Thursday, September 3, 2015

Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)

Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway - In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)

The Colorado mountain Pikes Peak is the highest mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains - with the summit being at 14,115 feet (4,302.31 m), which makes it one of the 53 fourteeners in the Rocky Mountains.

This week, Scott, Whiskey and I took our friends Judith and Christoph (both currently visiting from Berlin) and GJ on a little road trip down to Manitou Springs and up to the summit of Pikes Peak.

With nerves of steel, Scott drove our car up the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway and later back down. I recorded both rides with a GoPro. In this video, you can see sped-up excerpts from the drive up. In a few days, I'll also release the full version of the that ride. I highly recommend you watch that longer version as well, since I needed to take out quite a few of those hairpin turns to create a 1-minute version for the In A Colorado Minute series. It's possible that I took out the scariest ones... Another week, I'll share the drive back down and also a video about the Pikes Peak summit itself.

Pikes Peak Highway is the only road that takes you up to the summit, which is about 6,000 feet above the road's entrance. Alternatives are the Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railroad that rides up from Manitou Springs and, of course, hiking up the mountain along marked trails. The highway is a toll-road that cost us $40 for 5 adults. It takes about an hour to drive up the 19 miles - if you keep your speed at the recommended 25 mph (and 10 mph in the sharp turns). However, during the annual race, some cars cover the last 16 miles up in about 12 minutes.

The song in this week’s video is “Green Daze” by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you so much, Jason!

Last but definitely not least, I highly recommend watching this video in HD - even if it takes a little longer to load. The low-rez version looks way too chunky to enjoy it.

Driving up Pikes Peak Highway in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Friday, August 28, 2015

Prospect Ponds (Fort Collins) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 278)

Prospect Ponds (Fort Collins) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 278)

The Prospect Ponds Natural Area in Fort Collins, Colorado, is part of the Cache la Poudre River Corridor and features several ponds, trails and wildlife - and of course, it has the Cache la Poudre River running through it.

My two favorite parts about this area are the visual play between the ponds and the river (one or the other is often seen in the background) and its location along the Poudre Trail, which connects to the Spring Creek Trail by my house. The network of bike-friendly trails throughout Fort Collins, which connect all corners of the town while at the same time giving you the impression that you're riding more through nature and rather than a town, is one of my favorite aspects of Fort Collins (the other being Horsetooth Reservoir, naturally).

When I shot this yesterday, the sky was unusually grey while it was still hot and bright. I'm not sure if that was a normal weather occurrence or if it was linked to the smoke and haze that's been traveling over from the West Coast due to all the wildfires there.

As you watch this Moving Postcard, I'm sure you'll spot the heron... but did you see the fish jumping? Yes, fishing is allowed in the ponds and sections of the river and the canal. Oh, but don't litter. I'm always so bummed to find garbage left behind in nature. What are you people thinking? Mommy will come up and clean after you? Or do you just not care that the nature you just enjoyed was left less healthy and beautiful by your action?

The song in this week's video is "Happy Strummin'" by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license on his website Audionautix. Thank you so much for your creativity and generosity, Jason!

Wild Sunflower at Prospect Pond
Fort Collins, Colorado

Monday, August 24, 2015

Eskimeaux - O.K. (MusicMonday)

The album I've recently been playing over and over again is O.K. by Brooklyn band Eskimeaux, which had started out as a solo project by Gabrielle Smith.

My only complaint about the album is that it didn't come with the lyrics, which are as thoughtful, honest and poetic as the music is moving and layered.

Two of my favorite songs are...

Broken Necks



I Admit I'm Scared




If you want to know more, there's an insightful review of O.K. on Pitchfork.




Thursday, August 20, 2015

Elbe River Ships - Willkomm Höft (Germany) - In Another Minute (277)

Elbe River Ships - Willkomm Höft (Germany) - In Another Minute (277)

Willkomm Höft on the Elbe River in Wedel, Germany, is where the big ships are greeted and bid farewell as they enter or exit the Hamburg Harbor. For large ships, the restaurant Schulauer Fährhaus plays the ship's national anthem over loudspeakers in addition to a spoken greeting.

During week 275, when Scott and I visited my parents, we spent a lovely evening watching the small and large vessels going up and down the river and enjoyed dinner outdoors at the Elbe 1 restaurant, where the outstanding service was only surpassed by the river view.

To not disturb this special evening too much, I just let the camera roll a few times to catch bigger ships and the ferry with the intention to share a simple time-lapse video with you later.

Now, I'm inspired to shoot a time-lapse video of the actual Hamburg Harbor on my next visit, hopefully later this year. After all, the Hamburger Hafen is one of my favorite places on the planet.

On a random childhood memory side-note: When I was a little kid, I believed that the strip of land across the river was America. And I always wanted to get there one day...

The song in the video is called "Running Waters" by Jason Shaw. He has made this and many other lovely tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you so much, Jason!

Hamburg Süd ship on the Elbe River

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Photos of the Brooklyn Bridge

These photos I took on July 29th while walking across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn with my cousin Annick and her family and at the same time shooting the 1-minute video "Brooklyn Bridge - In A Brooklyn Minute (Week 275)" for the Moving Postcard video series.

You can watch the video HERE.

Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Manhattan
seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park

To get the most out of these pictures, click on the first one to see it larger and then from there scroll through all of them.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Heading towards Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge

 What she said...?
Well, what did she say? Nothing?

Midtown with the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building in the background and the Lower Eastside in the foreground - as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge

Staten Island Ferry, Statue of Liberty, New Jersey harbor - as seen from the Brooklyn Bridge

Looking back at Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge

Welcome to Brooklyn
How Sweet It Is!

Brooklyn Bridge Park, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan with the World Trade Center aka the Freedom Tower

Brooklyn Bridge Park view of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan with the World Trade Center aka the Freedom Tower


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