Daily Archives: December 17, 2014

Don Torino’s Latest Column


Don Torino, president of the Bergen County Audubon Society, has a new column about the joys of the outdoors this holiday season.

Here’s the opening:

I have always believed birders and all people that have made nature a part of their lives have an undeniable special connection to the natural world.

Call it emotional or spiritual, divine or magical, either way I believe we all feel something very special when we spend time in the wild places we have come to love so much.    


No matter what is going on in this hectic and sometimes overwhelming time of year, there is no mistaking that a walk in the woods or the just the sight of a favorite bird makes us feel just a little better about the day.

Keeping a Holiday connection to nature can make that time even more enjoyable and special.

Link is here.

Sunset Mike’s Meadowlands Videos: Part 2

Video 2: “Fall In The Meadowlands, Sunrises, Sunsets and Great Skies Timelapse HDR Photography (Part 1)”  (Please please with sound on.)

Mike Maddaloni writes:

This video and the one that will be posted here tomorrow showcase the best nature had to offer us. I think you got quite a few stills from Ron, Roy, Chris, and others, so to compliment their awesome shots, here are the time lapse videos of those glorious skies at sunrise, sunset, and some in between when the skies were just awesome.

In all, in the fall, I had over 30 minutes of TIME LAPSE material (extrapolated that’s about 200 hours worth of time spent on location with multiple cameras going at once, of course), with a whopping 120 individual sequences, that’s an average of about three per day, so what you see is only the best of the best.

Background: Mike Maddaloni recently went into high gear, producing not one, or two, but three videos featuring Meadowlands sunrises and sunsets — all time-lapse compilations starting from the summer until a few weeks ago.

(Thanks, Mike!)

We’ll post the third video tomorrow.