It is Memorial Day in the United States. This is a day on which we remember those we have lost. In particular of course we remember those who sacrificed so much to maintain our freedoms and our way of life, as well as our family members and friends. I don’t handle loss particularly well, but I am reminded on days like this that we have a great deal to be thankful for, so I’ll take it in that direction. Here’s a very short video I made recently of something for which we all should be grateful (or at least those of us who are lucky enough to have access to it) fresh drinking water. This is from Fever Brook as it cuts its way through the Federated Women’s Club State Forest in New Salem, Massachusetts. Fever Brook feeds into the Quabbin Reservoir, source of drinking water for much of Eastern Massachusetts. Our drinking water exists in large measure because of the sacrifice of those who came before us. Sacrifice, painful as it is, is what makes all of what we value possible. (This video looks infinitely better in HD, but if you don’t have a good connection, hit the HD button in the lower right and you’ll see it at a lower resolution.)
Tech Note: This video was actually shot on the new Panasonic GH4, in 4K believe. It is then down sampled to give a better looking HD video, at least that’s the theory. We’re still working on the implementation here I think but you will hopefully see some better work in the future.