Ideastap: July 2011)

Don McCullin (BBC: 2011)

Taryn Simon (Guardian: May 2011)

Platon (BBC Radio: July 2011)

Mishka Henner (Telegraph: July 2011)

Tessa Bunney (e-photoreview: July 2011)

Charles Ommanney and Brooks Kraft (Youtube:  2004)

Books

Pieter Hugo: Permanent Error book review on BJP (BJP: June 2011)

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters on book review on Foto8 (Foto8: July 2011)

Photographers 

Nick Ballon

Christina Theisen

Polly Braden

Zhe Chen

Jon Browning

Kate Hooper

To finish off…. Check out  Cathal McNaughton‘s contemporary take on Elliott Erwitt classic below…I saw McNaughton’s frame on a Reuters slideshow on Northern Ireland…

And two videos demonstrating the rolling shutter effect….

iPhone video enhanced by rolling shutter effect

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