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Nacreous clouds, observed on January 6, 2011. These polar stratospheric clouds at 80,000 feet are the highest of all clouds. They only occur in the polar regions when the stratospheric temperature dips below 100 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (-73 C). They are also the site of chemical reactions that break down ozone in the upper atmosphere and contribute to the creation of the ozone hole above Antarctica. (National Science Foundation/Kelly Speelman) Scenes From Antartica

Meredith & Josh // 06-01-14

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend and the fun comes to a close in a new location with more great people.

Meredith and Josh had me along for their beautiful (and hot) summer wedding at the historic Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. This venue is easily one of the most picturesque I’ve ever seen. Just be careful about making a call on your cell phone. The War Memorial sits on the literal edge of Lake St. Clair which puts you very close to Canada (those roaming and international charges are a beast.)

This was another double-duty event for me and Motor City HDJ. I was called upon to do sound for the ceremony which was downstairs on the steps of the memorial facing the water. Yeah…it doesn’t get much better than that. I was just lucky to be in the shade.

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We moved inside and upstairs for the rest of the party. The reception venue is inside the mansion and two of the walls allow a breathtaking view of the lake. Rough to have to look at that all night. ;)

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I had the pleasure of working with a new photographer friend again Jesse Speelman. I first met him when I played Jess and Steve’s wedding at Stoney Creek. He’s a wonderful guy to work with and certainly knows what he’s doing.

Here’s how the music went:

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTION
"Gonna Fly Now" - Theme from Rocky

BRIDE/GROOM FIRST DANCE
"A Thousand Years" - Christina Perri (sung live by the bride’s friend)
"This Guy’s in Love With You" - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"My Wish" - Rascal Flatts

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"Over the Rainbow" - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

BOUQUET TOSS
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyonce

What a great crowd! What a great way to wrap up a wonderful jam-packed event weekend!

You are two of the most beautiful people I’ve met. You’ve got beautiful families and I hope that your love for each other continues to grow over the years. Thanks for having me aboard for the big day!

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London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay day 1

London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay day 1

Top 10 after day 1

Rank Players Country Pts 1 Nakamura Hikaru USA 5 2 Caruana Fabiano ITA 5 3 Kramnik Vladimir RUS 5 4 Sadler Matthew D ENG 5 5 Howell David ENG 5 6 Giri Anish NED 5 7 Anand Viswanathan IND 4.5 8 Adams Michael ENG 4.5 9 Mcshane Luke J ENG 4.5 10 Hansen Eric CAN 4.5 11 Pert Nicholas ENG 4.5 12 Speelman Jon S ENG 4.5

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