Month: January 2016

“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

In summer nearly fifty years ago, I climbed to up the snow-clad slopes of 14,410-foot high Mount Rainier south of my hometown of Seattle.

(NPS Photo)
(NPS Photo)

The plan: Reach 10,000 feet above sea level, then in the company of one of my college fraternity brothers, ski back down over 4,500 feet to Paradise Inn where we had started out that morning.

Reality: Climbing steep, slushy slopes carrying skis over your shoulder is no easy feat. Long before we attained that nearly two-mile high elevation, fatigue, and discretion (the better part of valor), forced us to give up the climb and schuss back down-slope.

But how does that experience relate to one of the most visually astonishing documentary films that I have ever seen and which could be awarded a coveted gold “Oscar” statuette at the upcoming academy awards.

Plenty, as it turns out.

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The Big Apple, From The Top

The Big Apple, From The Top

If you are headed to New York City, there is a nifty way for you see it both historically, from the 15th century forward, and visually, with sweeping views across the landscape.

(Edgar Zuniga, Jr. Flickr Photo)
(Edgar Zuniga, Jr. Flickr Photo)

Take yourself to One World Observatory, atop the One World Trade Center building, on a virtual tour courtesy of this video from CBS’s “This Morning” show.

For more information on visiting this new “Big Apple” landmark, visit the One World Observatory Website.