Sunday, March 21, 2021
Sunday, December 20, 2020
We headed north for our latest shoot, all the way to the Sunflower State. Kansas welcomed us back but it wasn't its flat plains we were looking for, it was underneath them. Strataca, the Underground Salt Museum is a part of a still-working mine owned by the Hutchinson Salt Company and they were nice enough to let us come by and get some footage for EveryDay Earth!
In addition to several tours, the underground museum has tons of exhibits on mining, history and science, all inside the old mine. It only takes 90 seconds to descend the 650 feet into the mine/museum but hours to take it all in. It was great to get shots of the walls of the historic tunnels.
There were also plenty of old mining equipment on display as well as tons and tons of empty dynamite boxes. Apparently "what goes down into the mine, stays in the mine" including artifacts like old food packages, tools and even old footprints from the miners.
As you can probably imagine, the life of a miner was hardly glamorous. The tours provided a good look into their working life including this seat of honor, left untouched for years. Again, "what goes down into the mine, stays in the mine." Due to the nature of the enclosed mine, everything inside it is well-preserved.
And because of this, lots of old films and stored here as well as famous film costumes and props. Our favorite was "Dorothy II" from the movie "Twister" but there were plenty of other stuff from movies like "Batman & Robin," "The Matrix, " and others.
Those were great but we were there for the rocks, of course. We were able to get some great shots that will end up in future Missions of EveryDay Earth, so soon you'll be able to virtually experience Strataca yourself.
Monday, November 2, 2020
All four parts of the Teacher's Edition of our documentary "Oklahoma Rocks!" are now on YouTube and you can stream them for free! Here's all four in a YouTube Playlist:
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020
We got a ton of great shots out there so be on the lookout for it in upcoming EveryDay Earth missions!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Luckily our friends at the Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society were kind enough to loan us some of their best specimens to shoot. A few days before they had just taken down a display at the Metropolitan Library in downtown Oklahoma City so the timing was prefect.
We needed a space to set up and our friends at another library, the Piedmont Library, let us use some of their space (and show off some rocks). Here's what the setup looks like...
...to get a shot of native sulfur that looks like this:
We spent several hours shooting and had access to some great specimens. There were even several that were so big we couldn't fit them in the light box. That didn't stop us from getting footage of them though.
All in all, it was a very productive day and we'd like to thank everyone who helped out. Be on the lookout for the great shots we got in EveryDay Earth!