Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A few Colorado facts...

These pictures are just a selection of the 10 Colorado facts listed in this week's Moving Postcard video "10 Colorado Facts – In A Colorado Minute (Week 343)". Check out the video and post for more facts and details. 

Colorado is the “highest state”...
First US state to allow shops to sell recreational marijuana (2014).

Colorado is the “highest state”...
- only state entirely above 1,000 m (3,281 ft)
- highest mean elevation (2,073 m - 6,800 ft)
- highest low point (1,011 m - 3,317 ft)

Colorado has 640 ghost towns...

The view from Pikes Peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful”.

Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest bridge in the USA
(and was the highest bridge in the world until 2001).

Thursday, November 24, 2016

10 Colorado Facts - In A Colorado Minute (Week 343)

Here are 10 Colorado facts that you should know about the "highest state" in the union...


10 Colorado Facts - In A Colorado Minute (Week 343)

Because of time and space constraints in this video, I couldn't include all the details of all 10 Colorado facts. So here are a few more details:

While the name Colorado does come from the Spanish words for red-colored (de color rojo), it was the Colorado River that first got its name because of the red sediment washing down from the mountains. The state was then named after the river.

While there are 4 National Parks in Colorado, I left out the number of National Monuments and National Historic Sites also under federal jurisdiction - all added up there are 11 or 13, depending on which list you trust. Altogether, the federal government owns 1/3 of land in the state of Colorado.

Ghost towns! There actually are supposed to be 1,500 ghost towns in this state. A ghost town is a town or settlement that once existed but is no more - and that would include towns that have completely disappeared without a trace. In this 10 Colorado facts video, I decided to go with the number of 641 ghost towns that refers to places that still have abandoned buildings or at least some remnants. I'd like to contrast that with the number of actual inhabited towns and cities in the state, which is only 221. Yes, Colorado has more ghost towns than live towns! Awesome factoid!

In case you're wondering what "mean elevation" is: it's basically the average elevation. There are more complicated ways to explain and define it - but let's just leave it at that for now. In the case of Colorado, the mean elevation and lowest point matter to define it as the "highest state" because if it was just about highest point, Alaska would win since Denali has a higher than any Colorado mountain. Also, marijuana is legal in Alaska.

Claiming that Colorado was first in any marijuana legalization was a bit tricky. Because both Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 in theory - and then both allowed the sale through shops in 2014; Colorado just did it a few months earlier. There are claims that medical marijuana was first in Colorado as well (2000) - but then there is California with its policy changes in the 1990s. It got to time-consuming to figure out all the minute details of legislation and timing. So I kept it simple for the video.

In my research for this 10 Colorado facts video, I found out that some "known facts" about Colorado are actually not true. The often repeated phrase "Colorado has 300 sunny days a year" just started as a promotional slogan for a railroad company in 1870 and is not based in fact - although the sun does shine most days in Colorado. Thank the universe!

Also, Colorado currently does not have the most craft breweries and brew pubs per capita in the US. That would be Vermont with 9.4 breweries per 100,000 21+ adults. Colorado comes in third (7.3 breweries per 100,000 21+ adults) - according to the Brewers Association. By the way, Colorado is in second place when it comes to consumption of craft beers...

Last but not least, there are a lot of interesting facts I couldn't fit in the video. For example, the cheeseburger was supposedly invented in Colorado by Louis Ballast, and the first license plate was put on a car in 1908 in Denver.

All the footage in this video, I took from other 1-minute In A Colorado Minute videos. If you want to check those out, go ahead and explore more of Colorful Colorado (the slogan that used to be on Colorado license plates):

Garden of the Gods – In A Colorado Minute (Week 250)

Colorado Sunset Time-Lapse – In A Colorado Minute (Week 341)

Red Rocks – In A Colorado Minute (Week 237)

Rocky Mountain National Park – In A Colorado Minute (Week 208)

Marijuana Strains (Selection from Flower Power Botanicals) – In A Colorado Minute (Week 257)

Royal Gorge Bridge – In A Colorado Minute (Week 300)

Pikes Peak Summit – In A Colorado Minute (Week 280)

Ghost Town Carr – In A Colorado Minute (Week 186)

Fort Collins – In A Colorado Minute (Week 318)

The featured song is the instrumental version of “Aimless” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). The song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you again and again, Josh!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Photos of Anastasia State Park, Florida

A few photos from Anastasia State Park on Anastasia Island in Northern Florida. To read more about this Atlantic Ocean park and watch my 1-minute video, please check out the post on my Moving Postcard website: Anastasia State Park (Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 342)

Royal Terns... or maybe Caspian Terns
Anastasia State Park, Florida

If you'd like to see even more photos from this Florida State Park and other trips I took this year, head on over to the In Another Minute 2016 Flickr album.

