Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Good Ship Starfinder - Song & Music by Clan Dyken

Published on January 23, 2017

Acoustic version of a song from the upcoming Clan Dyken album. Recorded in Smokey, the Silver Eagle. The Good Ship Starfinder written by Bear Dyken after a sailing trip on the Pacific Ocean, with reverence for water.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Light Will Change The Code - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Illness  everywhere

Humans crying in the dark

Light will change the code

© 2017 M. N. Hopkins

Note: The inspiration first came to me for the writing of this poem a few days ago.  The three words that popped into my mind were, ”change the code”.  I have played with several different combinations of words to express being active rather than reaction in setting the tone for ones mental and emotional life rather than going along with outside forces or influences. 

I decided to use the haiku (5-7-5) form as the medium to convey this message.  I first published this poem on my blog today, 16 July 2017. 

If you would like to read more of my poems, click on the link below:

More Poems by M.N. Hopkins

Friday, July 14, 2017

Gidda Beaivvas (Spring Sun) - Sung by Angelin Tytöt

Published on May 11, 2011

Song: Gidda Beaivvas
Artist: Angelin Tytöt
Album: The New Voice of the North

NOTE: I do not take credit for any of these pictures—rights to these photos belong to the original photographers and Angelit.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tune Out MSM - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Citizens misled

The media is corrupt

Tune out MSM

© 2017  M.N. Hopkins

Note:  I wished to express my opinion in a very simple manner and thought of social haiku.  I didn't know if this was a form of haiku until I researched different forms and found it to be so.  I both wrote and published this poem for the first time today, 11 July 2017 on my blog.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Field Of View - A Beautiful Video by Dakotalapse

Published on March 31, 2016

2016 Badlands Night Sky Workshops Join me this summer in the Badlands of SD and learn how to shoot stills and timelapse at night. http://dakotalapse.com/2016/01/2016-b...

Field Of View is a compilation of timelapse I have shot in the last year. The first shot of the sunset supercell was done on July 23, 2015. That storm dropped multiple Tornadoes in eastern South Dakota, I was shooting it from central SD. I shot timelapse of that same storm for almost 4 hours into the night. Other locations in the sequences are Aurora in central, western South Dakota and the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. The Red Desert in Wyoming, Bandlands and Buffalo Gap National Grasslands area of South Dakota. Bighorn and Teton Mountain areas in Wyoming.

You can see the rest of the 100+ full length sequences, on the 30+ minute “Field Of View” feature, available here  http://dakotalapse.com/2016/03/field-...

Available in 4K UHD, up to 4096 X 2304, for licensing.

Photography and Editing – Randy Halverson
Produced by Randy Halverson – Dakotalapse, LLC
Opening Dakotalapse graphics – Luke Arens
Music – “Uplifting” by Nick Perrin – licensed from Audiojungle

Cheyenne Camping Center – They gave me a great deal on a Flagstaff Micro Lite camper, which worked great while shooting timelapse in remote areas. They also have a great service department. http://www.cheyennecampingcenter.com

Dynamic Perception – The Stage Zero and Stage One dollies were used in many of the shots. I can’t recommend them enough for a quality product at a low price. http://www.dynamicperception.com/?Cli...

eMotimo – Great pan and tilt motion control. This will also mount on the Dynamic Perception Dollies.
See more about the eMotimo TB3’s on my website. http://www.dakotalapse.com/2014/01/em...

Camera Gear Used
Nikon D810
Sony AR7II
Canon 5D Mark III’s
Canon 6D

2 Nikon 14-24
Rokinon 35
Zeiss 21
Sigma 15mm Fisheye
Canon 70-300

Contact for licensing footage, shooting rates or anything else.
Randy Halverson

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Friday, July 7, 2017

It Need Not Be So - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

It is often so

Humans bear so much sadness

It need not be so

©  2017  M.N. Hopkins

Note:   I wrote this poem this morning while out and about in town as I passed a young man on the sidewalk whom carried such a tremedous amount of sadness.  Luckily,  I had a pen and a small pack of Kleenex napkins in a small pocket of my backpack to write on before the words flew from memory.   He was physically young, healthy and well trained but emotionally not so sound.   This is often the case when I pass young people on the bike path or sidewalk.  I don't mean to pry,  just happens from time to time.  I think it is just the old habits of growing up in a big city and the need to be alert and aware of one's surroundings along with my own heightened senses.   

For whatever the reasons, we human beings carry our emotions long beyond their intended use.  Sadness is natural and built into our coping and healing systems.  It's intention I believe is to have a short life so we are open to the next incoming emotional experience which very well may be joyful.  Even joy should not be carried so long for that would be unnatural also.  Experience the emotions and let them go.  In that way, we are open to all the emotional experiences when they occur.  We have created such unnatural emotional, work and community structures that sickness and retard our growth and development rather than encourage and nurture us into stronger, more resilient and balanced human beings whom are ever evolving.

Lastly, I used the haiku method (5-7-5 form) of poetry writing since it can convey meaning that can be taken by the reader on many levels if done properly and besides,  I like an economy of words in my poetry.

This poem was first published on my blog today, the 7th of July 2017.  I do hope that you get what it is I am attempting to convey in the above poem.