Sunday, August 8, 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
We were in need of metamorphic rock footage for EveryDay Earth so it was time to head back to Colorado. That's a bit of a drive for us, but still the closest source, so we loaded up the camera equipment and road snacks, topped off on gas and off we went.
But nothing worth finding is found easily and, of course, every road trip needs a few unrelated stops just for fun, so we decided to check out the Great Sand Dunes while we were out there. It had been years since we were last here but the dunes were still just and grand and sandy as we remembered.
Check out the ominous storm clouds behind Devin. We were lucky (or unlucky, depending on your point of view) to witness a rain storm pop up at the dunes. With tons of wind accompanying the storm, we got to see the movement of sediment firsthand.
It was a pretty severe storm but, thankfully, it was also short. Tourists who were exploring the tops of the dunes gave us weird looks as they ran past us for shelter while we stayed put trying to get footage. We got some good shots but between the wind, water and sand, we'll probably need to take the camera back in to the shop.
We were eventually able to find several roadside stops where metamorphic rocks were plentiful. We wanted to make sure to get plenty of shots of the "mushiness" (for lack of a better term) that the rocks endured during the extreme amounts of heat and pressure inflicted on them. It helps to be surrounded by the picturesque Colorado landscape while working. These rocks were great but we always want more.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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: