Showing posts with label My Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Life. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Of Wolves and Rocks (Part 2)

Originally, Allie and I's trip to Colorado Springs was meant to include an extra evening from the day before our adventure at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.  With the world crisis underway, however, we just decided to drive down a bit later on Thursday.  Our time at the Center was scheduled for Friday morning.  This left Friday afternoon for exploring other local attractions.

We explored the Garden of the Gods. The drive around the park was fairly straightforward.  We stopped of at the Kissing Camels, Siamese Twins and Balanced Rock.

Kissing Camels
Siamese Twins
Balanced Rock
Afterwards we found a good Mexican restaurant that was on the way back to Colorado Springs, called Crystal Park Cantina.  We ordered by phone and then went to pick up our takeout order.  We were pleasantly surprized by our dishes when we ate them after we got back to our hotel.  We might return to this location next time we are in the area.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Of Wolves and Rocks (Part 1)

Allie and I travelled to the Colorado Springs area this weekend to explore the area and meet some wildlife at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.  Our travel itinerary was made before the current world crisis.  As such, many plans were changed or cancelled.  In Colorado, there are state restrictions, which are being phased out right now.  However, there's little consistency from one region to another since  individual cities have set their own rules.  So, we didn't know for sure if our visit to the Center was even going to happen until a week prior.  We had to change our hotel and cancel all restaurant reservations.  It was also fruitless to try to explore Colorado Springs downtown.

Fortunately, the Center was able to open as of May 1.  So, in addition to some everyday strict clothing requirements, the Center implemented proper face mask and social distancing for guests and staff.  

We had the Ultimate Alpha package.  This includes meeting two pairs of wolves and also foxes, and 50 photos of the interactions.  My only critique of our experience is that the quality of photography was lacking, as you'll see below. If you compare our photos with what is presented on the website, there's a world of difference.  I did touch up the photos to fix as much of the issues as possible.

We first visited the foxes.  The foxes were rambunctious.  They actually kinda reminded me of racoons. While we were in their enclosure, there was no question that Rhett and Scarlett viewed us as the source of their kibble, and nothing more.


Scarlett

Rhett

Rhett and Scarlett

Navi and Tala are the pair of wolves that we next met.  I don't know if the photos truly capture the size of Navi.  When you are face to face with him, looking at him in the eyes, you get a real sense of the power and grace embodied by these awesome canids.  

Being greeted by Tala and Navi

We were able to start a pack howl. 
It wasn't hard.  They live for howling.

Navi and Tala

Finally, we met with Orenda and Isha. 

Orenda posing
  
A wolf only sits when it wants, and the treats only provide passive enticement.  Orenda only half sits for the promise of a kibble.

Orenda kinda sits for kibble.

Tala greeted Allie at first, but was generally aloof.  She knows she's beautiful and has little time for us humans.  (Actually, she did enjoyably interact with us for a time, but none of the photos are well-posed.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Orbital Dance - Inspired by adventures in Elite Dangerous

Flying around planets and moons is fun in Elite Dangerous.  This music is inspired by exploring worlds in star systems playing Elite Dangerous.



Other ED inspired music:
Explorer's Path
Cloud View
Orbital Dance

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

One soulful evening, I found myself looking up to the sky from a small moon

While playing Elite Dangerous, I was in my SRV on a small moon in a dimly lit star system at a geologically active site.  I looked up to see the parent planet and the space around me filled with an eerie sauna like steam bath.  The experience inspired this work.  While short, the tune is very loopable.




Other ED inspired music:
Explorer's Path
Cloud View
Orbital Dance

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Inspired by Running around the Galaxy in Elite Dangerous

After running around a galaxy of 400M+ stars and planets in Elite Dangerous, something from within me has sparked an exploration of ambient music inspired by my journeys.  So far, I have four works.  They are a backdrop for our daily explorations.  I'm releasing one at a time since they aren't really linked together in an albumatic theme.  This first release is truly meant to be background, so it lacks drama necessary for active listening.  My future releases will incorporate more dramatic tunes.  Here's Explorer's Path as it appears in iTunes:

Explorer's Path - Single

Other ED inspired music:
Explorer's Path
Cloud View
Orbital Dance

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

One Minute to Midnight (2019)


Good short film, for which I am titled "Executive Producer".  Although the title is only earned by my literal contribution to the Kickstarter project, I actually did help out with getting film details on IMDb, so...I guess I did some executive-producery stuff afterall. For the scope of the project and its literal shoestring budget, it turned out to be a surprizingly good short film.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Australian bush fire crisis isn't over by a long ways

As a reminder, the fire crisis in Australia isn't over by a long ways. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50951043)

Two organizations to which I've donated are Wires (https://www.wires.org.au/) for the animals and St. Vincent de Paul Society (https://www.vinnies.org.au) to help humans victims. It's my understanding that both organizations are applying donations directly to current relief efforts (if you choose the correct link on their websites).

There are also suggestions to donate to Red Cross and other similar organizations. This is also important because they respond to disasters. However, please realize that such donations are typically applied to their general fund and may or may not be applied to current relief operations. If you wish to donate to these, please do so at regular intervals as a separate donation to allow those organizations to continue to respond to future disasters.