Aerial Travel Video: ‘Chicago – Illinois’

Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.

Science Podcast: Covid-19 In Schools, Why Leaves Die And Fall From Trees

Many schools closed in the spring, during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Many opened in the fall. Staff Writer Jennifer Couzin-Frankel joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about what was learned in spring about how coronavirus spreads in schools that might help keep children safe as cases surge once again. 

Also this week: What makes leaves fall off deciduous trees when they do—is it the short, cold nights? Or is the timing of so-called “leaf senescence” linked to when spring happens? Sarah talked to Constantin Zohner, a lead scientist at the Institute of Integrative Biology at ETH Zurich, about his tree leaf timing study. Sarah also spoke with commentary author Christy Rollinson, a forest ecologist at the Morton Arboretum, about how important these trees and the timing of their leaf drop is for climate change. In the books segment, host Kiki Sanford talks with Ruth DeFries about her book, What Would Nature Do? A Guide for Our Uncertain Times.

Profile: German Painter & Engraver Albrecht Dürer

‘Saint Eustace’ by Albrecht Dürer depicts the popular medieval legend of a Roman General becoming a saint. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover how Dürer captured the intricate detail of the story through the arduous medium of engraving.

Albrecht Dürer (1471 -1528), sometimes spelt in English as Durer or Duerer, was a German painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints.

New Walking Tour Video: ‘Lübeck – Germany’ (2020)

Lübeck is a northern German city distinguished by Brick Gothic architecture, which dates to its time as the medieval capital of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trading confederation. Its symbol is the Holstentor, a red-brick city gate that defended the river-bounded Altstadt (old town). Rebuilt following WW II, the Marienkirche is a 13th–14th-century landmark that widely influenced Northern European church design. 

Timeline: 0:00 Lübeck Hauptbahnhof 1:00 Bus station (ZOB) 3:00 Hansestraße / Lindenplatz 5:15 Puppenbrücke 8:00 Holstentor 12:00 Western City Center 16:00 Breite Straße 17:00 Markt 19:00 Breite Straße / Marienkirche 21:15 Fischstraße / Breite Straße 27:00 Beckergrube 33:00 Along the Trave River 40:00 Back to the City Center 43:00 St. Jakobi Kirche 45:00 Towards the Northern Old Town 48:00 Burgtor

Filmed in September 2020

Travel & Culture Video: ‘Portrait Of Kazakh Eagle Hunter’ In Mongolia

Directed and filmed by | Matteo Poddie

Could ever exist a bond of respect and love between an eagle and a human?

The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills which have been maintained by the Kazakhs over the past decades. For more than two centuries, Mongolian Kazakh men have been hunting on their horses with golden eagles, trained following old traditions which are fading over time.

This Art needs the development of a deep bond between man and his eagle in order to accomplish a successful hunt.

An interview to one of the remained descendants of this minority, who tries to spread and preserve this ancient practice, through love and sense of belonging to his roots. The eagle hunting would otherwise be facing the risk of disappearing forever with the development of the modern world.

It is outstanding how these birds still play a paramount role for these people’s lives.

Narrator | MikeJfvo
Shot on location | Mongolia, Altaj region

Hiking Video: Pulpit Rock & Preikestolen In Norway

Preikestolen, Pulpit Rock, Hiking the most Iconic landmark and views in Norway and Scandinavia. Raised 604m/1982ft from the water of Lysefjord in Ryfylke, Rogaland it is one of the most spectacular sights in Norway, if not the world.

To get to the trailhead I needed to the drive through the Ryfast tunnel, the worlds longest and deepest sub sea tunnel. I have included a 2 minute Time Warp video of the tunnel drive in the video. Filmed in 5k on GoPro Hero 9. A very different experience from backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, Sequoia Kings Canyon, Utah, Yellowstone National Park and similar in the USA, but the views and feeling in your gut will equal the feeling of looking over the edge towards Lone Pine on top of Mount Whitney or Mt Langley in California or Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah. Maybe even Grand Viewpoint in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Enjoy and have a happy thanksgiving celebration!

Video: ‘Walking Tour Of Downtown Disney To California Adventure’

Recording Date: November 2020

Disney California Adventure recently reopened its park to public after several months of closure. However, only Buena Vista Street and portion of Hollywood Land were opened. Disneyland Park and Resort remain closed. Downtown Disney District, which reopened last summer, has turned magical with its Christmas holiday decorations. Entrance to Downtown Disney requires temperature and security check so expect long queuing line. Admission to California is free but through waitlist, only pay $10 for parking.