Two men. Hitchhiking from Vancouver to Yukon. They traveled over 4,000 miles to the land of icebergs and grizzly bears. This clip reminded me of quote in a post by makebelieveboutique.com:
Infinite nature, which is boundless Spirit, unutterable, not intelligible, outside of all imagination, beyond all essence, unnameable, known only to the heart.
~ Robert Fludd
It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon.
You are in Paris.
You have no plans for the evening.
Your phone rings.
It’s an invitation to the annual Diner En Blanc.
You and “13,000 people, dressed elaborately in white, will converge at a secret location (in Paris) for the annual DINER EN BLANC. In fifteen minutes they will position 4,000 tables, unveil miles of linens, crystal, sterling and epicurean delicacies. You’ll eat, drink and dance until midnight at which time you’ll will depart as swiftly as you arrived. [Read more...]
“Joel Sartore is a photographer for the National Geographic. He will take 30,000 photos in a year to come up with three or four keeper photos. Sartore has also been working on a 20-year protect called The Photo Ark, taking studio-style photos of animals to document biodiversity and call attention to endangered species. ‘The goal is for people to look these species in the eye and get them to care while there’s still time,’ said Sartore, described as a modern-day Noah. He has photographed more than 2,650 species and he believes ‘for many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction.’ Sartore believes he’ll have 5,000 to 6,000 photos of animals in The Photo Ark by the time he’s finished.” Inspirational “Charles Kuralt” Sunday Morning-like clip.
Good Sunday Morning.
After chores were done, Saturdays were for fishing. Not fly fishing but rod, reel and bait fishing on the Columbia or Kootenay Rivers. This one minute clip rolled the memories back. Whether you fish or not, this clip puts you in the driver’s seat of the magic. The solitude. The oneness with nature. Here’s “Stream of Dreams.”
Source: ThomasandThomas.com – Tangled Lines
During his last school break, my Eric hooked me on the AMC Series The Walking Dead. (A wonderful, uplifting and nurturing series on humanity. Sarcasm dripping.) This song, “Lead Me Home” by Jamie N. Commons, premiered on the show. Commons, 23, is a singer-songwriter who was born in Bristol, England. He relocated with his family to Chicago at the age of six where he was immersed in Chicago Blues. He returned back to the UK at 16. Raspy like Tom Waits – gothic like Nick Cave…amazing young talent. His new album, Rumble & Sway, was released last month.
My post this morning listed 14 SuperFoods to extend your life – - what heroic intentions. And now, we’ve reverted to this. 90 seconds of awesomeness. Now we’re talkin’…
DK Foodie Rating: 4.5 out of 5. (Discount for inability to taste and smell)
I’m not a time lapse video aficionado…yet, this clip of Australian terrain pulled me in frame by frame and held me spellbound. Haunting. Mesmerizing. And, oh, The Clouds. ”Karst” is defined as: An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.
Good Sunday morning.
- For more work by Glen Ryan: http://www.karstcountry.com/
- Time-Lapse Video Like You’ve Never Seen It: Breathtaking Infrared (theatlantic.com)
- Karst Country: A Haunting Infrared Timelapse Of The Australian Countryside (devambardekar.wordpress.com)
- Breathtaking black and white time lapse of Australia’s beautiful terrain (holykaw.alltop.com)
One word. Beautiful.
If I could stay just for a minute more
Then I could say all the things I’ve been saving up for
Never enough time in the day & moments like this
come a moment too late
And, there’s so many things that I don’t understand
And I’m standing in line with my open hand
Waiting for some explanation
Something to hold onto
And the minutes of the day turn to hours of the week
And time’s slippin’ away & we don’t hardly speak
And I’m feeling so lost deep in my soul…
For our Saturday morning work-out inspiration series, here’s two minutes of bike riding in the Selkirk Mountains above Revelstoke, British Columbia. (Yes, I’m encouraging an alternative reality. Childhood memories – 4 hours from my home town. It’s summer. Taking in clean mountain air.) Enjoy!