St. Augustine Lighthouse seen from Anastasia State Park, Florida

Anastasia State Park, Florida

Florida Cacti
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Pelicans flying over the Salt Run
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Anastasia State Park, Florida

How do these birds not crash into each other? Nature!
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Boardwalk from the marsh to the beach
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Anastasia State Park, Florida

Sea turtle
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Ancient dunes
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Beach
Anastasia State Park, Florida

Terns on the beach in Anastasia State Park, Florida

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Anastasia State Park (Florida) - In Another Minute (Week 342)

Anastasia State Park is an oceanfront Florida State Park on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine. Being situated on its own peninsula, it features a vast Atlantic Ocean beach on the east side and the tidal salt marsh of the Salt Run on the west side.

Anastasia State Park (Florida) - In Another Minute (Week 342) [4k]

The 1,600-acre (6.5 km2) large Anastasia State Park has an abundance of wildlife: native and migrating birds, sea turtles, crabs, fish and visiting dolphins and manatees. The 4-mile long beach flanked by ancient dunes invites you to go for long walks... even when it's as windy as when we visited this week during our quick Florida trip.

In Anastasia State Park you can camp, swim, fish, kayak, and just relax. There's even some history to explore at the Coquina Quarry, where the coquina rock was mined to build the nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in downtown St. Augustine. The only thing you can't do at the State Park is take your dog for a walk on the beach. That's why there's no footage of Whiskey running into the ocean. But you can always see that in this video: St. Augustine (Florida) – In Another Minute (Week 248)

Since it was rather overcast and very, very windy while I was filming Anastasia State Park, it seemed especially fitting to write a dedication to Thias aka Pure79er in the sand... because it felt like the German North Sea had come to Florida. He had recently written my name in the sand of the North Sea beach in his video Autumn Impressions Pt.2 Sankt Peter-Ording


The featured song is the instrumental version of “Release” by Josh Woodward (JoshWoodward.com). The song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Thank you very much, Josh!

Pelicans flying over the Salt Run in Anastasia State Park, Florida

I’ll be posting a few photos of the flowers throughout this week to the In Another Minute 2016 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook. In a few days, there will also be a dedicated photo post on my blog.
  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Photos of a magnificent sunset in Colorado

On one hand, I think the best way to experience this very sunset* is to watch the video I made: Colorado Sunset Time-Lapse – In A Colorado Minute (Week 341). But just looking at a few of the photos I took that night works even better for realizing how much the scene changes during a Colorado sunset - before and after the sun disappears first behind the mountains, then behind the true horizon.

Before the sun sets.

As the sun sets behind the mountains.

After the sun sets behind the Rocky Mountains.

The most magic time during a river reflection sunset.

As the sun sets behind the true horizon.

After the sun sets behind the true horizon.

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* besides watching it live with your own eyes, which would require you to time travel)

Colorado Sunset Time-Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 341)

When you witness a perfect Colorado sunset reflecting on a lake with the Rocky Mountains separating sky from land and water... it makes your heart leap.

Colorado Sunset Time-Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 341) [4k]

A few weeks ago, I caught such a colorful and rather dramatic sunset on camera, while filming at St. Vrain State Park. Traditionally with this video series, I've waited until the last week of being in a place to publish a sunset time-lapse video from the location. And I've been holding on to this one...
But with the dramatic change in the American political, social and cultural landscape that happened this week, I find this video of a Colorado sunset as fitting as if this had been my last week in Colorado or the USA. To me this week marks the end of an era.

We still have a few weeks before Donald Trump becomes president of the United States. (Is this really happening?) But the big change is already here: we have learned how many people in this country believe that a man, who has expressed his sexist, racist and ethnocentric views freely, can and should represent them in the world. I am personally in shock.

The sunset is a symbol for how many of us feel right now: something ended for us... and we don't know what will come tomorrow. This person that is about to have the most significant influence over American and world politics, has not even clearly stated his policy ideas and strategies. We have a sense of his "values" (which are disturbing), but we don't know yet how they will play into new laws and actions that will end up affecting us all...

Most of the people who watch my videos, probably don't read the long posts I publish alongside with them. And that's totally fine. Maybe in this case, it's even better. The Colorado sunset is beautiful all on its own. My anxiety about our future due to what we learned this week is not beautiful at all. And I don't really want to make anyone more miserable or scared than they already are.
For more pretty escapism, check out my video "St. Vrain State Park – In A Colorado Minute (Week 333)".

The song featured in the video is “On The Shore” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). It’s licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Thank you, Kevin!

Colorado sunset over the Rocky Mountains and Coot Pond in St. Vrain State Park

I’ll be posting photos from different stages of this sunset throughout this week to the In A Colorado Minute 2016 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook.
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Berlin Reichstag... Must-See Sight with a View!

The Berlin Reichstag is a must-see for anyone visiting or living in the city. With so many amazing and historic sites in Berlin, it's hard to see them all, even if you live there. But I cannot recommend a trip up to the glass dome of the Reichstag Building enough!



Berlin Reichstag... Must-See Sight with a View!

The Berlin building referred to as the Reichstag (officially: Reichtagsgebäude) is the government building for the Bundestag (the German parliament. The Berlin Reichstag building originally opened in 1894 when Germany was still the German Empire, ruled by the Kaiser (the royal leader above any kings). During the Weimar Republic (Weimarer Republik) the building was the seat of the Reichstag. After it was partially destroyed during the Second World War it sat empty while East and West Germany used other buildings for their respective government bodies. After the reunification it was restored and eventually used again for government functions. That is when the dome was rebuilt as it is today.

