Monday, May 18, 2015

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett sing "Fond Farewell" by Elliott Smith (MusicMonday)

Every once in awhile, I record a minute or so of a concert I attend. It's usually a song that's especially dear to me. Recording just a few moments usually stills my desire to photograph and film everything, and I can then enjoy the rest of the show without that nagging desire to capture and with the freedom to dance my butt off.

On March 24th, 2015, I experienced the magical performance of Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett singing Elliott Smith songs at the Boulder Theater in Boulder.

I captured my favorite part of my favorite Elliott Smith song: "Fond Farewell".

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett sing "Fond Farewell" by Elliott Smith

That night, I thought a lot about my friends and how much I love them and miss them and how grateful I am for having them in my life, no matter how far away they are. I was reminded of that feeling again, when that silhouette passes across the screen on the word "friend."

But this song in particular I would like to dedicate to Hollie, who lost her cat that week. So Hollie, this one is for you (even though, I believe your favorite song was "Between The Bars", no?). I hope we can sing together again soon. It's been too long...

Jessica Lea Mayfield, Paul Defiglia and Seth Avett
Boulder Theater, Colorado

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (Mexico) - In Another Minute (263)


Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (Mexico) - In Another Minute (263)


The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (Reserva de la Biósfera), a UNESCO World Heritage site just south of Tulum, in Quitana Roo, Mexico, could be described as paradise. Recently (during week 261), Scott and I got to spend several days there while staying at the wonderful Xamach Dos, a collection of unique cabanas on the beach.

White beaches, turquoise water, palm trees, jungle, mangroves, iguanas, pelicans, ospreys, vultures, crocodiles, manatees, some fish, Maya ruins, snorkeling and, last but not least, amazing sunrises out of the Caribbean Sea... what more could you wish for during a spring vacation?

We only explored a small area of the 5,280 km² bioreserve: the strip of land with the open sea to the east and the mellower inlet to the west that leads all the way down to Punta Allen. I suspect monkeys are only to be found on the mainland part of the reserve or I just didn't see them.

There are so many highlights from those few days, but the two I'd like to point out specifically and recommend to others are: staying at Xamach Dos and taking a boat ride on the inlet and then floating down the Maya trade canal (wearing a life vest like underwear in combination with the current is the best mode of transportation ever).

Xamach Dos, which is owned by Coloradan expat Dan and his daughter Michelle and managed by Canadian expat Jo-Lise was the perfect place from where to start all our excursions and return to for outstanding meals (thank you, Fernando!) and socializing with the staff, Jo-Lise's daughter (future singing sensation) and other guests into the night. The individual and hand-built cabins with their bathrooms made out of rocks and seashells must be experienced; some on the beach, some in the jungle, one is in a tree, one is basically just a big bed with screened walls and a roof, giving you the experience of sleeping outside.

Have I mentioned the sunrises you can see from there? Wow! The sunrise time-lapse shown in the video, I shot on April 25th, my friend Tobias' birthday, to whom I sent lots of well-wishes with the sun all the way to Portland.

The boat tour we took with Diamante Maya. Booking a boat with the very kind captain for just the two of us was a bit pricier than we had hoped - but turned out to be totally worth it. And if you book the canal tour for just two people, they add in some additional time and a trip to the Maya ruin peaking out of the water.

In the future, I may release a longer and more inclusive version of this video; I may also put a video together just of floating down the Maya canal. But for now, if you want to see more and can't get away for a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula, you can check out these other videos from Mexico:

Tulum (Mexico) - In Another Minute (Week 261)

Chichén Itzá – World Wonder (Mexico) - In Another Minute (262)

Cabo (Mexico) – In Another Minute (Week 209)

The song in this video is called “12 Mornings” 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 and free songs!

The old Boca Paila bridge
Sian Ka'an Biosphere - Mexico

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Photos from Chichen Itza (World Wonder), Mexico

El Juego de Pelota (Great Ball Court) and Temple of the Jaguars
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Photos, photos and more photos from Chichen Itza, the Maya city ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico that has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Modern 7 Wonders of the World.

These photos I took in April while shooting the 1-minute video "Chichén Itzá – World Wonder (Mexico) – In Another Minute (262)" for my web series Moving Postcard.

Go to the video link above to watch that episode and to read more about this amazing site. And if you want to see even more pictures from this day, check out the In Another Minute album on my Flickr page.

El Castillo (Castle of Kukulcam or Pyramid of Kukulcan)
north-west side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - north-west side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - north-west side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - not restored south-west side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

That's how you get into El Castillo
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - steps on south-west side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico


El Castillo - south corner
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - juxtaposition of decay and restoration on south-east side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - east corner
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - left snake head on north-east side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Castillo - right snake head on north-east side
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Templo de los Guerreros
(Temple of the Warriors)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Chacmool statue
Templo de los Guerreros
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Templo de los Guerreros
Chichén Itzá, Mexico


Templo de los Guerreros
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Each column at the Templo de los Guerreros and the One Thousand Columns represents a different warrior
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Warrior Columns
Templo de los Guerreros
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Group of the Thousand Columns
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Group of the Thousand Columns
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Snake head among the Group of the Thousand Columns
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Group of the Thousand Columns
Chichén Itzá, Mexico


Iguana among the Group of the Thousand Columns
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Plataforma de Venus
(Platform of Venus)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Plataforma de Venus
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Plataforma de Venus
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Plataforma de Venus
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Osario
(The High Priest's Grave)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Osario
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Snake eating snake
El Osario
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Casa de las Monjas (The Nunnery)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Las Monjas Group
Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Las Monjas Group
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Masks and negative space
Las Monjas Group
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

La Iglesia (The Church)
Las Monjas Group
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Mask, horse and headless guy
La Iglesia
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Chichan-Chob or Casa Colorada (Red House)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Templo de los Tableros Esculpidos
(Temple of the Sculptured Panels)
With El Caracol (The Snail or The Observatory) in the background
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Caracol
(The Snail or The Observatory)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Caracol
(The Snail or The Observatory)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

El Caracol
(The Snail or The Observatory)
Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Red devils and other stuff for sale in Chichen Itza

El Caracol (The Observatory)
from my Instagram feed

El Caracol (The Observatory)
from my Instagram feed


Monday, May 11, 2015

Favorite songs from the 1st 1/4 of 2015 (#MusicMonday)

A few of my favorite new songs from January to March this year - all on one CD or playlist. However, you'd like to explore them, or ignore them.

If you'd like to get a copy of the mix tape, just let me know.

Cover and song list of the winter mix -
with a photo I took at Pete and Deanna's house in March
 Links within the list will take you to posts from this blog featuring a video for the song.

1   Pedestrian at Best - Courtney Barnett
2   False Hope - Laura Marling
3   Ghosts - Ibeyi
4   Leaf Off, The Cave - Jose Gonzalez
5   Black Sun - Death Cab For Cutie
6   The Labyrinth Song - Asaf Avidan
7   Between the Bars - Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield
8   Fond Farewell - Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield
9   Over My Head - Asaf Avidan
10  Short Movie - Laura Marling
11  The Legend of Chavo Guerrero - The Mountain Goats
12  Coyotes - Modest Mouse
13  Backstairs - The New Pornographers
14  When Night Is Almost Done - The Raveonettes
15  Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite - The Flaming Lips
16  Little Parcels Of An Endless Time - Asaf Avidan
17  What Kind Of Man - Florence & The Machine
18  Bad Believer - St. Vincent
19  Surface Envy - Sleater-Kinney

Watch the videos for the songs on my Pinterest music board.

Listen to all the entire playlist on Spotify.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Get a postcard, a REAL postcard...

Sample postcard image from the In Another Minute series
- Spain -

In celebration of this week's 5-year anniversary of the Moving Postcard video series, I want to mail  you a real paper postcard - with an image from the video series on one side and a handwritten note from me on the other side.

If you'd like to receive a postcard, just email me your snail mailing address to Hello [at] goodhardworkingpeople.com and let me know from which sub-category you'd like to get an image: In A Berlin Minute, In A Brooklyn Minute, In A Colorado Minute or In Another Minute

I can assure you that I won't share your mailing address with anyone else - and that the postcard image won't have a watermark (yes, this is online photo sharing nerd talk).

The photos in this post are just a few examples of images I'm having printed on postcards. So whichever category you choose, you may or may not get one of these images (unless you insist getting a postcard of a cat on Mallorca, Gilly and Bine). 

Sample postcard image from the In A Berlin Minute series

Sample postcard image from the In A Brooklyn Minute series

Sample postcard image from the In A Colorado Minute series

Sample postcard image from the In Another Minute series
- Thailand -



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