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“Leonardo Da Costa is a lighthouse keeper stationed in Cabo Polonio, a remote cape in a stretch of Uruguayan coastline rich in shipwrecks and sunken treasures. Cabo Polonio’s light has been guiding ships since 1881, and Da Costa is the latest in a long line of watchmen who have operated the tower with care and attention. He leads an unassuming life, the tranquility of the almost intact landscape keeping him company. Serenity and silence merge with the daily tasks and chores he carries out. Da Costa represents a rare profession that still survives in a few countries. Take some time to appreciate a gentle and enlightening way of life, for once it is gone, it will be missed.“
Good Sunday Morning…
“A pair of backpackers, trail names of North Star and Shutterbug, quit their day jobs in 2012, and took 165 days to hike the Pacific Coast Trail, from Mexico to Canada, all 2,660 miles of it. And each day, they snapped off a photo of their tent.” The foot-tapping music is “Old Pine” by Ben Howard.
Bottom line: LOVED IT.
Good Sunday morning.
Source: Grindtv. ”North Star” is Anna Sofranko, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Shutterbug is a professional photographer and a native of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Both are dedicated backpackers who this year will be hiking the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast and the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. You can find their blog @ Wandering the Wild.
This is a cross between my customary Saturday morning work-out inspiration clips, a poetry reading and a nature walk – all shackled together into one captivating production. Charlotte Davies is the poet and narrator. Her voice, both soothing and haunting, rhythmically pulls you along the beautiful cinematography. As one commenter stated: No words. Just one. Ikaragarria! Good Saturday morning.
So, you’ve seen 1 murmuration, so you’ve seen them all? Hmmmmm. No. Can’t seem to get enough. This team was shooting a commercial in Marseille France and waiting for their prop – - “when thousands and thousands of birds came and made this incredible dance in the sky.” And just look what they captured. 2.5 minutes of magnificent cinematography and music (“Hand-Made” by Alt-J). Good Thursday morning.
This short ~3 minute clip is a portrait of a modern Inuit family set in North Greenland. Beautiful cinematography, music and script. Good Sunday morning…
This Saturday Morning Work-out inspiration clip is inspiring, has beautiful cinematography and is paired with wonderful music (“Where the Heart Is” by Marijn van der Meer). Tommy Carroll, who has been blind since the age of two (cancer of the retinas was diagnosed late), has been skating since the age of 10. This young man has a graceful, peaceful way about him…and is wise beyond his years.
Where the Heart is? Tommy Carroll.
I’m sorry I missed it…An excerpt of the review from the NY Times: “Anyone who liked swings as a child — and that should include quite a few of us — will probably feel a surprisingly visceral attraction to Ann Hamilton’s installation “the event of a thread” at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City…The swings are there for us, to swing on. The piece has other components, about which more in a minute, but if people are not using the swings, “the event of a thread” does not fully exist. When they are in action, the immense, diaphanous white curtain, made of a lightweight silk twill, rises and dips, and the air is stirred, causing further billowing and fluttering. And in the middle of it all, the curtain, which resembles a low-cost indoor version of Christo and Jean-Claude’s 1972 land art piece “Valley Curtain,” was doing its silent, discombobulated dance. In addition, if you paused in your swinging, you could feel the rest of the interconnected system pulse and gyrate, a momentary demonstration — at once silly and profound — that we are, indeed, all connected.”
Here’s a short and wonderful video clip that makes it all come alive…
Related Posts: Be sure to check out Olivia’s terrific post on the same event at Your Effect on Me Is Incredible
The video share is courtesy of Anake Goodall…a long standing blog roll member from down under – - and a man with an eye that captures my full attention with his posts each morning. This clip features Dean Potter (aka “The Man Who Can Fly“). Potter walks a highline at Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park as the sun sets and the full moon rises. Beautiful. Mesmerizing.
Un-Related Posts but one of my favorites from the archives:
Over half of the winters of my life have been spent here. Amazing thing is how unchanging my feeling is for the place…you tear up a bit. You know as I read my early entries, my first reflections and impressions, I actually like the person that wrote them…I found the right place.
John Weamer arrived at Yosemite on November 25, 1974 to research a doctoral thesis on John Muir and be the winter caretaker of the Ostrander Ski Hut…and he’s still at it almost 40 years later. He is an acclaimed photographer and sells his works at San Francisco Art shows in the off season. Check out his amazing work at his website. This short and moving three-minute clip will give you some sense of his love for Yosemite.
Good Sunday Morning.
