I do not claim to be a cinematographer but occasionally I see ‘movie shorts’ that cannot be captured on a single image and am intrigued by their movement, not a single image. A movie that highlighted these short clips was “American Beauty” where the next door neighbor guy filmed some leaves blowin’ in the wind. Here is some seaweed flapping in the currents….the background noise is the wind. To me it is interesting to think that wherever you are now, whatever you are doing, this action undoubtedly continues, on and on as it has done for thousands and thousands of years.
OK all of you inquiring minds and sons and daughters of physicists and engineers…. A mind wonders while driving down the road and I started to think about the wind turbines we have seen in China and across the USA. In Palm Springs one can see an evolution in the designs as there are at least three different types of blades on the windy hillsides.
While walking the banks of the Sacramento River near Redding, California I heard a surprisingly loud racket sounding like loud drums beating. I soon found the source of the noise were salmon spawning. Here is a short video of a couple trying to make it upstream to their spawning grounds.
One cold morning I went exploring the area around Crested Butte, Colorado. I turned and went up a hill to see the fog from the warmer lake water meeting the frigid morning air. This is a site we would see on occasion in the winter on Lake Michigan. What I often find intriguing is that sites such as these are everyday for some. One reason this clip was chosen is no cars drove by on their way to work. Also, the guy with the circular saw gave it a rest for a while…..
The beautiful and brilliant golden color of the aspen trees is a familiar sight to anyone living in the mountains of the western US. It is great family fun to have a fall picnic and have the kids run around and try to catch the falling leaves. Or as I have done here, after taking several photographs, I simply laid on the forest floor, watched and listened. The photo taken from this scene is in the Fall Colors Gallery.
With the National Parks closed I explored Estes Park, Colorado, one of the many small communities that depend upon the parks for their income. Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The biggest building in town in the Stanley Hotel, built by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer. It was also the setting for the Stanley Kubrick movie ‘The Shining.’ Hey, one guess what my middle initial ‘S’ stands for…. I spent lots of time on these stairs trying to capture their grandeur. Actual paying guests kept getting in my way.