The footage used in this video, I originally shot in 2013 and published in a 1-minute video called Reichstag – In A Berlin Minute (Week 170). My supporters on Patreon selected this subject for a monthly extended video in 2016.

The song featured in the video is "Chillin Hard" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). It's licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. Thank you, Kevin!

Reichstag Building in Berlin, Germany

You can check out more photos from this shoot on my blog (Photos from Reichstag, Berlin) and in the In A Berlin Minute 2013 Flickr album.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Moonflower and Morning Glory

Just a few photos of Moonflower and Morning Glory blooms in my backyard this autumn.

If you'd like to see a video of the Moonflower bloom opening in motion, please check out my video for this week: Moonflower Time-Lapse – In A Colorado Minute (Week 340)

Moonflower before the bloom opens...

Barely open Moonflower... bee takes off.

Almost there! Moonflower half-way to full bloom and busy bee feeding on Morning Glory in the meantime.

Moonflower in full bloom.

1 + 2... Morning Glory and Moonflower

Glorious Morning Glory

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Moonflower Time-Lapse – In A Colorado Minute (Week 340)

The Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) or Moonvine, is often considered a night-blooming Morning Glory since it belongs to the Morning Glory family (Convolvulaceae).


Moonflower Time-Lapse - In A Colorado Minute (Week 340) [4k]

The colorful Morning Glory usually blooms with first light and wilts by the afternoon. On the other hand, the Moonflower usually opens its blooms rather rapidly in the afternoon and blooms throughout the night - providing lovely white highlights in the dark night. I'm emphasizing the "usually" because here in the Colorado autumn, both Morning Glory and Moonflower mostly open their blooms in the afternoon and bloom for a full 24 to 48 hours.

The first time, I got Moonflowers to bloom in my yard (years ago in Brooklyn), I was actually startled and then delighted by how quickly the bloom opens. It looks like a time-lapse in real time. I've always wanted to capture this on video. Now that I finally got some to bloom again, they're not behaving in Colorado as I know from other regions. So instead, I shot this 1-minute Moonflower time-lapse video over the course of about 3 hours! The slight wind was a bit unfortunate.

As you watch the video, you may also notice a Morning Glory and a second Moonflower opening, yesterday's Morning Glory getting its purple stripes and yesterday's Moonflower wilting... and one busy bee!

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

Moonflower and Morning Glory blooms

I’ll be posting a few photos of the flowers throughout this week to the In A Colorado Minute 2016 Flickr album, on Google+ and Facebook.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Photos of Vedado, Havana (Cuba)

While shooting the video Hotel Nacional + Plaza de la Revolucion (Vedado, Cuba) - In Another Minute (339), I also took a lot of photos in the Havana neighborhood Vedado. Below you can see a few of those pictures.

If you want to read more about the locations, please head on over to the post for the video on my website: http://movingpostcard.com/hotel-nacional-plaza-de-la-revolucion/

If you want to see more of my pictures from Vedado and Cuba, please check out the In Another Minute 2016 Flickr album.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba house band Trio Los Titanes
Havana, Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Havana, Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba
Havana, Cuba
Terrace at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Vedado, Havana.

The most refreshing daiquiri I've ever had... at the Hotel Nacional after walking the entire Malecón from Habana Vieja in the Caribbean heat.

The best Cuban sandwich I've ever had was at the Hotel Nacional in Havana. Interesting fact: in Cuba they call it a ham and cheese sandwich... just in Spanish. ;-)

In theory, I pretty much never ever take pictures of friends or family in front of sights. I like to keep my portraits separate from my landscapes and building pictures. But, Scott sipping a melting daiquiri in front of the Habana Libre in Cuba? I couldn't resist.

Hotel Habana Libre was built as the Habana Hilton. During the revolution it even briefly housed Fidel Castro's headquarters.
Vedado, Havana, Cuba

Remainders and reminders of the Cuban Missile Crisis at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba.

Red, white and blue - the colors of the Cuban and the US flag and the two hats of the classic car taxi driver.

Cruising through Havana, Cuba, in a classic car.

The journey of the Granma Yacht that brought Castro and the other revolutionaries to Cuba to overthrow the Batista regime.
Vedado, Havana, Cuba

Frozen in time. Che and Cienfuegos on Cuban ministry buildings... and Cuban classic car taxis at Plaza de la Revolucion.
Havana, Cuba

Apparently, a lot of people think this is Fidel Castro... I thought it looked like Ayatollah Khomeini... but it's actually Camilo Cienfuegos. Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba.

Che Guavara says "Ever onward to victory" on a ministry building facing Plaza de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba.

José Martí Memorial
Vedado, Havana, Cuba

José Martí Memorial and a classic car. It kind of doesn't get more Cuban than that.
Vedado, Havana

José Martí Memorial
Vedado, Havana, Cuba