Sunset over Olympics

Time-lapse videos

March 3, 2021

OK, I know that there aren't many birds in the following videos, but 2020 was a pretty lean year for my photo-birding endeavors, and I wanted something new to fill the gap. So for a while I plan to post time-lapse videos and scenery images here on my Home page. You can still find the bird pages through the menus at the left or by using the Search pane. (If you are looking for the slow motion video of the Anna's Hummingbird that was on this page yesterday, I moved it here.)

These videos were made with inexpensive WyzeCam security cameras, either the v2 Pan and Tilt or the newer v3, which does excellent infrared videos for catching deer and cloud activity at night. The camera is set to take one picture every three seconds, for three hours. This results in a 2-minute video of approximately 480 MB. I then edit the video and add a sound track and render it for the Web.

I mounted the WyzeCam v3 on a tripod and placed it on our deck, facing Dungeness Bay, overlooking Dungeness Spit with Victoria in the background, or on the ground next to the front porch facing the Olympics. Some of the videos are shot through the front window, which works well in some light conditions. The v3 records in color well after sunset, but eventually switches to infrared, which is basically black and white. With infrared, every bug or rain drop or snow flake in range produces a white streak. With time-lapse everything speeds up so it can get pretty frenetic. I find it mesmerizing if I can find the right music to go with it.


February 27, 2021

After two days of rain and high winds, last night the skies cleared overhead and the wind stopped. Hoping this would happen I had scheduled time-lapse videos from 04:00-07:00 hoping to capture the International Space Station pass over at 05:10 this morning. I knew one camera was oriented properly to the East Northeast to catch it before disappearing below the horizon. The other camera was pointed Southwest and should have been pointed Northwest but the wind was still blowing 30 mph when I went to bed and I just didn't feel like climbing up on the deck to try to orient it. Fortunately, that camera captured the full moon descending just before sunrise.

International Space Station

  • Feb 27, 2021 : (22 MB) This infrared video begins with three minutes of real-time video that I sped up to play in about 45 seconds. Look for the space station to appear almost immediately in the upper left of the screen. Then it transitions to time-lapse video that starts five seconds before the space station comes into view at the upper left of the screen. You have to watch closely because the space station goes over the horizon in just three seconds. But the rest of the video is worth watching. The light from the full moon makes it look like daylight, and as the moon sets behind the camera the shadow of the house grows and the light fades away just before dawn. The audio track is Bela Fleck & The Flecktones' "Bonnie & Slyde" track from their UFO TOFU album.

Full Moon Setting

  • Feb 27, 2021 : (24 MB) This is an infrared time-lapse video.The moon was full at 12:17, and the camera picked it up at 04:00. I stopped the video at the point that it changed from infrared to daylight video. Watch closely at 15 seconds and you'll see a jet flying west halfway between the moon and the mountains. Just as the moon is about to pass out of camera view the snow on the ridges of the Olympics lights up from the sun. The audio track is "One Quiet Night" by the Pat Metheny Group.

February 11, 2021

Looking North over Dungeness Bay towards Victoria

  • Feb 06, 2021 : (16 MB) I hadn't anticipated that the camera would pick up the gentleman who was pruning our apple tree, nor did I anticipate the wind picking up suddenly and a 35 mph gust toppling the tripod. Happily, a deck chair blocked the tripod from falling to the deck and no damage was done, other than the abrupt conclusion to the video. Audio: Jerry Douglas - Dobro
  • February 9, 2021 : (43 MB) I like this video for the cloud action, the changing light conditions from infrared to daylight and back to infrared hours later, as well as the sunlight and shadows, the boats moving past, and the lights of Victoria. Audio: Jerry Douglas - Dobro
  • February 10, 2021 : (63 MB) This video captured some rain and snow action. It looks much nastier than it really was, especially in the infrared part. Audio: Jerry Douglas - Dobro

Infrared Videos

  • January 25, 2021 : (23 MB) This is the first night I placed the WyzeCam v3 outside at night to see if we had any critters roaming around. It appears that the local deer herd likes to sleep in the front yard and wake up to snack on the lush green clover periodically. Audio: Outback - Hold On
  • January 28, 2021 : (39 MB) More deer and cloud action. Audio: Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream

Clouds Over the Olympic Mountains

  • January 7, 2020: (23 MB) Audio: Bela Fleck - Two-Part Invention No. 13 on Perpetual Motion
  • January 9, 2020: (23 MB) Audio: Edgar Meyer - Gigue - on Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suite on Double Base

Snow

  • January 14, 2020: (35 MB Audio: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World - on What a Wonderful World
  • January 16, 2020: (29 MB) Audio: Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell - Dueling Banjos on Apalacian Stomp-Bluegrass Classics

Landscaping

  • December 18, 2018: (78 MB) This is a real-time video of the C&J Excavating crew digging new dry well.
  • July 17-18, 2019: (87 MB) Crew from New Dungeness Nursery creating new planting areas. Audio: Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli - Swing from Paris and Sweet Georgia Brown on Swing from Paris.
  • October 3-4, 2019: (40 MB) Randy of Excel Services removing sod and spreading top soil. Audio: Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown on Appalacian Stomp-Bluegrass Classics
  • October 12, 2019: (52 MB) Javan and Christy of JC Hydroseeding spraying clover seed. Audio: Boogie Woogie Kid - Thumper on Boogie Woogie Kid

Local Scenery


Sunset over Olympics

Panorama of Sunset over Olympics; Dungeness, WA 12/22/2019


Sunset over Olympics

Sunset over Olympics; Dungeness, WA 12/22/2019


Mount Baker from Dungeness Landing Park

Panorama of Mount Baker from Dungeness Landing County Park; Dungeness, WA 12/25/2019


Mount Baker from Dungeness Landing Park

Panorama of Mount Baker from Dungeness Landing County Park; Dungeness, WA 12/25/2019


Mount Baker from Dungeness Landing Park

Mount Baker from Dungeness Landing County Park; Dungeness, WA 12/25/2019


Rainbow over Dungeness Bay

Double Rainbow; Dungeness, WA. 12/31/2019


Sub and Mt. Baker

Sub passing in front of Mt. Baker from Dungeness Landing Park 2/21/2019


Dungeness Spit under water

Dungeness Spit 12/23/2015. King tide and high winds breach the Spit.


Dungeness Spit under water

New Dungeness Lighthouse and Mt. Baker from Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge 12/1/2009