Go Solar!

In my quest to reduce my carbon footprint I am seriously considering installing solar panels. I am coincidently doing a unit of work on energy with my Year 7 Science class.  Since our school is “learning from home”,  I  had time to play with some new apps and techniques to prepare a lesson for remote learning, I put this clip together as a bit of fun. Three parts learning new skills, 3 parts lesson prep and 4 parts just fooling around!

Video footage using my iPhone, screen capture using Loom. Music from Purple Planet. Adobe Sketch with an Apple Pencil and iMovie to put it all together.

 

Trams in Sydney – Mini Doc Week 8

The return of trams to George Street.

This week’s short clip about the return of the Light Rail System (aka trams) to Sydney.

George Street is back in order and the new routes between Circular Quay and Central and  Central out to Randwick are up and running as of the end of January 2020. The line going out to the Inner West suburbs has been operating since 1997, although the final extension to Dulwich Hill was not completed until 2014. This line follows the old goods line route.

The last of Sydney’s old trams ran to Kingsford in February 1961. They were closed down as the popularity of cars increased. In hindsight, not a great decision as traffic has become such a huge problem.

Thankfully, the ugly Monorail which operated from 1988 – 2013 has been pulled down.

 

The next step in Sydney’s transport system is the completion of the now under construction  Metro System. If you’re interested in the old-style trams, visit the  Tram Museum in southern Sydney near the Royal National Park.

The footage was filmed in March 2020, on my iPhone and edited using iMovie on my phone. In the voiceover, I mispronounce Circular Quay but I wasn’t going to do it again!!!!

The music is from Purple Planet.

PS: This may well be the last Mini Doc of the Week for a while! As I have said in previous posts the challenge is becoming too much of a challenge and causing me some unexpected anxiety.  It may become Mini doc of the Month with some other things thrown in in the intervening weeks.

 

Mini-Doc of the Week 7 – Sustainable Tourism.

Sustainable tourism?

This week’s mini-doc looks at one isolated aspect of sustainable tourism.  Millions and millions of people visit Niagara Falls every year.  This obviously puts an incredible strain on such a beautiful area but is no doubt essential to the local economy.

A big part of the experience is a cruise up river to view the falls close-up. The ticket price includes a plastic poncho.

I’m left wondering exactly what do they do with all those ponchos? While I am sure some get kept as souvenirs, the majority would end up in the bins at the end of the gangway.

Are there other options? I don’t know what the answer is beyond getting wet. What did they do before plastic ponchos were invented? I guess people brought their own raincoats. Could Maid in the Mist (on the US side) or Hornblower (on the Canadian side) have reusable ponchos? Or sell heavier duty ones which were not single-use? Perhaps there could be a discount for people who don’t use the poncho and bring their own?

 

The footage was shot in 2016 and repurposed for this clip in March, 2020. Shot with a Panasonic FZ1000 and edited using iMovie on my iMac.  Music from Purple Planet. 

Canada was a spectacular place to visit and I could happily go back again. I have shared other stories about my time in Canada in these posts:

The road-tripping photographer (one of my favourites!)

Canada – Just like Australia except with Mountains and Bears.

Winning the lottery at Moraine Lake – you never know who you’ll meet!

Five out of six ain’t bad  – AirBnB gone wrong!