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Loved this clip. The music. The side by side images. Have no idea what “La Musique Nous Rapproach” means (this despite four years of high school French). Linguee.com offered many potential translations including my favorites: “by design the city brings people closer” and “music brings people together“. Enjoy…
Saturday mornings are normally reserved for work-out inspirations (for me). I’m finding it difficult to wind up this theme this morning and to shake “sad” so we are going to mix it up a bit. Here’s “Happy.” A three to four minute clip to take you away from dark to joy, dance, song, spirituality, humanity and LIFE. “You never feel happy, until you try.” Enjoy.
“Winter must must be coming… because the starlings are flocking. Here are many thousands of the birds wheeling together in the afternoon sky near Gretna Green yesterday, as they prepare to roost together for the night. A starling flock like this is called a murmuration, a word that perfectly describes the rustle of thousands of pairs of wings. Starling murmurations are one of the most dazzling displays in the natural world, as the flock changes shape, one minute like a colossal wisp of smoke, the next a tornado, the next a thundercloud blocking the light. The huge gatherings, biggest in winter, are boosted by thousands of birds that come to Britain’s milder Atlantic climate to escape the harsh cold of the European continent, especially in Scandinavia. There are several reasons to get together in the way they do – safety in numbers, information exchange (if some come back from a good feeding area others may learn of it) and warmth at night through roosting together. The birds may feed up to 20 miles from their winter roost but return each evening.”
“Sarah, the Cheetah from the Cincinatti Zoo, shattered the world record for the standing 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 5.95 seconds—making Olympian Usain Bolt’s world record of 9.58 seconds look positively stodgy by comparison. The ‘Polka-dotted missile’ rocketed to 61 miles an hour.” Beyond Sarah’s raw speed, was the beauty and grace of this incredible animal. Enjoy…
Good Sunday Morning.
I watched a movie on Netflix yesterday called “Happy.” It is a shortish ~70 minute documentary which blends the current research on what makes people happy with heart warming human interest stories. Research has found 50% of our happiness is genetic and that we return to a range of happiness within “our genetic set point.” A mere 10% of happiness is determined by our job, our economic status, our social status and our health. A whopping 40% is determined by intentional activity and behavior that we choose.
This is a Sunday morning “feeling” movie. I’ve shared a short movie trailer below. If you haven’t seen it, I would encourage you to do so. No pun intended, but it puts you in a happy place.
I came upon a post on a widely followed blog I follow called Barking Up The Wrong Tree. The post is titled What Ten Things Should You Do Everyday To Improve Your Life and it summarizes many of the key recommendations in this documentary. I have included key excerpts below: [Read more...]
This is the normal day and time for some form of Saturday Morning Work-out inspiration. And, that is exactly what we have here but bigger – for your mind, your body and your spirit. Whether you bike or don’t bike or don’t care about biking, this clip is flat out inspirational. Mother Earth in Northern Italy at “King Ortler” with its breathtaking scenery. Incredible cinematography. Beautiful music. LOVED IT.
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Flight to Costa Rica: $915.00
4 nights lodging: $405.00
Time with a Sloth: Priceless
“Move” was shot in Victoria, British Columbia, my home province.
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- Picture is worth…
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- The Beauty of the Irrational
“A very long time ago, there were no groves because everywhere was a grove with no roads to bisect and no people to erect stones and fences and bridges. The trees were very, very young and had much living ahead of them. The enormity of their lifespan loomed in wooly mists around them, so they stretched out their root fingers and wrapped them around each others’, intertwining and holding very tight. The ferns found pockets of root fingers where they could nestle in and the moss stretched itself out over the soil and everything became very soft. The trees grew and made patterns of light and dark on the ground and the vines swirled in to trace the patterns. Spotted spiders moved back and forth and up and down, making nets to catch the mist, and the mist would linger on the nets in drops that cupped the light. It was very quiet all the time because the trees needed to focus on their lives. It is not easy to grow so much, for so long. Some trees became tired and lay down on the soft ground; others leaned and rested their tops on another. Growing is forever, they whispered, and when one tree had to stop, another would grow out of it and reach very high into the grey and gold sky. The trees rested and waited to the mist to come and cool them. They were very large, but still not very old, and had much more growing to do.” ~ Kallie Markle
Good Sunday morning.
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