Friday, February 3, 2012

Relative: Yosemite video from Vimeo

If you have ever wondered where my love of the outdoors comes from, just watch the video.

Yosemite HD from Project Yosemite on Vimeo.

io9 has more to say.
If you've ever visited California's Yosemite National Park, then you have an appreciation for how absurdly majestic its scenery is. You also know how difficult it can be to encapsulate that majesty when describing it to others; somehow, adjectives like "breathtaking" don't even begin to describe it.

For years, I've referred to Ansel Adams' iconic photographs of Yosemite when describing the Park to friends who have never been. Now, I have this video to show them, as well. Feast your eyes on Project Yosemite — a time-lapse, HD tribute to some of the most jaw-dropping wilderness on Earth.
I spent at least part of every summer growing up in Yosemite and both my sisters worked there.* I use the park and its features every chance I get in my Geology lectures, including this past Wednesday, when I showed my students the hikers climbing up the back side of Half Dome. One of the scenes in the video shows that. I tell my students that I love Geology, because it's my chance to get paid showing my family vacation photos. I'm only half joking.

*That's the "relative" part for today's post. The brother of one of my ex-girlfriends worked there, too, and knew my sisters. That story, when I tell it, will be filed under "it's a small world."


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    1. That adds another dimension to the term "scenery porn."