Thursday, October 29, 2015

Helen Hunt Falls - In A Colorado Minute (287)

Helen Hunt Falls - In A Colorado Minute (287)

The Helen Hunt Falls can be found just south of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs in the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. It's free to enter and was recommended to us on our Manitou Springs Road Trip over the much hyped Seven Falls. I'll still have to check that one out and compare.

The drive through Cheyenne Cañon to the waterfalls is lovely with many opportunities to stop along the Cheyenne Creek. Once you arrive at the Helen Hunt Falls parking lot, you can see the Helen Hunt waterfall, and the footbridge crossing it, right away. After a short but steep hike, you arrive at the top of Silver Cascade Falls with the great view of the foothills, valley and city below as seen in the video.

The waterfall is not named after the actress Helen Hunt, but Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, a 19th century poet, writer and activist for Native American rights.

Other videos from the Manitou Springs Road Trip:
Driving Up Pikes Peak Highway – In A Colorado Minute (Week 279)
Pikes Peak Summit – In A Colorado Minute (Week 280)

The song featured in this video is “Running Waters” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many other excellent songs available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you again and again, Jason!

Helen Hunt Falls, Colorado

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Photos from Douglas Lake, Colorado

Sun setting over Douglas Reservoir

A few photos I took on a recent outing to Douglas Reservoir, also known as Douglas Lake, near Fort Collins in Larimer County, Colorado. To see more, check out the video I shot at the same time and published as part of the Moving Postcard web series: Douglas Reservoir – In A Colorado Minute (Week 286).

Douglas Lake Fishing Sign

Pelicans and Geese on Douglas Reservoir

Herons along Douglas Lake

Black Birds gathering along Douglas Reservoir in the Rocky Mountains Foothills

Reflections in the northern wetlands of Douglas Lake

Sunset over Douglas Lake

Bird flying across Rocky Mountain Foothills sunset at Douglas Reservoir

Whiskey dog relaxing on the boat after an afternoon on the water

Heading back across Douglas Reservoir

Supermoon over Douglas Lake

Supermoon over Douglas Reservoir

Supermoon over Douglas Lake

Friday, October 23, 2015

Douglas Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 286)

Douglas Reservoir - In A Colorado Minute (Week 286)

Douglas Reservoir, often also called Douglas Lake, is a State Wildlife Area just north of Fort Collins in Larimer County, off county road 60. The reservoir's big attraction truly is the wildlife: lots of birds, including pelicans and herons, and plenty of fish, mainly trout and carp, which in the wetlands on the north end, you can see "climbing" out of the water. My footage of a carp doing just that was from a little too far away, so I didn't think it worth including.

Douglas Reservoir is a great place to go for a boat ride or to lounge on the east side beaches with a view of the Rocky Mountains Foothills on the other side of the lake - and of course for fishing. So we took our boat Slow Ride out for an afternoon and early evening of fishing and filming. It was both so invigorating and relaxing at the same time that we all left happy, if a bit sleepy, even Whiskey dog as you can see in the video.

I can't wait for next summer to spend more time on Douglas Lake...

The song featured in this video is “Green Leaves” by Jason Shaw of Audionautix - available under a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason!

Moon over Douglas Reservoir
Fort Collins, Colorado

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Desert Sunset (Arizona) - In Another Minute (Week 285)

Desert Sunset (Arizona) - In Another Minute (Week 285)

Nothing quite like a desert sunset! Especially in the minutes right after the sun has disappeared behind the horizon or a mountain silhouette, the colors and gradients of the sky are magnificent. This Arizona desert sunset, I filmed in the Saguaro National Park just west of Tucson during week 283.

During another week, I will share with you a video with more impressions of saguaro cacti and other sights from this desert national park.

As with all my recent and upcoming Arizona videos, a big thank you goes to my friend Jess Grotfeldt, who took me to this and some other of her favorite places and explored and discovered new grounds together with me.

The song in the video is appropriately called “Autumn Sunset” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw of Audionautix. He has made this and many great tunes available via a CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you very much, Jason!

Other videos from this Arizona trip:

Blood Moon (Supermoon Lunar Eclipse) – In Another Minute (Week 283)

Tucson (Arizona) – In Another Minute (Week 284)

Desert Sunset in the Saguaro National Park

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Frank Turner, The Sleeping Souls and Jon Snodgrass - Live in Colorado

This past week, I experienced quite the folk punk weekend. On October 10th, I got to see Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls perform in front of about a thousand people at Boulder Theater. Frank Turner played for two hours straight, with the band taking a bit of a break in-between. It was a great evening, supported by the performances of Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister, a very fun shanty punk band.

