A Year on the Loaf

As some of you well know, I like to wander.  When I wander, I usually bring a camera.  Since moving up to Sugarloaf last November, I've taken far too many time-lapses, all with the intent of of some vague, eventual something.  This is the first something.  The idea occurred to me this past Fall, while considering that we'd been up here for almost a year, "I'll put some of my favorites together and finish/upload it on the day we moved in."  It seemed a reasonable goal, but some Final Cut debacles, along with a case of extreme restlessness, proved otherwise.  But finally, a month and a half late, here it is!  All footage in the video was shot by myself, and all within 5 minutes of our home.  As always, click through to Vimeo to watch the video in 1080p high-definition.  The song is "Wildflower Honey" by Steep Ravine.  Enjoy!

100 Year Flood

It's been raining for almost four days now here in Boulder, Colorado.  Last night, everything still seemed relatively normal, though the storm drains and irrigation ditches carried a bit more water than usual.  As the rain continued to pour down, we quickly crafted some aluminum foil boats and went out to race them in the streets.  For the record, I went 4 and 1 in the inaugural flood races.

Boat races aside, things changed drastically overnight; the rains grew heavier and increasingly relentless.  We woke up this morning to news of road closures, flooding "creeks," collapsed buildings, and fatalities.  The lovely town of Lyons, which we drove through just two days ago, is currently an island; there is zero road access in and/or out of town.  The National Guard arrived this afternoon to begin rescue efforts (especially in Lyons), but the persistent heavy rain is keeping helicopters grounded.

Some are saying this was long overdue, that this is a "100 Year Flood."  Meteorologically, a 100 year flood is an event that has a 1% chance of occurring in any given year.  For any of you jam band or live music fans, this may bring to mind the String Cheese Incident song of the same name.  Yet, even more so, such an event reminds us of the unrestrained power of nature, and particularly, the immense force of water.  Cars float away in as little as one foot of flowing flood waters, and trees and boulders get tossed around like sticks and stones.

Graham and I went out twice this afternoon, both times to Boulder's Central Park.  Usually a relatively calm and predictable feature in the park, today, Boulder Creek raged under Broadway like the Colorado after the Spring snowmelt.  Calling it "incredible" or "breathtaking" would be a vast understatement.  "Soul-stirring" is somewhat closer to the feeling, though it too manages to fall short of the true experience.  Along with the video below, photographs and more videos can be accessed via my TwitterInstagram, and YouTube accounts.  For now, particularly for those of you in Boulder, take care, stay dry, and be smart.  It's horribly and entirely possible that the worst has yet to come...

Update:  Current estimates range from 50 year flood to 500 year flood, depending on the area.  As of noon on Friday (the thirteenth), it's finally sunny here in Boulder.  Possibly more rain to come, but cleanup and rescue efforts have begun in full force.

Sun and Shade

I promised it "tonight" and here it is.  Looking north along Boulder's famous Flatirons, this clip captures an early afternoon thunderstorm rolling in and dropping sheets of rain over the far end of the peaks.  As before, click through to Vimeo to watch the video in 1080p high definition.  The song is "Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie" by John Hartford.  Though I'm still testing different settings and working out the kinks, please feel free to leave some comments and enjoy!

From the Country

After years of flirting with the idea, I've finally produced some time lapses with the primary objective of capturing the meteorological and astronomical landscapes of our great planet.  Below, the first of many, is a three hour time lapse looking southwest towards New York City. Clouds streak across the night sky, and planes jet in and out of the city's three major airports.  To watch the video in high-definition, head on over to Vimeo.  The song is "Nellie Jean" by The Slip.  As always, please let me know what you think and enjoy!