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Happy Halloween: Listen to this LIVE adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 31st, 2017 Comments off

Our friends, Keri Dearborn and Michael Lawshe just released their annual Halloween show, Ghosts of the Internet.

This year it is a live recording of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, adapted by Keri Dearborn.

If you listen, you might hear 2 familiar voices among the cast (wink, wink)

Listen to Ghosts of the Internet 11: Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Read the original story

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Also available in many versions from the LA Public LIbrary 

 

A Minute in New Zealand – Spotted shag (Stictocarbo punctatus) [Video] (1 min)

October 12th, 2017 Comments off

A Minute in New Zealand – Spotted shag (Stictocarbo punctatus)

Spotted shags (Stictocarbo punctatus) roost on the cliff face of Taiaroa Head, Dunedin, New Zealand near the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross — which also hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness this daily event.

Learn more about the Spotted Shag at New Zealand Birds Online 

A Minute in New Zealand - Spotted shag (Stictocarbo punctatus) [Video] (1 min)


 

The Royal Albatross Centre (host to the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross) provides information and provides viewing of the nesting site. It also hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness the evening arrival of the Little Blue Penguins to their burrows..

 

Albatross logo

A visit to Dunedin is not complete without taking in the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and the Royal Albatross Centre.

The Royal Albatross Centre offers wildlife and cultural tours of Taiaroa Head.  Visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross, the historic Fort Taiaroa and see the Little Blue Penguin colony at Pilots Beach. People come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacular views on the Otago Peninsula, The Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.  With its 20 km long harbour, Otago Peninsula is the home of an abundance of magnificent world famous wildlife. — Royal Albatross Centre



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A Minute in New Zealand – Dunedin Chinese Garden [Video] (1 min)

October 9th, 2017 Comments off

A Minute in New Zealand – Dunedin Chinese Garden [Video] (1 min)

A short video from the Dunedin Chinese Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand.

A Minute in New Zealand - Dunedin Chinese Garden [Video] (1 min)

 

From the Chinese Garden Web Site…

““Most cherished in this mundane world is a place without traffic, truly in the midst of a city there can be mountain and forest”. Wen Zhengming (1470 – 1559)

A perfect miniature of a traditional Chinese landscape painting, this Garden encapsulates the essence of nature. It was built to take you on a journey to a greater understanding of history, culture, heritage, and tradition.

Its origins come from a desire to celebrate the city’s Chinese heritage and its valuable sister city relationship with Shanghai.

If you think one visit is enough, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The Garden changes with the seasons and vistas and hidden corners appear unexpectedly so you see something different every time you visit.

Come and relax, drink tea, bring a picnic, try some puzzles and games or simply wander and soak up the tranquility of the only truly authentic Chinese Scholar’s Garden in the Southern Hemisphere.”

 

Music: “Senbazuru” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Create Commons



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A Minute in New Zealand – Taiaroa Head, Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand [Video] (1:01)

October 6th, 2017 Comments off

A Minute in New Zealand – Taiaroa Head, Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

A cliffside scene with many different seabirds including gulls and shags at Taiaroa Head, New Zealand, also the location of The Royal Albatross Centre – the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross — which also hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness this daily event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iryOWWfrKh0

 

The Royal Albatross Centre (host to the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross) provides information and provides viewing of the nesting site. It also hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness the evening arrival of the Little Blue Penguins to their burrows..

 

Albatross logo

A visit to Dunedin is not complete without taking in the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and the Royal Albatross Centre.

The Royal Albatross Centre offers wildlife and cultural tours of Taiaroa Head.  Visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross, the historic Fort Taiaroa and see the Little Blue Penguin colony at Pilots Beach. People come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacular views on the Otago Peninsula, The Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.  With its 20 km long harbour, Otago Peninsula is the home of an abundance of magnificent world famous wildlife. — Royal Albatross Centre



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Royal Albatross, Taiaroa Head, Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand [Video] (1:29)

October 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Royal Albatross, Taiaroa Head, Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

Very rough video of trip onboard the Monarch to cruise Otago Harbor and see the Royal Albatross. This was taken from a rocking boat, but I think there are a few shots worthy of viewing, especially if you haven’t seen an albatross before.

