Friday, July 25, 2014

Meet Jessica (International Teacher) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 221)

Jessica (International Teacher) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 221) 

This week, I'd like you to meet my friend Jessica (aka The Queen of Fun) who is currently visiting me in Colorado en route from Salvador, Brazil, to Tokyo, Japan. Check out what she has to say about her life as an international teacher (science and math) and a world traveler.

The photos in the video I've taken while visiting Jessica in Thailand and in Brazil and at a The National show in Germany.

You can watch videos from my trips to see her here:

Chiang Mai + Doi Inthanon (Thailand) – In Another Minute (Week 93)

Ko Samet + Bangkok (Thailand) – In Another Minute (Week 94)

Rio de Janeiro – In A Brazil Minute (Week 147)

Coastal Paradise: Ilha Grande + Paraty – In A Brazil Minute (Week 148)

Carnaval (Carnival) in Salvador – In A Brazil Minute (Week 149)

I can't wait to visit her in Japan next... I'll be sure to make a video about it.

Jessica - International Teacher
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spoon - "Do You" (MusicMonday)



Perfect timing! Today Spoon released a video for the song "Do You" from their upcoming album They Want My Soul, which comes out in August. ... and tomorrow one of my dearest friends and fellow-Spoon-appreciator, Jessica Gould, arrives for a visit.

By tomorrow night, we will exchange some serious indie-rock dance moves and sing "Do you? Do you?" into each others faces because this song seems to be made for our annual reunion. I'm pretty sure we'll follow that up with "Don't You Evah." Can't wait. Thanks, Spoon!

Personally, I'm not that enthralled by the reveal at the end of the otherwise cool video directed by Hiro Murai - but you should still watch to the end to see it - besides that you probably want to hear the entire song.

Spoon

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lake Time-Lapse (Horsetooth Reservoir) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 220)

 
Lake Time-Lapse (Horsetooth Reservoir) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 220) 

Sometimes you just need to breathe and relax. And I hope this time-lapse video of clouds, boats and water action around Horsetooth Reservoir (Fort Collins, Colorado) will give you just that - even if only for a minute.

I've had an intense work week, and there had been so much rain keeping me from enjoying the outdoors, that the four hours I got to spend in the sunshine with our dog while the camera clicked away every 5 seconds was exactly what I needed.

The thing I appreciate so much about time-lapse videos is that you realize aspects of your surroundings that you wouldn't have noticed in the regular speed of life. In the case of this video, I found the movements (especially the little circles) of the boats fascinating and the fact how many boats were out there on a regular Thursday around noon. But the really striking realization is that the clouds above the Foothills (of the Rocky Mountains) don't move much, they just keep evaporating and then building back up. So cool!

The happy tune is called "Swan King" and was written and performed by Jason Matherne of Goonygoogoo Productions: https://soundcloud.com/goonygoogoo-productions

Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado

Monday, July 14, 2014

20,000 Days on Earth - Trailer - Nick Cave Film (MusicMonday)

Today, the trailer for the Nick Cave docudrama "20,000 Days on Earth" was released online. 

The film, directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, has won several awards at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in Australia in August, in the UK and North America in September and across Europe in November.

The trailer looks promising, and I can't wait to see this combination of drama and reality as it depicts a fictitious day in the life of singer, song-writer, book author, and actor Nick Cave. You know, the music will be fantastic...

20,000 Days on Earth - Official Trailer 



Nick Cave in "20,000 Days on Earth"

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Meet Anne Hanson (of knitspot) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 219)

  Anne Hanson (of knitspot) - In A Minute Portrait (Week 219) 

Please, meet my dear friend Anne Hanson in this inaugural episode of the new sub-category "In A Minute Portrait" of my Moving Postcard web series.

Anne Hanson is a knitwear designer and yarn manufacturer who owns the company knitspot. I also know her as a photographer, painter, writer, book designer, teacher, gardener, cyclist, runner, wife of

David Whitfield and a long-term friend of mine. In short: Anne rocks!
Make sure you check out her blog and company's website: knitspot.com ... and the variety of natural yarns she sells!

When she visited us this past weekend from Ohio, I was determined to have her in my weekly video (as with all my friends who visit or whom I travel with). When our original plan for a shoot fell through, I spontaneously decided to give the idea of "1-minute interviews with creative, inspiring or just plain awesome friends" a shot. Anne was so kind to agree - and the sub-category "In A Minute Portrait" was born.

Obviously, a 1-minute interview is very short - and the way I handled it with insisting on 6 questions (which then caused some jump-cut editing) it's very rapid fire. I'd like to do this (same questions, different person) maybe once a month or every other month. So I'm interested in your thoughts. As far as I plan, next week will be a regular "In A Colorado Minute" video again... but you never know who might visit or inspire me.

Anne Hanson
knitwear designer, yarn manufacturer and owner of knitspot

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pink Mountaintops - "The Second Summer of Love" (#MusicMonday)

It's summer, I'm in love and I'm very fond of the 80s and skateboarding, okay, skateboarders - not to mention how much I've enjoyed seeing actual pink mountaintops now that I live in Colorado.

So "The Second Summer of Love" by the Canadian Pink Mountaintops is not just a great, energetic song, but also the perfect song and video (directed by Brook Linder) for this Monday.

Enjoy!

Pink Mountaintops - "Second Summer of Love"



Stephen McBean of Pink Mountaintops

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Seaman Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 218)


Seaman Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 218) 

Seaman Reservoir is a hidden oasis just a short drive north-west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Tugged away behind hills along Poudre Canyon Road (Highway 14), it's accessed through the Gateway Natural Area, which is also a lovely spot with picnic tables and barbecue grills along the rushing Poudre River.

Seaman Reservoir has an impressive man-made "waterfall" as part of a former Fort Collins water filtration system. The big appeal of the area however are the natural cliffs, from which some people love to dive. Scott, Whiskey and I preferred to hike around the reservoir on the skinny and mostly very natural (barely maintained) footpath and get to a spot where we could enjoy the vast nature on our own - with fishing, swimming, photographing and video recording.

The amount and variety of wildflowers and animals was stunning. We even saw a bald eagle soaring over the water and then the hills.

Unfortunately, the little tripod I bought in Mexico broke during the first shot and the video has turned out a bit unsteady. But I figured you could handle it - especially, if you've watched my early In A Berlin Minute videos when I still refused to use a tripod for these from-the-hip micro films.

I enjoyed Seaman Reservoir so much that I'm sure we'll be back here often during the summer and fall. Especially, during the weekend, it'll be nice to get away from the rather crowded Horsetooth Reservoir.

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

Seaman Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado