Posts Tagged ‘Multimedia’

Extreme Ice

April 8, 2009

Nova has a fantastic new documentary — Extreme Ice — about our disappearing glaciers, and you can catch it online. Time-lapse photography shows glaciers calving and receding at an alarming rate. But it is cool to watch.

Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, 1999

Here we are in 1999 at Aialik Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska.

What would be the problem if there were no glaciers? Many people get their drinking water from glacial streams and rivers, not to mention the fisheries and agriculture that are dependent on these waterways. Also, if the glaciers were to disappear, plus the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, it is predicted that the sea level would rise enough to wipe out many coastal communities.

Currently in the news, the bridge of ice to the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica has collapsed, which could facilitate further breaking up of the ice shelf. See Wikipedia.

Grand Canyon Adventure

January 9, 2009

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk is a new giant-screen film that takes you on a rafting trip down the Colorado River, showing off the beauty of the Grand Canyon and the excitement of the river, all with an environmentalist twist. The most thrilling moments of the movie reminded me of my own whitewater adventure, which I will blog about soon.

Grand Canyon Adventure shows daily at the Science Museum of Minnesota‘s Omnitheater now through June 11, 2009.

Where Are All the Nature Songs?

January 4, 2009

I’m creating a playlist of songs about nature for my iPod. I would think that nature would be a big inspiration for songwriters, but I can’t find many lyrics referencing nature. Any suggestions? Here’s what I have so far…

  • Have You Ever, by Brandi Carlile
  • Wide Open Spaces, by Dixie Chicks
  • Singin’ in the Rain, sung by The Three Tenors
  • Mr. Blue Sky, by Electric Light Orchestra
  • The River, by Garth Brooks
  • Shoot the Moon, by Norah Jones

Reptiles & Amphibians

December 26, 2008

I sit here at my computer listening to a recording of frog and toad sounds. H gifted me a field guide and accompanying CD of Minnesota reptiles and amphibians. This rounds out my collection of Tekiela’s field guides. Hopefully, this CD will resolve the disagreements H and I have about whether the noises we hear while camping are birds or frogs (or something else).

I usually ignore reptiles and amphibians, because I think they’re gross, but this book and CD should help open my mind.

Tekiela’s Field Guides

December 11, 2008

With the gift-giving season upon us, Stan Tekiela’s field guides are a good choice for budding naturalists. I personally own the Minnesota versions of Birds of Prey, Mammals, Trees, and Wildflowers. I also have the Birds field guide and its companion CD of bird songs. Matching the song to the plumage is a good time, and requisite if you want to get into birding.

These field guides are great because they have just the right amount of information without overwhelming you, and the photography is stunning! Some of the reviews on are negative, saying Tekiela’s guides are too basic. But if you’re a novice like myself, basic is what you want!

Film Fest Review

December 10, 2008
Reusable shopping bags that fit in your purse

There are prizes such as these reusable shopping bags that fit in your purse

On Saturday night H and I went to the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival. (See my pre-fest blog post.) The event lasted a little over three hours and consisted of 9 films ranging from 2 to 33 minutes each.

I plan to make this an annual event because it seems we are very lucky and win the prizes. This year H and I each won a reusable shopping bag that stuffs into a tiny sack. Last year H won an oversized duffel bag.

But the real reason to attend is that these films are so inspirational and motivational, as well as eye-opening. For a taste, check out the People’s Choice Award, Oil + Water.

Meet TED

December 4, 2008

I want to introduce you to “Inspired talks by the world’s leading thinkers and doers”

This website features videotaped presentations about Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Among many other topics, there are 33 speeches about the future of our environment. I was going to watch them all and tell you about my favorites, but that is just too big of a task for now. Check it out for yourself!

Nature Documentary Junkies

November 30, 2008

H and I are fans of nature documentaries. Apparently we’re not the only ones. In the Nature Stories Podcast, armchair naturalists are featured in an episode called Nature Junkies (MP3).

We’re currently working our way through the Planet Earth series, which I recorded on DVR. We are so fortunate to have the Animal Planet, Discovery and National Geographic channels.

My all-time favorite nature documentary is MicroCosmos, by Jacques Perrin. The amazing videography gives you a close-up look at the life of insects, without making you feel queasy. I don’t want to give away any of the surprises, so I will just describe this video as fascinating, beautiful, and hilarious. I highly recommend you purchase this video because adults and kids alike will enjoy watching it over and over again. It is a real hoot to watch MicroCosmos with a group of people.

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

November 25, 2008

Midwest Mountaineering is hosting the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 7 pm. Order your tickets here. I went to this fest last year and found it to be a thought-provoking mix of short films. Here’s a summary of the lineup for this year:

  • Carpa Diem – Kids and a fish in the aquarium could mean tragedy…
  • Climate: A Crisis Averted – Looks back from the year 2056…
  • For the Price of a Cup of Coffee – Follow the life cycle of a paper cup…
  • Fridays at the Farm – A family joins a community-supported organic farm…
  • Gimme Green – A humorous look at the American obsession with lawn…
  • Hybrid Pedal – Biking to draw attention to the endangered wildlands in the West…
  • Oil and Water Project – A trip from Alaska to Argentina without a single drop of oil…
  • The Good Fight – At 90, Martin Litton continues his efforts of preserving nature…
  • Water Loving Doggies – Looks like we’ll end the evening on a lighter note.

Outdoor Adventure Expo

November 17, 2008

Here’s an event for my fellow outdoorsy-type wannabes. Midwest Mountaineering in Minneapolis is hosting its annual Outdoor Adventure Expo November 21-23, 2008.


  • Everything on sale
  • Lots of exhibitors, such as outdoor clubs
  • Free presentations and demonstrations about outdoor activities and travel
  • Interesting speakers
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (you need tickets)

Hope to see you there!