Frank Turner looking like Bruce Springsteen
Boulder Theater

But in some ways, it just couldn't rival the next evening's surprise show by Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass at a private party in Fort Collins at Jon Snodgrass's bar Surfside 7, which is currently still in the process of being renovated (after having moved earlier this year) and not open to the public yet.
Frank Turner and the shadow of Jon Snodgrass
Surfside 7, Fort Collins
While I did think, the show at Boulder Theater was great entertainment and that Frank Turner and the band gave their all and everything, I admit to having been a tad bit disappointed in how it all seemed so much more "Entertainment" than rock'n'roll or even (folk or no folk) punk. I won't go into much more detail about that, but let's just say that it bummed me out a bit that in a song with the lyrics "I won't sit down and I won't shut up," Turner got almost the entire audience to sit down. Not sure if that was meant to be a test or ironic - but I'm pretty sure it was just about entertainment, and most people got a kick out of eventually jumping up when he told them to. I just kept standing and was relieved when I didn't feel so awkwardly singled out anymore. I prefer to dance over complying when being told when to clap or sit down. ;-)

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls - Selfie
Boulder Theater

Oh, but then the next night at Surfside 7, we got to see the other side: Frank Turner playing an acoustic show with his friend Jon Snodgrass only for friends and friends of friends - and on his only day off. Clearly, Turner is not only a talented musician and songwriter, he loves to create and share his music just because he does. And I love that!

Jon Snodgrass and Frank Turner
Surfside 7, Fort Collins

I'm so grateful for being able to experienced both shows.

Because I love to shoot and share videos just cause, I'm sharing a few excerpts from this weekend. If anyone who is in the videos, doesn't want them to be public, just let me know, and I'll take them offline again.

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls performing "Photosynthesis" at Boulder Theater on October 10th, 2015

Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass playing "Photosynthesis" at Surfside 7 on October 11th, 2015

Frank Turner playing "Recovery" at Surfside 7 on October 11th, 2015 was extra special to me because that song has a lot of personal meaning to me - especially during the time when I transitioned from Berlin to Colorado. Seeing it performed years later in Fort Collins in such a personal setting brought a satisfying sense of closure. The fact that at the end of the video that guy with the Turbojugend "Kutte" cuts of my view also resonates. After all, the Welt-Turbojugend-Tage take place in my other home, St. Pauli, Hamburg, every year. Everything is connected...

A short excerpt from Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls performing "Recovery" at Boulder Theater on October 10, 2015 serves mostly as a juxtaposition to the Surfside 7 acoustic performance...

And last, but not least by any means, a lovely song written by Jon Snodgrass and Frank Turner from their EP Buddies (available via iTunes): Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass playing "Big Rock in Little Rock" at Surfside 7 on October 11th, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tucson (Arizona) - In Another Minute (Week 284)

Tucson (Arizona) - In Another Minute (Week 284)

Tucson, the second largest city in Arizona, is nestled in-between several mountain ranges in the Sonoran Desert. It may also have become my favorite quick getaway from Colorado - not only because my inspiring Brooklyn friend (and acupuncturist) Jess Grotfeldt lives there now and it's only a 90-minute flight from Denver, but also because it's so sunny and surrounded by amazing and diverse nature and other sights.

When I visited Jess this past week, we explored all around the outskirts of the city - even more than the city itself. So in this video, I'm including desert and cacti images from the Saguaro National Park
and views of Tucson from Mount Lemmon and Catalina Highway in the Catalina Mountain Range. Please consider those images as a teaser for upcoming videos dedicated to those places since I already shot a lot more in those magnificent locations. But there's also enough of actual Tucson proper for you to get a taste, including the University of Arizona (what's with all the no weapons signs everywhere, including "no nun-chucks"?), the West University neighborhood and the Hotel Congress, where John Dillinger provoked the end of his criminal career when getting too involved with some firemen...

The most special experience of my time in Tucson was watching the Blood Moon, or Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, with Jess on her roof. What a transitional experience. I included a brief shot of the Blood Moon in this video, but you can watch the entire eclipse here: Blood Moon (Supermoon Lunar Eclipse) – In Another Minute (Week 283).

I'd like to express a huge THANK YOU to Jess for being such an amazing host, wonderful friend and excellent filming partner in and around Tucson and on a road trip to the Sonoita-Elgin Wine Country, Bisbee and Tubac... more videos to come... Can't wait to share the time-lapse desert sunset...

The music in this video is the instrumental version of the song “Adventures of the Deaf Dreamer” by Josh Woodward. This song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 US License.

Tucson street art collaboration

Monday, October 5, 2015

Favorite songs from the 3rd 1/4 of 2015 (#MusicMonday)

Here are my favorite songs from the 3rd quarter of 2015 (July, August, September) - as a playlist or mix tape.

A special thanks to Jim, Hana and Gilly for their happy summer song suggestions!

Cover and song list for the summer 2015 mix, featuring a photo I took in the East Village, NYC, in July 2015

1   Rodeo - Lonesome Doves
2   Jealousy - Best Coast
3   I Love You Too - Darlings
4   Best Friend - Lonesome Doves
5   Over the Bow - Jenny Owen Youngs
6   Broken Necks - Eskimeaux
7   Turn Back Now (feat. Azure Ray) - Ben Lee
8   I Admit I'm Scared - Eskimeaux
9   California Stars (Live on KEXP) - Wilco
10 Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
     - EL VY
11 Baby Blue (feat. Chance The Rapper) - Action Bronson
12 Easy - Daye Jack
13 OM - Bilderbuch
14 Run - San Cisco
15 Close Up [feat. Kim Gordon] - Peaches
16 Yoga (feat. Jidenna) - Janelle Monáe

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

Listen to most songs as a playlist on Spotify.