Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tiger Lily Time-Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 269)

Tiger Lily Time-Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 269)

This week, the tiger lilies in my backyard are in full bloom. Every morning, all the blooms start off closed and then open over the course of a little less than 3 hours. In the evening, they close again. In celebration of the beginning of summer and the joy of flowers, I put together this tiger lily time-lapse video for you.

The featured song is the instrumental version of “A Song” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License. Thank you, Josh!

Tiger Lily

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sailing on Horsetooth Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 268)

Sailing on Horsetooth Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 268)

On Saturday, we went sailing on Horsetooth Reservoir!

Our friend (and Whiskey's vet) Rachel Erickson kindly invited Scott, GJ, and me to sail on her father John Erickson's boat Besame Mucho. I can't quite remember all my childhood boat rides on the Elbe River, Germany, but this was probably the first time I've gone sailing.

It was amazing and super fun! This was not only due to being on a sailboat on a gorgeous day in the beautiful setting of the Horsetooth Reservoir in the Rocky Mountains Foothills, but mainly because of the very fun, kind and generous company of John, Charleen Wallen, Rachel, her sister Anna Erickson and baby Kali, whose first sailboat ride this was, and sweet dog Queenie (mostly chilling in the cabin).

GJ got to steer most of the time... until he had to rescue my drink in its Wilbur's koozie (a local addition to my koozie collection). It was an even more dramatic water rescue than it looks in the video since we had been heading away from the floating can (yay, koozies!) and John and GJ had to turn the boat around and then sail it to the exact spot where my drink was bobbing on the waves. Of course, the turning around through the wind ("going about" or "tacking") was always exciting as the front sail gets flipped from one side to the other.

Sailing under anchor flag, Wyoming flags and Tibetan prayer flags added a special nuance to the outing.

As you can see in the video, John, Charleen and GJ went out one more time without us. Somebody had to get the BBQ ready...

Of course, it was a challenge to cut all the footage down to only one minute - and I'm sad that I couldn't include more of the people and the views in this version. But for the family at least, I plan to put together a longer version soon.

In a fitting coincidence, Scott and I got our own, much smaller and sail-less, boat yesterday and will take it on its maiden voyage today! This time, Whiskey will get to go as well. Ahoi!

Again, a huge thank you to John and Charleen for taking us along on this fantastic day out!
The song in this video is called “Wheels” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason, for all your great instrumental songs!

Sailing on Horsetooth Reservoir

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Mountain Goats - "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" (MusicMonday)

Always nice when a song you like finally gets a video - especially when it's a great video like this one for the song "The Legend of Chavo Guerro" for John Darnielle's The Mountain Goats.



I really like how the director Scott Jacobson fully committed to the visual style of old analog TV aspect ratio and VHS tape quality - besides the obvious fact of the wrestlers singing while in full action.

The song itself, I had already included in my 1st 1/4 of 2015 mix stream.

The Legend of Chavo Guerro by The Mountain Goats

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Devil's Backbone - In A Colorado Minute (Week 267)

Devil's Backbone - In A Colorado Minute (Week 267)

Devil's Backbone is a very impressive long stretch of rock walls and towers near Loveland in Larimer County, Colorado. The 2,198-acre Devil's Backbone Open Space with its 12 miles of trails is free to enter and open from dusk to dawn. Exploring these rock formations and peeking through the photogenic Keyhole had been on my hiking and filming list for quite a while. This week, Scott, Whiskey and I braved the heat and blazing sun and discovered a new favorite place in nature.

The contrast between sweeping green valleys dotted with wildflowers, the rock walls and the snow-covered Rocky Mountains create an incredible vista. Other highlights include the ravens (at least we were told they were ravens) and finally making it to the Keyhole (big opening in a rock wall), which rewarded us with shade and a nice breeze (notice Whiskey sticking her face into the wind).

By the way, all but one are actual video shots; those clouds were moving very slowly. 

The song in this video is called “Marathon Man” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason, for all your wonderful! For the record, I sped this song up a tiny bit.

Devil's Backbone
Larimer County, Colorado

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain play Psychocandy in Denver - Video and Photos (MusicMonday)

On May 11, 2015, The Jesus and Mary Chain played at the Ogden Theatre in Denver as part of a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Psychocandy.

It was an absolutely amazing show, which took me right back to my teenage years and reminded me of why I considered this band to be my very favorite for such a long time. Their music is loud, sonic, dark, melodious and beautiful - all at the same time. And the lyrics go straight to the heart and gut.

Before playing the entire Psychocandy album, they played a few other favorites. Incredibly, they started the show with my most loved song: "April Skies" from the album Darklands. I barely got my camera up in time to capture an excerpt from the performance before enjoying the rest of the song without trying to keep a camera steady...

Jesus and Mary Chain - "April Skies" - Live in Denver - May 2015




And for a more upbeat song, here is an excerpt of "The Living End" from Psychocandy performed at the Ogden Theatre.

Jesus and Mary Chain - "The Living End" - Live in Denver - May 2015


Here are a few video stills from those two songs. I might upload a few more actual photos from that night later. Right now I've got to run shoot something new...

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015

The Jesus and Mary Chain + The Black Ryder
Ogden Theatre, Denver - May 11, 2015


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