Royal Albatross, Taiaroa Head, Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

The Royal Albatross Centre (host to the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross) provides information and provides viewing of the nesting site. It also hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness the evening arrival of the Little Blue Penguins to their burrows..

 

Albatross logo

A visit to Dunedin is not complete without taking in the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and the Royal Albatross Centre.

The Royal Albatross Centre offers wildlife and cultural tours of Taiaroa Head.  Visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross, the historic Fort Taiaroa and see the Little Blue Penguin colony at Pilots Beach. People come from all over the world to enjoy the spectacular views on the Otago Peninsula, The Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.  With its 20 km long harbour, Otago Peninsula is the home of an abundance of magnificent world famous wildlife. — Royal Albatross Centre



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Little Blue Penguins 3 (Eudyptula minor) – Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand [Video] (1:18)

September 18th, 2017 Comments off

Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor) – Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

Blue penguins come ashore and head uphill to their burrows at the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) on Wikipedia

Little Blue Penguins 3 (Eudyptula minor) - Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

This protected nesting site hosts penguin burrows over its hillside expanse. The penguins come ashore each evening in sets of 3-6 and climb the beach and hillside to reach their burrows.

The Royal Albatross Centre (also host to the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross) hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness this daily event.

Albatross logo

Royal Albatross Centre



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Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor) – Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand [Video] (0:56)

September 11th, 2017 Comments off

Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor) – Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

Blue penguins come ashore and head uphill to their burrows at the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) on Wikipedia

Little Blue Penguins (Eudyptula minor) - Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

This protected nesting site hosts penguin burrows over its hillside expanse. The penguins come ashore each evening in sets of 3-6 and climb the beach and hillside to reach their burrows.

The Royal Albatross Centre (also host to the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross) hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness this daily event.

Albatross logo

Royal Albatross Centre



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Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) – Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand [Video] (0:43)

September 6th, 2017 Comments off

Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) – Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

A small blue penguin finds its burrow and its mate at the Royal Albatross Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) on Wikipedia

Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) - Korora (Maori), Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand [Video] (0:43)

 

This protected nesting site hosts penguin burrows over its hillside expanse. The penguins come ashore each evening in sets of 3-6 and climb the beach and hillside to reach their burrows.

The Royal Albatross Centre (also host to the only mainland nesting site for the Royal Albatross) hosts tours each evening to their penguin observation platform to witness this daily event.

Albatross logo

Royal Albatross Centre



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Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill – Loom Working in Slow Motion [Video] (0:28)

September 4th, 2017 Comments off

Stansborough LTD Woolen Mill - Loom Working in Slow Motion

On our recent (August 2017) trip to New Zealand, we made a special point of visiting Stansborough LTD, maker of fine woolen fabrics used in the costumes for The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

This is slow motion video of one of their turn-of-the-century looms at work. What you can’t hear and feel is the vibration of the floor and the slamming of the shuttles from one side of the machine to the other. This is truly a beast of another age.

If you are in Wellington, New Zealand, I highly recommend you visit and take their tour. It is like stepping back into an earlier age.

Stansborough LTD Web Site

Creating artisan woollen treasures

Introducing the Stansborough collection of sustainable designer woollen textiles.

​100% New Zealand, pure, natural and chemical free.
Cocoon yourself in timeless, environmentally friendly heirloom treasures.

Breathable textiles that warm and protect, made with passion and integrity

Luxurious blankets, throws, rugs, babywear, accessories and Licensed Movie Costuming, traditionally created by artisan craftsmen, on historic 1890’s looms.

 



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A Ride on the Wellington Cable Car Timelapse [Video]

September 3rd, 2017 Comments off

A quick timelapse shot on the Wellington Cable Car in Wellington, New Zealand during our recent trip.

Wellington Cable Car Info

A Ride on the Wellington Cable Car Timelapse



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