Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 230)

 
Reservoir Dog (Whiskey Business 1) - In A Colorado Minute (Week 230) 

Our Whiskey dog runs down to Horsetooth Reservoir and fetches a stick - all captured via the GoPro camera strapped to her back with the new GoPro Fetch harness.

Whiskey pretty much comes everywhere with us. And many times, I've wanted to film our excursions from her perspective. When a few weeks ago the GoPro dog harness came out and I watched fun videos of other camera-dogs (mostly Yellow Labs, it seems), I had to try it out as soon as possible. This week, Whiskey, Scott and I tested the harness for the first time at our favorite playground: Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Two things become immediately clear: Whiskey loves running, swimming and fetching... and the GoPro camera and Fetch harness are really intended for bigger dogs. The camera lens ends up so far above the pivot point on her tiny back, that it pivots so much, one could get dizzy from watching. But I believe the joy she seems to have and the fun of watching action from her (just behind those floppy ears) perspective overwhelm the technical issues. To make it a little less jostling, I slowed down the footage a little bit.

The lighting wasn't so great either, with the sun having just disappeared behind the Foot Hills. So I had to brighten the footage up a bit, which took away a lot of the beautiful colors of our ginger dog and the wonderful scenery. I'm sure we'll soon try to get brighter daylight footage with her, and there should be an onslaught of Whiskey Business episodes to come as part of my weekly 1-minute web series Moving Postcard.

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of "Learn To Fly" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you for all your great (and free) music, Josh!

Other videos heavily featuring Whiskey aka Miss Whisk aka Whiggles aka Reservoir Dog:
Snowshoeing With Whiskey Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 198)
Poudre River Swim – In A Colorado Minute (Week 225)
(Flooded) Poudre Trail – In A Colorado Minute (Week 214)
Roadside Attractions in Fort Collins – In A Colorado Minute (Week 199)
Dancing Happy Halloween Dog – In A Colorado Minute (Week 183)

Of course, as an overly photographed and video recorded dog, she also has her own tumblr: Shots of Whiskey

In the next few days, I'll also be uploading a video from my perspective of Miss Whisk swimming with the camera on her back on my LuciWest YouTube channel. Will link to it here then.

Whiskey dog swimming towards us at Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
Captured by GoPro via GoPro Fetch dog harness

Whiskey Dog leaps towards Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado
Captured by GoPro via GoPro Fetch dog harness

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Devils Tower (aka Bear Lodge) - Photos


Quite a few photos from my recent trip to Devils Tower (aka Bear Lodge) in Wyoming. Read more about the first United States National Monument and watch the video "Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge (Wyoming) – In Another Minute (Week 228)" I shot for my Moving Postcard web series HERE.

A quick viewing tip: click on the first photo to see it larger, then click through that slide show to see all photos full size instead of having to come back to this blog post. 


Wyoming sign near Devils Tower

Devils Tower rises out of the rather flat landscape

Devils Tower - north view

Classic American vintage truck looking at Devils Tower

Devils Tower - south view

Devils Tower is known by much friendlier names in Native American languages: Bear Lodge, Aloft on a Rock, Bear's Tip, Grizzly Bear's House and Bear's House, to name just a few.

Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge is held sacred by many Native Americans.

Prayer cloth sign in front of Bear Lodge (aka Devils Tower)

Devils Tower aka Bear Lodge is hallowed ground.

Prayer cloth at Bear Lodge aka Devils Tower

Devils Tower - north view

Tree growing out of the rocks at Devils Tower

This looks like easy access to climb up Devils Tower

Bird circling the top of Devils Tower

Several raptors circling Devils Tower.

Raptors at the very top of Devils Tower

Devils Tower - south view

Closer view of Devils Tower makes it clear that these rocks have moved like or once were liquid.

Amazing pattern in the rock of Devils Tower

Can you spot the old ladder left between ridges of Devils Tower?

South view from Devils Tower

South-east view from Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument also features striking plant life.

North-east side of Devils Tower spotted through the trees.

Devil's Tower - north view

Lots and lots of prairie dogs hang out around Devils Tower.

Devils Tower seems to be a calming rock in the ever-moving flow of life.

Devils Tower
(from my Instagram feed)

Devils Tower
(from my Instagram feed)

Devils Tower
(from my Instagram feed)

Devils Tower
(from my Instagram feed)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spearfish Canyon (South Dakota) - In Another Minute (Week 229)


Spearfish Canyon (South Dakota) - In Another Minute (Week 229) 

The scenic byway through Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota offers views of majestic rock walls, Ponderosa and Spruce forests, the Spearfish Creek and several waterfalls, namely Bridal Veil Falls, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls.

Driving through Spearfish Canyon (during week 228, actually) continued our, unexpectedly spiritual, road trip through Wyoming and South Dakota with the special request from a friend to return a Condor feather, once provided by a healer, to the canyon in the Black Hills. We made the quest to find the right place along the Spearfish Creek our own and, at least I, felt very connected to the land and the energy of all the people who have made their life and their quests in these hills. It was a transforming journey. And if you seek such a healing experience, let me recommend exploring Spearfish canyon... maybe you'll even find the Condor feather...

Around Spearfish Canyon, you can find the towns of Spearfish, Deadwood, Lead and Sturgis. Besides beautiful vistas, there is a lot of Old West history here (like the graves of Wild Bill Hikock and Calamity Jane) and many people traveling on Harley's.

The featured song in this video is the instrumental version of "Fool's Gold" by Josh Woodward. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you for all your great (and free) music, Josh!

Spearfish Falls - Spearfish Canyon - South Dakota

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater (Photos)

 
A few photos I took on different occasions at the Holiday Twin Drive-In while shooting the video "Drive-In Movie Theater – In A Colorado Minute (Week 227)" for my weekly 1-minute web series Moving Postcard.

Holiday Twin Drive-In Movie Theater
Fort Collins, Colorado

Cars lining up at the Holiday Twin Drive-In
Fort Collins, Colorado

Drive-In movie screens awaiting the crowds at sunset

The backdrop of the Foothills and the big sky make the Holiday Twin Drive-In experience even more special

Pure Nostalgia: Holiday Twin Drive-In Shirt

Moon over the car line at the Drive-In entrance. You just don't get that play of lights at your regular movie theater.

The exceptionally friendly at the entrance makes up for the "no alcohol" rule ;-)

It's almost time for the movie at the Holiday Twin Drive-In

Cars and more cars at the Drive-In Movie Theater

Lovely retro advertisement for concessions at the Holiday Twin Drive-In

I prefer Goobers, but I love the vintage advertisement for the Chilly Dilly pickle.


It's all about the shared experience of drinks, snacks and films at the Drive-In - as it has been for many decades.

The Holiday Twin Drive-In as seen from down the street.

Someone snuck subliminal advertisement for local marijuana dispensary Flower Power Botanicals into my time-lapse video of the Holiday Drive-In in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The golden hour views of the sky behind the movie screen is maybe the main reason why watching a film outdoors will always be more special than sitting inside a movie theater or on your couch at home.
(This picture is from my Instagram stream)
You can read more about the drive-in movie theater experience and watch the video HERE.