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Meteors and asteroids

15 Feb

Incredible news today regarding the meteor exploding over central Russia. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected by the incident, with more than 500 people reported to be injured but thankfully no fatalities.

The stunning video above highlights the impact of the meteorite, with a huge crater being made after fireballs had blazed through the clouds above Chelyabinsk, 950 miles east of Moscow.

There has been speculation that the meteor may be linked to the Olympic swimming pool-sized asteroid DA14 that is expected to pass the Earth at a distance of 27,520 km (17,100 miles) later today. DA14 is the closest any asteroid has come to our planet since scientists began making records, 14 times closer than the moon.

Both the meteor and the asteroid are just the latest examples of the extreme power of nature, the wonder it can provoke and how much we still have to learn about the universe and its workings.

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Yosemite HD time lapse

3 Feb

Yosemite. Is. Breathtaking.

 

 

Many thanks to Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty for creating and sharing this video after capturing such amazing footage.

 

The Murmuration of Starlings

4 Nov

The above photo is of a Starling, a small to medium-sized passerine bird from the family Sturnidae. It is a beautiful bird that is known to inhabitat all corners of the earth with the exception of the driest and sandiest deserts. However, other than being a quite attractive bird with the ability to mimic the sounds of dozens of other birds, Starlings are well known for their special migration habit known as a murmuration. 

The Telegraph on murmurations:

“A “murmuration” of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles on display in winter. Impenetrable as the flock’s movements might seem to the human eye, the underlying maths is comparatively straightforward. Each bird strives to fly as close to its neighbours as possible, instantly copying any changes in speed or direction. As a result, tiny deviations by one bird are magnified and distorted by those surrounding it, creating rippling, swirling patterns. In other words, this is a classic case of mathematical chaos (larger shapes composed of infinitely varied smaller patterns). Whatever the science, however, it is difficult for the observer to think of it as anything other than some vast living entity.”

I have not seen a murmuration in quite sometime and I believe it to be a very rare sight here in the southeastern area of the United States. However, I was kindly reminded of how visually amazing a murmuration is while I was in class a few weeks back. My professer, Dr. Gregory Todd Jones, showed a few clips of a murmuration and related it to business, statistics, etc…  It was the first time in a long time that I had the chance to think back on my first sighting.

I can distinctly remember the first time when I saw the murmuration of Starlings. It was the summer of 2006 and I was studying abroad in Spain. I was riding in the back of a coach bus destined for the famous windmills of La Mancha. I was sitting in the aisle seat on the left hand side of the bus. However, I was facing and talking to some fellow students on the right hand side of the bus and had a great view of the Spanish countryside behind them. In mid conversation, something in the distance caught my eye and I quickly stood up to check it out. It was a wave of Estorninos (Spanish for Starlings) and looked very similar to this.

 

I was absolutely mesmerized. It was so visually appealling that I could not take my eyes off the horizon. I truly never wanted it to end. What is so great is that I came across the following video, of two two girls canoeing, the way they react was the way I did. The feelings of my first sighting came rushing back. I hope you enjoy!

 

More videos from Sophie Windsor Clive can be found here: http://vimeo.com/user3069761

The Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland

5 Oct

The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the sky, particularly in the polar regions, caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth’s magnetic field.

The following piece was created by Flat Light Films for the new Visit Finland campaign. Flat Light Films filmed this selection of northern lights during the winter of 2011 in numerous locations in the Lapland of Finland. The imagery is set perfectly to the music of CC33. Enjoy!

Connect with Flat Light Films:
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twitter.com/​flatlightfilms

Knapp Sacks by Buck Products

9 Sep

It was rather random the way I came across the Knapp Sack by Buck Products. It was more of an internet stumble during a somewhat depressing Wednesday on the job. Wednesday is hump day, and for me a day I choose to carve out fifteen minutes or so to dream about where I might travel next… I was in a mountains mood, and started googling around, when I came across Alex Buck’s Buck Products Knapp Sack.  I particularly noticed this pack….

The bag is described by Buck as Grey/Mint Green. To note, I love everything green, but I feel that mint green is a great color, and will be incorporated in more consumer goods in the near future. It is a subtle colored reminder of good times… I’m thinking a heavily bourbon leafy Mint Julep on a crisp spring Kentucky Derby day!

Simply put, Buck Products is a start-up bringing fresh products to the marketplace. His concept is ingenious, and the products are battle tested in the back country.  After reaching out to Alex, this is some of the information he shared with me.

“Began sewing after a quick lesson from my wife and also after receiving a sewing machine for a wedding present in fall of 08 (quickly broke that machine and opted for industrial standards). Started sewing rolltops because I was tired of overly technical bags being used for non-technical tasks.  I saw a need for a simple, tough bag for everyday hauling.  The idea of the rolltop came from growing up in New England and spending my childhood summers on long wilderness canoe trips at a camp called Kieve in Maine. We used river duffles (waterproof rolltop bags) for hauling our gear. Loved the simplicity of them and the lack of zippers. After my sewing got more and more dialed they began to draw attention and that’s when I realized that there could be a market in my design. Custom colored 1000 denier cordura fabric choices were another perk that helped draw in customers. From there it went viral and pretty soon I was getting orders not just from friends but friends of friends of friends all over the country (mainly cities and mountain towns right and left coasts) etc. I soon began getting some internet press and that really helped draw all sorts of random orders.

I came to Bozeman for school in fall of 05, graduated in 09 with a BFA in Sculpture. Chose this place because of the amazing mountains, rivers and everything else that is Montana. It also happens to be an outdoor gear company mecca. I spend my time mountain biking, skiing, sewing, playing with my dog, wife and 2.5 year old son (not in that order of course).

My company is made up of myself and a contracted seamstress that sews the binding tape on the insides of the bags. Other than that it is just me cutting fabric and sewing it up! I have friends all over the country who help represent my bags to new audiences, that has been very helpful. There are 2 shops in town that have my sacks for sale, Summit bike+ski and Prolite, but mostly sales are directly through me over email. An upgraded website which will support online ordering/bag color choices will hopefully be in the cards for the future.”

Take a look at some of Buck Products offerings by visiting http://buckproducts.com/ and/or http://knappsacks.blogspot.com/ and if you like what you see, please use the following information to order one of these beauts!

ordering information

To get a knappsack on your back you can call Alex Buck (406.5993488), facebook, or email Alex Buck (akbuckbuck@gmail.com) and a pack will be made and sent (included) to you from bozeman for a legit cost of $75 (shipping included).

                    -OR-
If you need that sack ASAP, get the $65 stock Knappsack, and it will ship immediately.
Three colorways to choose from:
Grey/Mint Green
Navy/Skyblue
Olive/Purple
cash or checks can be made out and sent to:
 
Knapp Sacks, LLC
417 W Story ST.
Bozeman, MT
59715
 
 

Aurora Borealis timelapse

25 Mar

Terje Sorgjerd recently spent a week in -25 Celcius conditions in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park (near Russia – 70 degrees North by 30 degrees East) capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years. The sights captured are breathtaking and set perfectly to the song “Now We Are Free” off of the Gladiator  soundtrack.

More info on tesophotography.com

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